The best things often come in pairs—just imagine life without pants, our life-sustaining binary suns, or double-bicycles. Today's Groupon allows you to partake of a pair of fine Asian eateries. For $10, you get $25 worth of dine-in or carryout Thai from Oodles of Noodles or sushi from Red Bambuu. The duo resides in Lincoln Park, allowing eaters to order from both menus. Oodles also has a solo location downtown. It's BYOB with no cork fee at Oodles’ and Bambuu’s Lincoln Park locale, and also Bring Your Own Elbow Room, because there's not much to be had at either of these perennially busy spots.
At Oodles, you can taste Southeast Asian fare without to having to purchase a jetpack or swindle one from a gullible rocketeer. Celebrate a sure return to buds and blossoms with fresh Vietnamese spring rolls of crispy bean sprouts and herbs ($3.99), or recall your days on an Alaskan crabbing vessel with a seaweed salad ($4.99). Red curry declares entree dominance with the flavors of lime leaves and lemongrass bathing eggplant, hot peppers, and bamboo shoots ($7.49, or add shrimp for $9.49). Avocado-tapioca smoothies ($3.49) combine the unexpected for a taste of the unknown, while chocolate-dipped wanton strips ($4.50) for dessert bring a delightful suggestion of state-fair decadence.
At Red Bambuu, keep it raw with nigiri sushi ($1.30–$4 each) or an octo-pieced portion of the Tropical Volcano Roll (lobster salad, cream cheese, unagi, tempura, and mango, $12). Commemorate Japan's other unique culinary contribution, the burrito, with a Spider Hand Roll of soft-shell crab, avocado, cucumber, masago, and spicy mayo in a seaweed tortilla ($5.50). Or do the traditional thing and get the bento box of rice, miso soup, beef teriyaki, and four pieces of spicy tuna roll ($10).