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jjc58 Mar 14, 2009 05:42 PM

First time poster.

For our first Valentine's Day, my wife and I went to a kitschy Thai spot in Washington D.C. (our then home). It was a perfect choice. We'd only been dating for a few weeks; Thai offered a touch of the exotic (she's from Iowa, I'm from Ohio--neither are ethnic hotbeads) without a huge price tag or the typical Valentine's Day drama.

Ever since, we've endeavored to eat Thai food every Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, since we moved to Chicago (Wicker Park) a few years ago, we haven't found a Thai spot that we liked. After another ho-hum holiday, we've about decided to stay home and cook it ourselves...or else choose a new ethnicity.

Before we throw in the towel, I'd solicit your thoughts. What do you recommend for solid, cheap(ish) Thai food? I'm not looking for a VTK-type place here but a smaller, more neighborhood-y joint.

  1. mai_world Mar 16, 2009 10:01 AM

    I like P.S. Bangkok in Lakeview its kind of a ways away for you in Wicker Park but its reasonably priced and authentic. The curry is spicy the way it should it. Unlike some places that say its spicy and its not even close to anything remotely hot.

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      jbw Mar 16, 2009 09:53 AM

      Thai pastry is also worth a visit. I've had good chive dumplings there and their duck over broccoli specialty has been one of the better Thai takeouts that I've had in the city:

      http://www.thaipastry.com/

      1. chicgail Mar 14, 2009 08:43 PM

        Sticky Rice on Western Avenue and @ Irving Park -- not too far north of Wicker Park -- is another option. It is northern Thai, authentic, inexpensive and really good. I highly recommend it along with Spoon and TAC.

        Sticky is at 4018 N. Western Ave.

        1. nsxtasy Mar 14, 2009 07:31 PM

          See this discussion for recommendations:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/491970

          1. weinstein5 Mar 14, 2009 06:41 PM

            There are a two very good Thai Restaurant in Skokie and Evanston - Thai Sookdee (http://thaisookdee.com/) and Ruby of Siam (http://rubyofsiam.com/) which has a location in the Loop now -

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            Siam Splendour
            1125 Emerson St, Evanston, IL 60201

            Thai Sookdee Restaurant
            1016 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201

            Ruby of Siam Skokie
            9420 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077

            Ruby of Siam
            170 W Washington St Fl 1, Chicago, IL 60602

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              jesteinf Mar 14, 2009 05:55 PM

              I think either TAC Quick or Spoon Thai will be just what you're looking from. Order from the translated Thai menu at each.

              TAC Quick
              3930 N Sheridan Rd
              (773) 327-5253

              Spoon Thai
              www..spoonthai.com
              4608 N Western Ave
              (773) 769-1173

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