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1. Jin Thai Cuisine5458 N Broadway, Chicago
2. Andy's Thai Kitchen946 W Wellington Ave, Chicago
3. TAC Quick3930 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago
4. Arun's4156 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago
5. Spoon Thai Restaurant4608 N Western Ave, Chicago
6. Amarind's6822 W North Ave, Chicago
7. Aroy Thai4656 N Damen Ave, Chicago
8. Sticky Rice4018 N Western Ave, Chicago
9. Opart Thai House4658 N Western Ave, Chicago
10. Thai Pastry Restaurant4925 N Broadway, Chicago
11. Me dee Café4805 N Damen Ave, Chicago
Jin Thai rivals the best the city has to offer. You’ll find the usual array of salads, soups, and noodles (Kao Soy is a standout), but first head straight to the specialties section of the menu and ask for the hot curry catfish, which serves crispy fillets of catfish over a bed of eggplants in a heat-cranking spicy curry.
It’s possible that Andy’s Thai Kitchen of Lakeview is BYOB because Chef Andy would rather you choose what potion you use to douse the Thai hot spice in your throat. Powerful flavors bathe Andy’s dishes, from the appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, curries, to, most of all, the slurp-worthy noodles. Speaking of noodles, hop the pad Thai fence and explore new noodle terrain, with the boat noodle, a dish complete with beef brisket, thin rice vermicellis, Chinese broccoli, bean sprouts, garlic, onions, pork skin, and cilantro.
Thai food should always be delicious, and Tac Quick is surpassing that standard. There's outdoor seating, good vibes, and even better eats. Oh, and there's a secret menu... hayyy.
Fine dining destination Arun’s has long set the standard for Thai in Chicago, picking up countless accolades and awards over the last 30 and counting years. If you’re willing to splurge a little more than usual on Thai, the tasting menu is the move. It's always changing, but you're likely to find creative takes on Southwest Asian fare as well as traditional courses like spring rolls and panang beef curry among its 10 or 12 courses.
Spoon was one of the first Chicago Thai restaurants to start the “secret” menu trend that would make its way around the city. Nowadays, all diners have access to Spoon’s full array of dishes. The must-try? Somtum Pu. This traditional spicy green papaya salad lights the mouth on fire with a mixture of string beans, tomato, carrot, peanuts, and crab in a lime dressing.
Rangsan Sutcharit, a nine-year Arun’s vet, takes his fine-dining expertise and pairs it with delectable dishes at an affordable price point at Amarind's. The carefully presented plates are as tasty as they look, including the eponymous Amarind’s Noodles, featuring spinach noodles with a plethora of shrimp, crab, bean sprouts, garlic chive, and scrambled egg in a chili sauce.
Lincoln Square is Thai food central and this veteran restaurant remains one of the best examples. The best cold remedy in town is a bowl of their pungently hot and sour beef ball (no, not that kind) and tendon (yes, that kind) soup.
This Northern Thai resto serves authentic cuisine at terrific prices, whether you hit up their resto in person or order their quick and easy delivery.
Come to Opart for the most authentic Thai cuisine in Chicago -- they have tons of appetizers, soups, and salads, but make sure you leave room for any one of the curries here and you will leave happy. We recommend ordering the signature curry fried rice, which is spicy without being too over the top. Oh, and it's BYOB too, so stop by the liquor store (it's right next door!) on your way in.
As the name implies, this Argyle spot has a full complementary bakery in front offering cookies, cakes, ice cream, and other pastries. The regular menu is what you're here for, though, with a quality selection of noodles, curries, and lunch specials. You’ll definitely immediately get the fried stuffed chicken wings with panang curry -- a unique take on wings you definitely won’t find at BW3.
This under-the-radar Ravenswood spot counts all of the standard American-Thai dishes you’d expect along with some fusion items like shumai and calamari. The best time to drop in? After 8pm, when the "secret" congee menu is available; you’ll get a bowl of rice porridge to go with a few sides of your choosing, ranging from pork belly and Chinese sausage to ong choy (water spinach). Bonus: the restaurant stays open 'til 1:30am.