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Bamboodles: More noodles in the SGV

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Bamboodles (you know you will like saying that name over and over) has two great things going for it: freshly-made noodles in a variety of flavors, and soup broths made without MSG. For those of us who love the foods of the SGV but are MSG-intolerant (hello, migraine!), Bamboodles is a welcome new choice.

The noodles are rolled out with a huge bamboo stick by the noodle maker,who works in a glass-fronted area, leveraging the stick with his entire body to roll out the dough. This, claims Bamboodles’ management, makes the noodles springy and special. Depending on what’s available, you can order regular noodles or various flavored varieties including carrot and spinach.

In a mini-mall location at the northeast corner of West Valley Boulevard and New Street in San Gabriel, Bamboodles occupies two storefronts. The restaurant has actual décor, ivory leatherette booths interspersed with tables, and a less-rushed atmosphere than some of the other SGV standouts. The menu is simple: appetizers, soup noodles, lo mein (hot noodles with saucy accompaniments), cold noodles, dumplings, and two vegetable selections. There is little on the menu for a vegetarian.