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Feb 25, 2012 05:30 AM

chicago for four

myself and my business partner (and wives) will be traveling to Chicago for the National Restaurant Show in May. We are looking for some Asian restaurants, great dim sum, fancy or not, holes in the walls are great too. Aside from Asian food any other do not miss places are welcome as well.

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  1. Lots of Asian choices, and lots of holes in the walls. Are you interested in EVERYTHING "Asian?" Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Korean? Pleanty of good choices. Will you have a car? A decent amount of these are a little ways from the "downtowny" parts of Chicago, but are well worth the trip, imo.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      I think that we're weak in dim sum compared to SF and NYC. But, there are passable options in the thread mentioned.
      My fave Chinese in Chinatown is Lao Sze Chuen for hot pot.

      Also love Tank on Argyle for pho.

      If you want an upscale Vietnamese option, check out Saigon Sisters on Lake St. We were there for the first time last weekend and it was excellent!!

    2. The most reliable dim sum option is Phoenix, a bit pricey but not outrageous.
      Very good seafood at a Chinatown hole in the wall:

      1. Chicago's Chinese is best in Chinatown, but not our most stellar food. On Argyle St., well north of the tourist area is the best Vietnamese. I happen to like Pho Xe Tank and Pho Viet. Others have their preferences as well.

        For authentic really good Thai, consider Spoon Thai on Western Avenue, TAC on Sheridan Road or Sticky Rice, which is Northern Thai (think Chaing Mai) also on Western Avenue.

        I don't have much personal knowledge of good Korean in town, but Belly Shack at the Armitage el stop is an amazing Korean-Latin fusion joint (BYO) with Bib Gourmand creds.

        There's also a Pakistani-Indian neighborhood way far north along Devon Avenue. Not my favorite ethnic food, but I'm sure others could make recommendations.

        TAC Quick
        3930 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60613

        Pho Xe Tang (Tank Noodle)
        4953 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

        Spoon Thai
        4608 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

        Sticky Rice
        4018 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

        Belly Shack
        1912 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647