I came across a great Japanese market on my walk home from work. Hana Japanese Market recently opened at 17th and U Street in Northwest Washington, DC. It is a great little market that carries almost any Japanese product you could need. They mostly have dry or frozen goods, but they also get local, fresh Japanese vegetables from a Virginia farm every Thursday. They have a wide selection of frozen, sushi grade fish and a wide variety of miso paste. Best of all they are very helpful and knowledgeable! The manager of Hana used to run the Japan Inn restaurant, which was a DC institution.
I stopped by the Safeway on 17th street first and picked up some thin steaks. The guy at Hana pointed me towards a great Japanese BBQ marinade for the steak. I also picked up some treats to make the lunches I’m going to pack a little more fun.
Expect more Japanese dishes tin the future!
Don’t just take my word for it, check out all the great reviews and photos:
City Paper (That is where I got the photo from)