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Dinner Recs in Chicago

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by MrG, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    Please specify about the Peking duck place in Argyle.

    Also Globe, is Tank in Argyle? Please tell me about it and tell me what you get. I don't mind Vietnamese at all. I do however find the cold, dry shredded pork to be disgusting.

    Kyle please elaborate on this Thai place.


    I think that he means sun wah, on broadway about half a block north of argyle on the east side. very good barbeque pork and duck, and a pretty good menu.


    tank is

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-xe-tang-...aurant-chicago

    people started calling it tank years ago and the name stuck. it might not be the very very best vietnamese in chicago, but it is very good, consistent and reasonably priced.

    I am a big fan of pho, I also like the raw rolls, with vegies and chinese sausage. but I very often just go through the menu and pull out stuff that sounds good, I like the taste combinations and the vegetables in vietnamese food.
     


  2. globetrotter

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    It's this tiny little shithole at the corners of lakeview/uptown/wrigleyville. Directly underneath the Sheridan red line station. I used to live there, used to eat there all the time. Always thought it was great, but never knew it had a pretty big following (Achatz said it was his favorite thai place in the city). Just pretty simple thai food, although they also have a secret menu you can ask for. Very well prepared, high quality product for an asian place, and they won't give you the round eye treatment like you often get in Chinatown.

    I ate their once, I think that I found it through LTH.

    we go to spoon thai in western sometimes
     


  3. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    If you're going to tank noodle for some pho, for which it is pretty good----- although the broth has a little bit too much star anise for my liking, it's still the best pho in the city---- you should head across the street for a banh mi at Ba Le.
     


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    TAC is Grant Achatz's favorite Thai place. They have 3 menus... one Secret, and one written in Thai. I've not been. I really like Opart Thai. There are two locations. I've never been to TAC, but they don't have my favorite dish (prikh king). There's also the really fancy place that I refuse to go to on principle, but I have heard good things: http://www.arunsthai.com/
     


  5. otc

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    Please specify about the Peking duck place in Argyle.

    I think Sun Wah is right.

    It's this tiny little shithole at the corners of lakeview/uptown/wrigleyville. Directly underneath the Sheridan red line station. I used to live there, used to eat there all the time. Always thought it was great, but never knew it had a pretty big following (Achatz said it was his favorite thai place in the city). Just pretty simple thai food, although they also have a secret menu you can ask for. Very well prepared, high quality product for an asian place, and they won't give you the round eye treatment like you often get in Chinatown.

    TAC is Grant Achatz's favorite Thai place. They have 3 menus... one Secret, and one written in Thai. I've not been.

    What does the secret menu get you? Do you just say "sup dude, can I have the secret menu?"
     


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  7. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    http://tacquick.net/

    Kyle stole that round-eye comment from me


    I haven't had an original thought in my life. I'm basically a Ron/Piob/Iammatt/foodguy aggregator.
     


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    http://tacquick.net/

    Kyle stole that round-eye comment from me


    oooh I love thai beef jerky
     


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    If you're going to tank noodle for some pho, for which it is pretty good----- although the broth has a little bit too much star anise for my liking, it's still the best pho in the city---- you should head across the street for a banh mi at Ba Le.

    I've eaten at Ba Le many, many times. Also checked out the french place as per your rec and it's my fav place for bau.

    Going for Pho at Tank soon. Going to check out the Thai place.
     


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    I'm basically a Ron/Piob/Iammatt/foodguy aggregator.

    Ahem ahem excuse me....
     


  11. kwilkinson

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    Ahem ahem excuse me....

    [​IMG] My mistake. Glad you like La Patisserie.
     


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    Checked out the TAC Quick thai place

    It was pretty good...I think some movement between dishes on the menu might be necessary but I would go back.

    The jerky was a little less...jerky-like than I have had. Usually it runs from full on dried out (but still fresh tasting) to mostly dried with a little fresh meat at the center of the big pieces with a fair amount of heat from being dried with a rub of hot peppers. The ones at TAC were really good but they were mostly just cooked pieces of beef with the edges and corners feeling like jerky and everything else feeling like steak. They were not spicy at all (had sesame seeds on them instead of pepper) but instead had some sort of hot dipping sauce.

    Food was good...but I will definitely order something else next time. Probably something strange from the secret menu like the pad thai in an "omelet"
     


  13. globetrotter

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    I've eaten at Ba Le many, many times. Also checked out the french place as per your rec and it's my fav place for bau.

    Going for Pho at Tank soon. Going to check out the Thai place.


    let me know if you want to do lunch some time in the next 3 weeks. I'm always up for pho
     


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    Anyone have an opinion on best for 2 under $400? (all included)
     


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    Anyone have an opinion on best for 2 under $400? (all included)

    You could eat at the Bristol, get completely stuffed on amazing food, order a bangin bottle of champagne and a nice red with dinner for $400.
     


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