We went to Betty's Wok and Noodle Diner on Huntington Street last night. When we got there, it was packed with people having dinner before going to the theatre.
We got a table and ordered the veggie dumplings, a stir-fry chicken chow foon dish with Cuban chipotle citrus sauce, and chicken with Shanghai wheat noodles in a broth with cabbage and kung pao sauce.
The food was good, but it was the rest of the place that was so intriguing. When the theatre-goers were there, the music was mostly Sinatra, Sammy Davis, and some early lounge and jazz music. The minute everyone left for their show, however, Outkast and Black Eyed Peas kicked in, cranking through the place, while the person who must have been the owner or general manager was bopping all over the place like he was in some wild dance club.
My S.O. is a big fan of both groups, so she was doing some headshaking herself while I tried hard to look hip as I continued to eat my noodles (I love Outkast, but I have such little rhythm that I can't even tap my foot without looking like a complete idiot). The GM/owner noticed her bopping to the music, paused for a second, and disappeared for a bit. He showed up a minute later with a couple of sangrias on the house(!), then talked music with us for a few minutes.
I'm not willing to say the food was the best I've had, though it was very good, but I love offbeat restaurants, and the combination of the wacky vibe and the gregarious folks there (our waiter was a truly nice guy who took time to talk to us, too) made for a memorable evening. I'll definitely be back at some point.