Everyday Noodles is the creation of Mike Chen and his son Allen. (The latter is the owner of Tamari, a restaurant I would highly recommend; my review for it is here.) As the restaurant's website notes, "it was inspired by Mike Chen's trip to Toronto three years ago, when a dining experience motivated him to bring authentic Chinese cuisine to Pittsburgh." He now works with the Taiwanese goverment to bring cooks here to train the employees. He hosts them for six months until the next shift when three new visitors with different skills join the rotation.
Probably the neatest part about the restaurant is that you can literally watch the dough being made into dumplings, buns, and noodles. The tables are positioned in such a way that you can watch the "action" behind a plate glass window. I will say this, I had no idea about the beating that noodle dough must sustain. The noise would be enough to frighten anyone who was not aware of what was going on.
Everyday Noodles, like most restaurants in the Squirrel Hill section, is on the smaller side so there is not a ton of seating. They do take reservations for groups of eight or more, but getting there about 5:30 PM on a Saturday night, we had no problem being seated. Service was prompt and attentive the entire meal and you could tell from the body language of the wait staff that they were there to please the customers.
To start we split an order of the Five-Spiced Eggplant ($5). It wasn't quite what I was expecting, as I was envisioning the European aubergine. However, even as a cold dish, it was quite delicious and the accompanying sauce (we're not quite sure what it was but it tasted akin to Hoisin sauce) was equally good.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at this new dining venue. The service was terrific, the food delicious (and a welcomed different too), and the prices very friendly on the wallet, especially for the amount of food you get. Be sure to try out this latest addition to the Pittsburgh dining scene.