For tonight's roundup of restaurant reviews, I'm pulling together all my favorite Thai places in Chicago (so far). I always always order Pad Thai, so this is less a review of Thai places and more a review of who does Pad Thai best...sorry not sorry. I like ordering things that I can't/won't/don't make in my own kitchen, and I have yet to learn how to make Pad Thai, plus Thai is an anniversary tradition for Jesus and me, so it has a special place in my heart (and stomach).
Good For: first anniversaries and pre-concert dinner (it's right next to Congress Theater and when Jesus and I ate there, we were seated next to Matt & Kim).
Ambiance: an intimate space with clean lines and close seating.
Notes: get the Crab Rangoon!
Good For: second anniversaries and takeout. This is the closest Thai place to me, so I consider myself a regular.
Ambiance: casual, but still intimate.
Good For: pretending you're in college again.
Ambiance: casual. I went in the summer and they had the front windows all open, so it felt like an open air/sidewalk restaurant.
Notes: I've only been to the Lincoln Park location, but from what I know portions are huge at both. The "Thai Bowl Ice" is good!
Good For: takeout, dine in, delivery, getting your Pad Thai fix.
Ambiance: casual...I've only had it delivered, so really casual for me.
Notes: I believe Thai Village is BYOB, although they might have gotten a liquor license since I've been.
Good For: dates, trying out new restaurants in new neighborhoods.
Ambiance: upscale casual. We came for lunch on a Sunday and it was pretty quiet.
Notes: the Pad Thai is amazing! And our waitress was extremely nice. BYOB.
Good For: reuniting with high school besties, PAD THAI! (I'm not kidding, it's all I order.)
Ambiance: classy, but don't be ashamed to finish two bottles of wine with dinner (shared, obv).
On My To Try List
Thai Thank You
Pho Thai Cuisine
...I'm game for pretty much any hole in the wall with "Thai" in its name.