spicy noodles, posted by Yelper Linda C
I always felt bad that I had teased the folks at Boon Boon, especially after a commenter pointed out that the restaurant is named after the owner’s mother. The fact that several commenters on that post remarked on discussions with the staff at Boon Boon is very telling about the kind of place Boon Boon is. I’m glad that I finally checked it out, because this is a little gem of a place.
This is the right kind of fusion for me–it’s not so much specific menu items that are tweaked, it’s the menu as a whole. Thai favorites like curries and pad thai are alongside spaghetti and meatballs and “Southern Great Steak” (“A great recipe from a Southern Attorney who bring on tasty Prime selected quality Rib Eye beef same grade as 5 stars steak house with half the price, come with pan fried butter herbs potatoes, and mixed steamed veggies.”)
As a starter we tried the egg roll, boring choice you might assume, but these were great and had an interesting flavor. I went for the Spicy Basil Beef, ground beef with sweet basil, which was fabulously juicy and a great balance of spicy and sweet. I let her talk me into “medium spicy” but the next time I think I’ll ask for “make me sweat spicy” because the basil really balances it out nicely. My lovely companion selected the classic pad thai and was pleasantly surprised by it. It seemed to have a different spin on your usual pad thai dish–some ingredient that is not usually there perhaps?
I picked up our takeout order right near closing time, so I wasn’t surprised that the place was empty, but I do hope that business will be good for Boon Boon. The server chatted me up about the slowdown in the lunch crowd, linking it to the state’s financial troubles (it is located on Stockton & Broadway, near DMV and a few other public offices).
If you live near me, in the ghetto, as the Yelpers frequently refer to Boon Boon’s location, make sure you check it out. And somebody please try the spaghetti and meatballs.
P.S. Whenever I hear phrases for bad locations these days, the only line that comes to mind is Stanley speaking to Michael Scott: “I did learn it on the street, on the ghetto, in fact. (It’s all about my bonus.)”
3022 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95817