Hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday; dinner: seven days
BYO Thai place from a husband-and-wife team.
Owner Roongseang used to play guitar in a cover band on a U.S. Army base in northeastern Thailand during the Vietnam War, which is why you're likely hear Creedence, America, or Carole King on the soundtrack of this sleek Edgewater Thai joint. Meanwhile the tom yam is sweet and a bit sour, but neither funky nor terribly spicy, and the pad thai is sweetened to American standards. Boneless ground chicken angel wings are deep-fried and extended with glass noodles and accompanied by the a sweet sticky sauce. The beef salad nam tok with toasted rice powder has an appropriately granular texture but seemed toned down, and even a hot catfish curry with bitter eggplant and green peppercorns seems muted. The former owners of Evanston's Noodle Garden, Roongseang and wife, Jin (who does the cooking), are planning to retire to Thailand once their kids are settled, which is probably why there are no surprises, no secret menus, and everything seems prepared to maximize familiarity as much as possible.
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