According to their Yelp, we are not the only ones who have shown up too early to Thai-Thai. Not open until 5PM on Saturdays, it would seem like Thai-Thai would have a hard time, but their new expansion and renovation have only made them more popular.
Sometimes we go to the Greek diner across the street, The Golden Egg, but sometimes we are well-organized enough to come late enough to get in. Thai-Thai has some pretty delicious food; their Pad See Ewe really hits the spot after a long day of work. They are fast, flavorful, and have Thai Iced Tea. Yum!~
After helping Kevin, Olivia and John move, we went out for a much deserved meal. I don’t know if I was just really hungry, but My Thai was amazingly delicious.
The service was extremely prompt; it felt like we had only just ordered when our food came out! Thanks also to Kevin and Olivia for treating us!
Cristina’s older sister Merina recommended Cozy Noodles, and we’ve been continually returning to it for over six years now! It’s an adorable restaurant, very eclectic and highly decorated.
The Experience: One comes to Cozy for the experience. The restaurant is packed full of someone’s collection – he or she has accumulated everything from lunchboxes to license plates to toy robots over the years, and they are proudly displayed on the walls of the restaurant.
There’s even a lifesize Elvis in the window, along with a Hello Kitty car and a water fountain. There are cute signs all around that say everything from, “Please (present your coupon at the beginning of the each meal, otherwise you could) save it!” to “Princess parking only, all others will be toad!” It’s really adorable.
The Food: Cozy has pretty good food; there’s nothing spectacular about it, but I’ve also never had a bad experience either. It can get pretty crowded on Friday nights, since it’s BYOB and Evanston is a college town. There’s a liquor store right across the street too, so it’s pretty much as convenient as you can get.
Although there isn’t any Mango Sticky Rice on the dessert menu, there’s some delicious mochi that comes nicely decorated.
The Bill: Cozy is a lot cheaper if you come for their lunch specials, which Evelyn, Cristina and I used to do all the time during our IMSA Mentorship lunch breaks. The dinner is a little bit pricier, coming to approximately $25 for two.
There seem to be a ton of Thai noodle restaurants in Evanston. You’ve got Cozy Noodles, Sabai, Thai Sookdee, Ruby of Siam, etc. Zoba’s is a cute little restaurant near the much more expensive Pete Miller’s, and has some pretty decent homemade noodles.
The Experience: The atmosphere is very bright; not quite as eclectic as Cozy Noodles, but there’s definitely something to be said for whoever did the decorating. Zoba’s is also BYOB, which is always a plus for poor starving college students like us. (It’s not perfectly located with a liquor store across the street like Cozy or Mandarin House, but World Market isn’t too far a walk!)
The Food: The noodles are very nice; they definitely have a homemade feel to them – sticky, thick, and well-textured. There’s a little hole-in-the-wall place out by my high school, the Illinois Math and Science Academy, called Katy’s Dumpling House, which seriously has the most amazing noodles I’ve ever had. Zoba can’t compare to that, but are definitely worth settling for in Evanston.
The Bill: Zoba’s is pretty cheap, definitely within a student’s budget. Our bill of four dishes plus mango sticky rice (<3) came to just about $40, which I think is quite reasonable. The only drawback is ordering delivery – Martin and I always seem to get less noodles than when we dine in, and it doesn’t seem to be as fresh. We’ve only ordered once though, and all our dine-in experiences have been good.
Overall: Zoba Noodle Bar is not a bad place to grab a bite to eat. Delivery can be a little sketchy, but dining in allows us to enjoy the bright green wallpaper. It’s usually not too crowded, so we get good service too! Check out their official website, and Yelp!