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Wheat Bay, Qiao Noodle House fire up Lloyd District restaurant scene

Last October, two new restaurants opened blocks from each other in the Lloyd District, each offering regional Chinese specialties alongside popcorn chicken and fries.

Before last year, Lloyd wasn’t known as a Chinese food destination. Besides Frank’s Noodle House, a beloved hand-pulled noodle and zhajiangmian joint in a converted Northeast Broadway home, options were mostly limited to old haunts such as Chen’s Dynasty, orange chicken kiosks at the mall (the unconquerable Chicken Connection) or trips to Shandong or Chin’s Kitchen in Hollywood to the east.

Wheat Bay (1618 N.E. Sixth Ave.), which also goes by Uniquely Chengdu, is the second

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