Best Pad Thai: Joy Yee’s Noodles

Paulina Firozi, Editor in Chief

521 Davis St., 847-733-1900,

I can’t remember when I discovered that I love Joy Yee’s pad thai. But I can remember when it became the only thing I ever ordered from there, or when I realized it was a once-a-week treat-yo-self kind of meal. As a vegetarian, there are a lot of options for me, but pad thai is my go-to, and Joy Yee’s takes the cake in this category. The best part? If you’re not too hungry, the serving size will leave you with enough pad thai noms for at least two days, which for the price of $8.50 is a bargain. But if you’re like me, and you can’t resist the comfort of pad thai, you’ll probably eat it all anyway. In my experience, you get a larger serving size when you eat in the restaurant itself, so that’s something to keep in mind. There’s admittedly a lot of pad thai options in Evanston, but the serving size, fast delivery and perfect savory-sweet combo is what sets it a part for me. If you like added flavor and texture, be sure to add the peanuts and bean sprouts on top, as well as a squeeze of lime to bring out the flavors. Joy Yee’s pad thai is perfect for any occasion.

— Paulina Firozi