Celebrate National Noodle Day Oct. 6 with 5 Asian noodle dishes from local spots

white ceramic bowl with noodle soup
Nothing beats a warm bowl of ramen when it’s cold outside. Photo via Unsplash

I’m always in the mood for Asian food, but with the weather change recently, my cravings for a warm plate of pad thai and a bowl of pho went into overdrive. Thankfully, Oct. 6 is National Noodle Day, so I have the perfect excuse to order takeout. If you can relate, make sure to add these 5 restaurants + noodle dishes to your must-try list.

1. Blue Pacific

This Pad Thai presentation is next level. Photo via Yelp

If you’re looking for Thai food in Birmingham, you need to try Blue Pacific. Their Pad Thai (pictured above) is quite possibly the best—and most photogenic—in Birmingham. Located in Hoover, Blue Pacific is currently open for takeout only.

  • Must-Try Noodle Dish: The Pad Thai, without a doubt | $8-9
  • Address: 3219 Lorna Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216
  • Hours: Tues-Sat 11AM-2:30PM, 5-8:30PM | Closed Sun + Mon
  • Call | Menu 

2. Surin West

surin west noodle bowl
Already making dinner plans. Photo via Waitr

Surin West is one of my favorites in Birmingham. When friends or family come to visit, I love to bring them here because the menu really has something for everyone. Also because I pretty much crave the Beef Noodle Bowl for every meal. Currently, you can order online, call in for takeout or dine in. 

  • Must-Try Noodle Dish: The Beef Noodle Bowl from their Lunch Specials is my go-to. (Pro Tip: You can order it any time—not just for lunch!) | $9.50 
  • Address: 1918 11th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Hours: Lunch — Mon-Fri 11AM-2:30PM, Sat-Sun 11:30AM-2:30PM | Dinner — Sun-Thu 5-9PM, Fri-Sat 5-10PM
  • Call | Menu | Website 
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3. IKKO Japanese Ramen + Sushi

We know good ramen when we see it. Photo via Yelp

There are a few good ramen spots around town, but one of the most underrated is IKKO in Five Points South. Their ramen is consistently good, and they also offer tons of other delicious dishes like Teppan Yaki and sushi. Currently, they are only offering takeout which you can order online or by phone.

  • Must-Try Noodle Dish: You can’t go wrong with the Tonkotsu Ramen. P.S. Add the Gyoza appetizer too. I promise you won’t regret it. | $10.95 (+5.95 for Gyoza)
  • Address: 1909 11th Ave S #2603, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Hours: Business — Sun-Thurs 11AM-10PM, Fri + Sat 11AM-11PM | Carryout — Sun-Thurs 11AM-9:30PM, Fri + Sat 11AM-10:30PM
  • Call | Menu | Website 

4. Pho Pho Vietnamese 

Trust us, this pho is even better than it looks. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

When we worked at Forge, the co-working space in The Pizitz building, Pho Pho Vietnamese was my go-to for lunch at the Food Hall. It’s the perfect comfort food when the weather starts changing and you just need something to warm you up. You can order takeout from their location at The Pizitz Food Hall, or visit their new location in Hoover.

  • Must-Try Noodle Dish: The Chicken Pho never fails. | $10
  • Address: The Pizitz | 1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 + Hoover | 1580 Montgomery Highway, Hoover, AL
  • Hours: 11AM-8PM Daily
  • Call (The Pizitz) + Call (Hoover) | Menu | Website 

5. The Great Wall Chinese Restaurant

Chinese takeout is always a good idea, and if you’re looking for a new spot to try consider ordering from The Great Wall. Make sure to ask about their “secret menu.” It features authentic Szechuan cuisine including Dan Dan noodles—a spicy noodle dish, not for the faint of heart.

  • Must-Try Noodle Dish: Their Dan Dan Noodle Appetizer is 🔥. | $6.95
  • Address: 706 Valley Ave, Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 11AM-3PM, 4:30PM-9:30PM | Fri-Sat 11AM-3PM, 4:30PM-10:30PM|Sun 11AM-9PM
  • Call | Menu | Website 

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