I was a bit ‘stir crazy’ after a wellness visit to the doctors office on a hot summer morning. After my appointment and while driving away, I realized I had skipped breakfast, so I decided to turn my anxiety into something new and calming. Stir Crazy, an Asian restaurant was only a short drive away. Located in the Oak Brook Center Mall, I decided that Stir Crazy was worth a try, and indeed it was Fabulous.
Walking into the restaurant with an austere decor, I noticed not only a small bar for spirits, in addition, there was also a bar for stir-fry selections. Everything was basic and functional, basic no-frills dining room, and traditional paper-wrapped, stainless cutlery. I was seated all the way at the opposite end of the entrance, on the back wall (?) The dining room was empty, most likely because I had arrived at least 30 minutes before lunch-time. Sitting and surveying, I noticed one odd decor that stood out: Light fixtures diminished by lights not working. I had hesitation, thinking if the management would allow patrons to see this neglect, what was going on behind closed (kitchen) doors? Deciding to stay and glad I did, the waitress appeared shortly with a friendly greeting. Young, tall, attractive and wise beyond her years. The first display of this old sole was her stance at the table every time she appeared. Always standing a distance, not to invade my personal space, which was impressive for her youth. Informing her that this was my first visit, she asked if I would like a tour of the menu. I politely declined, since I had already decided on the assortment of fresh cut veggies and meats on display, waiting to be stir-fried by the Chef, who was using large traditional woks located behind the counter.
I did ask for a bit of explanation regarding the different types and choices of preparation (there were many), and she explained everything perfectly. I had no confusion of how I wanted my meal prepared. She quickly returned with a a small, but deep, metal fry pan, and off I went to make my Epicurean selection. Filling my pan to bountiful proportions of crisp bright veggies, and fresh, ready-to-be-cooked protein, was Fabulous. My meal would be exactly what I had chosen from the veggie and protein bar, which included chunks of shrimp, beef, and chicken. After filling my plate, I knew it was time to select the sauce. I was impressed not only with the vegetables, but also ample selections of stir-fry sauces, which made it quick and easy to craft my lunch, exactly as I wanted it.
After choosing a creative mix of sauces and condiments to compliment my stir-fry selections, I placed my plate (pan) on the counter at the grill masters station and returned to my seat. The waitress brought me an additional iced tea without asking and I was impressed with her attentiveness. Only a short wait for the steaming creation and it was placed in front of me with the Brown Rice I had selected, as well as a few of the Whole Wheat Noodles that sounded too good to pass up. My stir-fry lunch was indeed Fabulous I had selected well and the stir fry master honored my selection with perfection of execution. When dining out at an Asian restaurant, brown rice is always my first choice, and it was a good choice at that. The Whole Wheat Noodles were also Fabulous. During my next visit – and I will return, next time I’ll change my tradition and order the Whole Wheat Noodles instead of rice.
Stir Crazy – located in the Oak Brook Center Mall, Oak Brook, Illinois, offers selection, value, service, and Fabulous food, in the most basic of decor. I will be returning there soon.