Noodlehead - Pittsburgh, PA
This restaurant is just one more reason to come visit Pittsburgh. They serve Thai-inspired street food at an affordable price, we are talking cheap. You'll spend double at a chain like P.F. Chang's for food that is half as good as Noodlehead. Before I begin let me give you some tips.
- CASH ONLY: There's an ATM in the back.
- One check per table: College students always be like, "can we have 45 separate checks, take out boxes, and a small woodland animal?" They don't have TIME for that.
- No reservations: Just walk in and have them add your name to the list. You won't have to wait too long, even on the weekends. If you're really hungry you could do a reverse dinner and grab an ice cream next door at Millie's (that's a whole other post for another day people).
- BYOB: Nah don't complain, it's cheaper for you anyway. They have great tea, you don't need alcohol unless you want to be extremely jovial.
- COOL CLOTHES: There are no fancy pants in here, but there are a ton of hipsters. This is your chance to wear those ripped jeans or that shirt you spilled a bucket of paint on, it will fly here.
Let's get to the EATS. What should you order? I have been to Noodlehead two times in the last week, that's how great it is. Everything I have tasted so far has been excellent but I have some favorites already. Listen up.
Pork Belly Steam Buns
I am so sorry if you're a vegetarian. This may be one of those moments that you pretend you didn't know there was meat in it. "What?!!? Pork is MEAT? Dang, after I finish this plate I swear I'll never slip up again." If you like soft and sweet buns (oh, I know you do) you will love these babies. The pork has been marinated and it melts in your mouth. The cucumber and cilantro add a fresh bite to the sweetness of the bun and the saltiness of the pork. Lastly, there is a secret sauce on the bottom that adds a little kick to the ensemble, it might be some sort of chipotle mayonnaise. These buns are juicy, but not so much that they make a mess of your paint covered shirt and ripped jeans (refer to my tips for attire if you're confused).
Sweet Potato Triangles
These little geometric puffs are served with a refreshing cucumber sauce for dipping. There's a little hint of curry and it mixes well with the creamy sweet potato filling. They came out piping hot and we were so excited that we all suffered from burns, but it was worth it.
I love wide flat noodles and you will too! They are sweeter and softer than the skinnier ones. This dish has bok choy, egg, broccoli, and your choice of protein (I chose shrimp). It is cooked with a sweet black soy sauce that is subtle and light. It's a large portion, so share with a friend or be prepared to have a midnight snack later. This dish will not let you down.
*Note: Noodlehead has a spice scale that ranges from 1-5 and it is HOT. If you don't like spice go for a 0 or a 1, nothing more. I am pretty tolerant and a 2 made me look like a wuss.
This dish is featured under the noodle soups because the noodles are swimming in a sweet and sour lime broth with a hardboiled egg, ground pork, rice noodles, cilantro, peanuts, and green beans. This dish is a bowl of a thousand flavors, but not in an overwhelming way. The second time I went I was fighting a cold and I ordered this dish to help soothe my throat and warm me up! Make sure that you order a 1 or 0 on the spice scale because this dish is naturally spicy.
Overall Noodlehead is an adorable eatery with a small and simple menu. No matter what you order, it will be tasty and affordable. I hope that you'll give Noodlehead a try and if you do please let me know what you think!