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Oct 20, 2006 10:39 PM

Argyle Street eats?

Any suggestions for a good Thai, Vietnamese, or Korean reataurant on Argyle Street? Thank you!

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  1. There are SO many options over there - it's hard to know where to start. Maybe you could be more specific about what you're looking for. How many of you will there be? How important are ambience and service?

    1. Hi Jesster,

      I'm visitng from NYC so I don't really know and my Chicago gal is unfamilar with the nabe but we so want to experience something tasty whatever the cuisine may be. Do you have 1 or 2 solid options for us?


      ~ Luca

      1. Everyone has their favorites. As you will soon discover there are many, many restaurants around Argyle/Broadway/Sheridan. You might start with Tank Noodle at the corner of Broadway and Argyle; they have a broad menu of Vietnamese standards. Though often debated, Ba Le, kitty-korner across from Tank, offers *I believe* a decent take on banh mi. If you're hankering for some of Chicago's best Chinese roast meat products you would do well to check out Sun Wah which is on Argyle heading towards Broadway past the L stop. To iterate, this is an area teeming with great food and sundry restaurants...the aforementioned are but a start.

        1. Hi Luca -

          My top choices for Vietnamese/Chinese would be (NOTE: both are closed on Wednesdays - as are most on the block.)

          1. Hai Yen - 1055 W. Argyle, 733/561-4077, - my personal favorite for good inexpensive food with at least a little atmosphere. Wonderful Sea Bass, Lemon-Grass Chicken and beef (filet?) dishes to (they have a 7 course beef menu - best shared by more than two). Good bubble tea and fruit drinks too.

          2. Tank Noodle (aka Pho Te Tang) - 4963 N. Broadway (at Argyle) 773/878-2253, - is very popular and usually crowded. It is very much a dive with no charm, But what it lacks in atmosphere it makes up for in price and selection (the menu is VAST!) It's bound to be a mostly worthwhile experience.

          For BBQ - we go to Sun Wah Bar-B-Que - 1134 W Argyle, 773-749-1254 (closed I think on Thursdays.) You can't miss it, it's the one (east of the tracks) with all the ducks, chicken (and pigs) hanging in the front window. A total hole in wall, the BBQ is good and cheap (but avoid the super cheap BBQ dishes listed on the back page of menu (a pile of rice with piece of bone/bbq meat.) Splurge a little, spend like $8 and get the better stuff (a WHOLE DUCK cost $12 take out. I'm told that both the (ahem) Dover Sole and the Shrimp are good there too.


          As for Thai - there are SO MANY good and fair to-mmiddling places in the city - but closer in to this neighberhood (about 1/2 mile south at 4654 N. Sheridan Rd)my choice would probably be Siam Noodle and Rice. This place is distinguished by it's authenticity (compared to the more westernized fare at other spots.) The food is very good (I'm told that "authentic" Thai's eat here...) It too is a dive when it comes to atmosphere.

          Anyway, hope that helps. I'm sure my fellow Chow-Dogs will have additional recommendations for you to ponder.

          BTW - I went to NYU and lived in NYC for 8 years and it's still very dear to my heart. Enjoy your visit here!

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          1. re: Jesster

            Tank Noodle, a dive? Hardly. It's spartan, yes, but brightly lit, clean, and staffed with friendly people. It does tend to get pretty packed.

          2. Opps - (where's the edit button when I need it?)

            SUN WAH is just WEST of the "L" tracks (and east of/right at Broadway)

            From a Big City standpoint, Chicago is so different than NYC, that it's virtually impossible to compare them.