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Joy Yee’s Noodle Kitchen

Restaurants, Pan-Asian Evanston
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Joy Yee's Noodles is one of our favorite spots for cheap eats in Chinatown.
Photo: Erica Gannett Joy Yee's Noodles is one of our favorite spots for cheap eats in Chinatown.

Time Out says

The Joy Yee mini empire took root in Evanston back in 1993 and continues to pack in everyone from students to local office stiffs who loosen up with platter-size portions of pan-Asian food. The menu’s a bit less adventurous here than at the Chinatown outpost, but we still stop in for mussels with black-bean sauce, garlicky chicken with string beans and gargantuan bowls of udon-noodle soup. And it wouldn’t seem right to leave without a pastel-colored bubble tea from the spot that claims to have introduced it to Chicagoland.



Address: 521 Davis St
Transport: El stop: Purple to Davis. Bus: 201, 205.
Price: Average main course: $9
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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I have come here a couple times since it's probably the cleanest, however, the service is not the greatest. The tofu isn't made crispy as requested and sometimes it's not as clean, but it is better than other offerings in the area. They do have a great selection of Bubble Tea, however, and also quite the selection for meat eaters. I think if you enjoy meat and are looking for something in the Chinatown area; then this will satisfy your stomach and bank account. It is relatively cheap with large servings. 

I came here for dinner with friends, and while the chairs look nice, they're not very comfortable at all. The menu is very long, but great because it has pictures of almost all of the entrees and beverages! I wish more restaurants did this! Our food came out very quick... but I was halfway through my meal before my friends got their boba drinks, which was disappointing. The portions were reasonable for the price.

Joy Yee's is bae. (Speaking of bae, my friends from the Ba(e)y area always made fun of me for eating here because apparently boba's not supposed to costs $5? Whatever!! This place is great!!) Do you want a boat full of orange chicken? Go to Joy Yee's. Do you want a mixing bowl-sized soup container filling with unidentifiable objects that still somehow taste delicious? Joy Yee's. Do you want a durian smoothy with red beans (don't try this, it's gross)? But still... Joy Yee's. Joy Yeezy, I miss you every day and can't wait to see you soon.