If you get lost on your way to Big Bowl, just look for the big bowl. It's bright red, about the size of Texas, and prominently displayed on the roof of the Asian restaurant. Whether it's from the big bowl outside or the steaming bowls inside (we'll get to those, too), this casual joint has major pull and is usually teeming with diners thinkin' noodles.
Once seated in your cushy red banquette, think about straying from your Diet Coke routine. Big Bowl's signature drinks include a homemade ginger ale (spicy and refreshing), fresh pots of robust tea and a full bar. Appetizers are hardly surprising; expect a traditional but tasty selection of potstickers, egg rolls, satays and wontons. Entrees include the ever-popular kung pao chicken for the some who like it hot, and shrimp with snowpeas, mushrooms and rice for the some who don't. For desert, indulge your big sweet tooth with the big bowl brownie. If you're not a dessert diva, there's a sweet reward for you, too: The priciest dish on the menu is barely $12.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg