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Good BYOB Thai Place?

jough Jul 24, 2007 07:19 AM

Does anyone know of a GOOD Thai place (preferably on the north side) that is also BYOB?

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    Erik M RE: jough Jul 24, 2007 08:01 AM

    You are more than welcome to carry in at Thai Avenue, Spoon Thai, Sticky Rice, Aroy Thai, and Rosded.

    Thai Avenue
    4949 N. Broadway

    Spoon Thai
    4608 N. Western

    Sticky Rice
    4018 N. Western

    Aroy Thai
    4654 N. Damen

    2308 W. Leland

    For additional information on the food at these restaurants see this previous post of mine:



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      wak RE: Erik M Jul 25, 2007 04:07 PM

      Spoon Thai was outstanding on our recent visit. Its also within a block of the Brown Line Western Ave. stop, so very convenient.

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      jayh RE: jough Jul 24, 2007 12:27 PM

      Erik did not include my personal favorite BYO Thai rest., which is Opart on Western just south of Lawrence (at Brown Line's Western stop). (I have been to all of the rests. he listed, for what it is worth.)

      1. YoYoPedro RE: jough Jul 24, 2007 03:51 PM

        Butterfly Sushi & Thai in the 1100 block of West Grand is a nice neighborhoody place that encourages BYOB, brings ice buckets, etc. And gives you the option to have great sushi with or instead of your Thai food.

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          jennykrause RE: jough Jul 25, 2007 03:41 AM

          I am a huge fan of Thai Lagoon just east of Western on North Avenue. Its a tiny place, but has great, cheap Thai food!

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            deesher RE: jough Jul 25, 2007 05:38 AM

            TAC Quick at 3930 N. Sheridan is exceptional. Ask for the Thai menu (kindly translated by Erik M.). There is a liquor store a few doors down with a decent selection of beers, and it is very close to the red line.

            1. Chew on That RE: jough Jul 25, 2007 02:33 PM

              You're in luck....one of my absolute favorite Thai restaurants happens to be BYOB! It's called Cozy, and they have two locations: one in Evanston, and one in Wrigleyville (Chicago).

              Cheap and DELICIOUS food, fast service (but you can hang out for awhile), fun atmosphere, and...BYOB!

              Here is the link for the Chicago one: http://www.cozychicago.com/cozy/rollI...



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                jough RE: jough Jul 26, 2007 05:48 AM

                Thanks for the replies, all. We ended up going to Penny's Noodle House in Wrigleyville but will definitely check out some others.

                FWIW Penny's was okay, not great. Good outdoor seating area right next to the brown line tracks. Found a great Argentine Malbec (Chakara 2003) that pairs well with spicy Thai, too, so that should keep us looking for new BYOB places for the rest of the summer.

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                  aelph RE: jough Jul 26, 2007 07:15 AM

                  imo: choosing Penny's over any of the Thai places Erik M mentions is like going to Ponderosa instead of Primehouse

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                    jough RE: aelph Jul 26, 2007 03:59 PM

                    We left before I could see Erik's reply, but I'm happy to hear you say that, because I didn't find Penny's to be all that good (although I've had much worse, too).

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                      aelph RE: jough Jul 26, 2007 05:19 PM

                      well...I admit to enjoying their bamee noodle soup; years ago in a galaxy far far away Penny's(ca. early-90's) was one of my first introductions to "Thai" food.

                      You'd do well to explore Opart, Rosded, Spoon *translated menu*, and TAC *translated menu* (among others) to get a finger on serious Chicago Thai

                      and...yeah...you can easily do worse than Penny's

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                  sleopold RE: jough Jul 28, 2007 04:32 PM

                  BLUE ELEPHANT....DELICIOUS!!!! I don tknow the exact address but its like devon and inbetween Broadway and clark...so good and reasonable prices. Cute lil restaurant, very clean...

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