Zoba Noodle Bar

January 22nd, 2009: As seen on Archive (PDF)


Another downtown Evanston quirky (and cheap) Thai go-to

Although a twist on “soba,” the Japanese buckwheat noodle, on account of its in-house noodle prep, Zoba is all eyes for Thai.  Gyoza (pot stickers), Tum Yum, curries, Pad Thai, all traditionally back up a handful of quirky, loaded-ingredient spin-offs, noted by the prefix “Zo,” i.e. Zo’s Crazy Noodles, a basil, carrot, onion bell pepper, egg, straw mushroom and bamboo shoot stir-fry.

It’d be tacky if it wasn’t so modestly priced, dressed in a Discovery Zone mismatch of yellows and lime green, walls dotted with red plates.  But with double-the-portion entrees of area competition (Cozy Noodles & Rice) under $9 (excluding shrimp and combos), dipping under $7 for lunch, it’s perfect for BYOB socials and NU study breaks on a budget.

Hours: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday; Closed Saturday

Price range:

Under $9