(UPDATED 8/10/19) Description and review of the Drunken Noodle, a Thai restaurant located in Midtown Sacramento.
You go to the Drunken Noodle on J Street in Midtown Sacramento for the food – not the ambiance.
The Drunken Noodle (powered by Coconut) opened in the space formerly occupied by Coconut Midtown. Coconut has moved to new digs on T Street.
If you previously patronized Coconut Midtown you know that the venue is on the small side and it is nothing fancy. Nothing has changed in that regard – and that is fine with me.
What has changed is that the Drunken Noodle has a more limited menu than the Coconut – but it features many Coconut customer favorites.
A friend and I stopped by the Drunken Noodle during the week recently for dinner prior to going to the theater. It was the first time I had been there since the Coconut moved to its new location and the J Street location was re-branded.
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We each ordered a glass of Chardonnay and the pot stickers to start our meal. The steamed pot stickers (six for $5.95) are made with chicken (as opposed to pork) and are served with ginger sauce. The presentation was very attractive but taste-wise I found the pot stickers a bit bland.
All entrees at the Drunken Noodle start at $8.95. The $8.95 price includes chicken, tofu or vegetables. If the protein of your choice is beef, Calamari, shrimp or tilapia the cost of the entrée is $11.95. For $16.95 you can add calamari, shrimp and tilapia to your entrée.
While the Drunken Noodle has a smaller menu than Coconut, a diner has the ability to mix and match thus providing multiple options and making it both vegetarian and vegan friendly.
My friend ordered one of her favorite Thai dishes – the Pad Thai with chicken (pan fried rice noodles, eggs, bean sprouts, green onions, ground peanut). I am fond of eggplant so I ordered the eggplant with chicken (sauteed eggplant with onions, carrots, bell pepper, broccoli, zucchini, basil with garlic chili sauce) with brown rice.
When we were served our entrees the first thing we noticed was the very generous portions.
My friend gave a big thumbs up on the Pad Thai – and was very happy that she would have leftovers to take home for lunch the next day. My eggplant entrée was very tasty and I enjoyed every bite. The plentiful vegetables were done just right, there was ample chicken throughout, and the sauce was very flavorful. I also happily left with leftovers for lunch the next day.
Next Up – the Drunken Noodle Happy Hour (4:30 – 6:00) is on my list of things to do – appetizers, beer on tap and the house wine are all $3.00!
(UPDATED 8/10/19) The prices noted have increased since the blog post was written in 2017.
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Drunken Noodle Snapshot:
- 2502 J Street, Sacramento, CA
- (916) 447-1855
- Hours: Monday – Friday (11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. & 4:30 to 9:00); Saturday – Sunday (Noon to 9:00 p.m.)
- Happy Hour: Monday – Sunday (4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- Street Parking
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