Friday, August 12, 2011

Oodles of Noodles

Location: 2540 N Clark
Cost: Around $12 per person

A few weekends back there was going to be a barbecue for Erika "my gchat status is what I'm wearing" Schmit's birthday. I got all psyched up for an evening of hot dogs and beer and headed over to the Professor's apartment so that we could go over together. When I got there, I found out that plans had changed. Erika had chosen to go to a restaurant since the barbecue had fallen through. The birthday girl was in the mood for Thai food, so we ended up at Oodles of Noodles.

Logistics
The crew ended up totaling to five with the Ericas, Hailey, Joel, and myself, and there was no problem getting a table. The setup is really funny considering that there are three different interconnected store fronts. It's all one big place with three names (Oodles of Noodles, Red Bambu, and Chicago Creamery). It was pretty odd eating our food while people stood in line next to our table to order ice cream.

The service was efficient and attentive, but there weren't really that many other people to keep them busy. The cost was what I'd expect. Most appetizers were around $5 and entrees were closer to $8. It was BYOB with no corkage fee.

The Food
By the time we started dinner it was kind of late. On top of that, we didn't want to be too full before going out. That being said, we went straight for entrees. We got the Chicken Pad Thai, the Panang Curry Beef, the Chicken Udon Noodles, the Shrimp Pad See Lew, and the Spicy Chicken Crazy Noodles. There was a lot of sharing going on, and I got to try all of the dishes. Except for them calling it Pad See Lew instead of Pad See Ew (like it's called everywhere else), the dish was solid. The noodles were wide, saucy, and substantial. I was pleased that the chicken wasn't overcooked in any of the dishes. The Panang Curry was a little bland, and I would've liked more beef. One issue was that lots of the dishes, although containing different noodles, sauces, and proteins, had a similar overall feel.

The Chicken Udon Noodles

The Shrimp Pad See Lew

The Spicy Chicken Crazy Noodles

The Panang Beef Curry

 The Chicken Pad Thai

Overall
Oodles of Noodles did a nice job of avoiding common pitfalls of cheap Thai restaurants like being overly greasy and having overcooked proteins. It was ideal for our last minute plans. I wish the dishes packed a little more unique flavor across the board though. I'm giving them 3 out of 5 Pearls.


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