Thai Food – The Perfect Winter Companion

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What’s better on a freezing cold day than a hot, hearty meal? Step into any of these Thai restaurants for a bite to eat that’ll warm your spirits (and tummy). 

JJ Thai Street Food – Ukrainian Village/West Town 

The background music is Thai, the decor is elegant and, most importantly, the food is authentic and well-seasoned.  Definitely try their Bua Loy Phuak, a coconut milk-based dessert soup. 

Silver Spoon – Gold Coast 

Our recommendations: the Tom Yum soup, an authentic recipe at an affordable price. Also order the fried tofu with a surprising sauce on the side to start things off right.

Paula’s Thai Kitchen – Lincoln Park 

Paula’s Thai Kitchen is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its dedication to using high-quality, fresh ingredients. We recommend starting with the flavorful pork shoulder, followed by the seafood curry with fresh shrimp.

Ghin Khao Eat Rice – Pilsen 

This Pilsen gem is small but mighty! The food is excellent. The crab fried rice is a must. Have a cup of Thai milk tea with it and you have a perfect lunch.

Talay – West Loop

A favorite of many West Loop families, Talay offers both Thai food and sushi without losing authenticity. Try the traditional Pad Thai.

Opart Thai House – West Town 

Opart is the story of Mookda and Opart, who risked everything for their American dream when they started their first restaurant in 1983. Now, they’re recognized as the original pioneers of Thai food in Chicago. Try the Tiger Cry.

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