Noodlehead [PGH]

242 South Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Yesterday, I ventured over to Shadyside (an uber-trendy neighborhood of Pittsburgh, despite its name) with one of my loveliest of lovely friends, Shaun. We decided on lunch at Noodlehead, which is a cash-only Thai restaurant with wooden accents and a contemporary buzz. One of my favorite quotes from our 63 degree December afternoon was, “This weather makes me want to switch my major from English to environmental policy.”

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We started off with Pork Belly Steamed Buns, which were deliciously juicy and flavorful. The bun itself was soft and chewy, and it matched the tender pulled pork on the inside.

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I went with the Street Noodle #1 dish, which came with rice noodles, Thai fried chicken, bok choy, and cilantro. I was pleasantly surprised by how much lemon was infused into the noodles and the broth. The tanginess of the noodles not only made the dish memorable, but it also made a great pair with the crispy fried chicken. My friend once warned me about the spiciness of Noodlehead, so I chose a spiciness level of 1 (which is the least spicy out of 5), and it definitely still had a noticeable kick.

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Shaun got the Kee Mao noodles with shrimp and a spiciness level of 3, and this dish came with flat rice noodles, bok choy, and a spicy garlic sauce. “The Kee Mao was awesome!” Shaun told me. “I definitely overestimated my spice tolerance a little bit, but overall the chilis were really flavorful without being overpowering. I really liked how the crunchiness of the bok choy and shrimp contrasted with the softness of the noodles.”

Overall, I’d love to go to Noodlehead again sometime to try out more of its menu! And to eat more of those pork buns.