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Re: “Joy Yee's Noodles

This is a brand new noodle shop and "Bubble Tea bar" in downtown Evanston. The menu is HUGE! Tons and tons of choices, plus the menu includes color pictures of their most popular dishes. The food is good, hot, and fresh though perhaps not spectacular.

"Bubble Tea" is an asian drink with pearls of tapioca -- the "bubbles". The Bubble Tea menu is just as extensive, with lots of choices including milk teas and fruit freezes made with fresh fruit. The tapioca pearls add an interesting textural contrast to the drink.

I will definitely be returning here on a regular basis!

Posted by Amy Fisher on 10/31/2001 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Thai Pastry

The food here is excellent, which probably explains why it's so crowded on the weekends. And I do mean CROWDED -- I've waited as long as 45 minutes for a table here on the weekends, and it's even pretty busy on weeknights.

I do need to comment on the waitstaff. I have been to Thai Pastry three times now, and each time the service has been completely unacceptable. It's next to impossible to catch your waiter's eye. The wait between being seated and taking your order is always far too long. And the waitstaff doesn't speak very much English, so it's often difficult to know if they've really understood your request or not. Once I tried to order some of the desserts mentioned in Laura Levy's review, and was met with a blank stare. The waitress had absolutely no idea what I was trying to convey. I have travelled a lot, and consider myself fairly patient with those who have not mastered English, but my experiences with Thai Pastry's waitstaff have been uniformly frustrating -- to the point of making me hesitant to return.

That said, the food is outstanding! You might want to consider just ordering take-out, and avoid the waitstaff altogether.

Posted by Bill McLaughlin on 01/27/2001 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Sushi Wabi

Better than average sushi for the hipper-than-thou crowd.
Don't expect to be able to actually see your dining partner if you sit along the wall -- the lighting is very uneven, bright in some spots and weirdly shadowed in others. The trance/acid jazz music was loud enough that conversation was difficult at times.
While the sushi is good (not excellent), this is definitely a see-and-be-seen, impress-your-clients kind of place. If you're more concerned with great tasting sushi, you can do better than Sushi Wabi.

Posted by Bill McLaughlin on 10/12/2000 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Twisted Spoke

If you've been afraid to visit this place because the "burger-centric" reviews have made you wonder if it's vegetarian-friendly, wait no longer! It's not just burgers -- there's a wide variety of food on the menu. Salads, thai-style noodles, and a huge burrito that is wonderful when ordered with portobello mushrooms instead of meat. My dining companion had a tuna sandwich that was also large and very good. So if you're vegetarian or just trying to stay away from red meat, you will find plenty of choices. I was very pleasantly surprised, and will definitely be going back for more.

Posted by Bill McLaughlin on 10/01/2000 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Cafe Selmarie

Cafe Selmarie expanded their space in late '99, and it's a real improvement! More tables, more space between the tables, and not so "echo-y". As always, the menu is varied -- soups, salads, entrees, and of course the sweets! This place is great because my husband is a light eater, whereas I have a heartier appetite and a killer sweet tooth. At Selmarie, he and I both can find something to suit our appetite without feeling like we're "making do". All the entrees I've had here have been wonderful, and the rum balls are to die for!

Posted by Amy F. on 01/31/2000 at 4:11 PM

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