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Mar 14, 2009 05:42 PM

Searching for Good Thai

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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.

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  1. 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
    4608 N Western Ave
    (773) 769-1173

    1. There are a two very good Thai Restaurant in Skokie and Evanston - Thai Sookdee ( and Ruby of Siam ( which has a location in the Loop now -

      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

        1. 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. 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: