Taste of Thai Town

3.7
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$30 and under
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As Thai descendants, we are privileged to honor the Great King by bringing great food of Thailand to share with you. If he lived to see it today, he would surely love to share it with the world. What he loved best is exactly what we do. How could anyone refuse good food? We shall follow good example from the beloved King. Let's begin by exploring Taste of Thai Town! Come to Taste of Thai Town to explore the true taste of Thailand. Come to experience authentic Thai taste that will be so memorable without having to travel ten thousand miles!
We are now serving beer and wine!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 299-7888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Arun Sampanthavivat
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Cross street
W Sunnyside Ave
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Parking details
Parking is available south of the building.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Wine
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We went because this restaurant was on Chicago's Best, but it wasn't. Service started out good but was seated in a freezing back room. All of us got our entrees except one of us, and we had to ask for that. Good was just so, so, something that you would get at a chain restaurant. Disappointed.

w
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Unpleasant and slow service. Not worth the trouble. Food was ok so if you are in the area and want decent basic Thai.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I requested a Thai dish called Larb that was not on the menu and they prepared a delicious, perfectly seasoned dish for us.

e
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation, had it confirmed, then found out it was closed when we got there. Winter hours, not on website.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Honestly don't go there for thai food. Not up to what they promised to be authentic (I've been to Thailand a few times so I tried a lot of real thai food) and lacking favor/quality. Even some other thai joints in the city are better.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was poor. The servers were not friendly or attentive.

J
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Terrific Thai food in a restaurant without atmosphere. The decor doesn't begin to match the excellence of the food.

B
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

We went to the restaurant with a reservation last Saturday night. We had to wait 15 minutes to be seated since no one really acknowledged we were standing there waiting while our table was ready. It took even longer to get water. It was a very bad night for them. Once we gave our entire order right away, tiny pot stickers arrived 20 minutes later and they ran out of crab ragoon. How does that happen at a Thai restaurant. Three of our four dinners arrived and mine took another 10 minutes. The food was good but the presentation I was looking for was not there. No one would know that this is the new restaurant that is owned by Arun's owner. My green tea never arrived and dessert was an afterthought for them when I asked what they recommended. It probably needs to be given another chance but not sure I will.

YN
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Arun's and now Taste of Thai ---- The food is amazing and the service is exceptional. This is a visit well worth it

V
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Me and my family went on Mother's Day to obviously celebrate mom and also my aunt's birthday. We heard about this place from the Chicago's Best tv show as well as word of mouth that it was owned by the same guy who owns Arun's. The place was actually the old police station before they moved down the street (and you kind of have the feeling it still is just by the layout). But, they really did a good job decorating the place. We ordered a couple appetizers, noodle dishes, and beef curry. But when we got the dishes...well, the size of the dish didn't match the price. No doubt, the food was good. But, I feel like I can go to my main Thai restaurant and get more food for the buck. I guess that's one philosophy that was transferred over from Arun's restaurant.

B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the casual eatery by Arun, who owns a very fancy, very good Thai restaurant. Taste of Thai Town has some unique dishes and many of the favorites. We especially enjoyed the Masaman Curry and the Scallop Kabob. The food is very good, the service amazing, so it was hard to understand why they were not busier. If you like Thai food, this place is a great choice.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent value. Extensive menu offerings - something for everyone - event the pickiest in the group.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

For fans of Arun's this is a great place as it has most of the same dishes available at the high-end restaurant as well as a number of additional items. My wife and kids and I loved it.

G
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been to ToTT twice. Both times, loved the food. This past trip, we were with a friend who has been to Thailand several times, and knows the food. She thought it was outstanding, and very authentic. I've had whole fish both times, each time was terrific. Appetizers, including spring roll, crab rangoon, wings, etc, all great. Noodle soups seem most authentic.

B
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

When I first heard of a Thai cultural center being opened up in a large, former police station, I heard rumors of multiple restaurants -- fast food, upscale, etc. Instead, the massive space is filled with room after room dedicated to a single restaurant that generally competes with some of the more authentic Thai restaurants in town (Aroy, Rainbow, Rosded, Andy's Thai Kitchen, In-On Thai, etc).

The dining rooms vary dramatically in temperature, the one we were first seated in was about 20 degrees cooler than the main room, and we were moved to a third room (the main one was full - only 7 or so tables) which was still a bit cool but not as cool as the second room. There seemed to be a massive fourth room in back not being used. Ultimately, a lot of empty space. We seemed to be the only group not seated in the main dining area.

Service was very friendly. Note however that while they were byo early on, they are no longer byo. And given that their beer/wine lists are not the least bit interesting, this makes Taste of Thai Town prohibitively more expensive than other local Thai restaurants that are byo, assuming you would like to drink alcohol.

As for the food, it was generally decent but I've had better versions of every dish we tried. Green curry with fishballs featured a slightly diluted green curry and the housemade fishballs seemed a tad grainy. Pad thai was a little too sweet, though I appreciated the whole fried egg on top.

Taro egg rolls were tasty, hot, crisp and not very greasy at all. I liked the gentle sprinkling of fish sauce in the potstickers. Yum woon sen a little lacking in flavor. Desserts were pretty good-taro with coconut and taro custard. Unfortunately, portions seem smaller and prices a little higher than other Thai restaurants in town and the food didn't measure up to the best Thai places I list above.

d
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was just OK. I was expecting much more because the chef/owner also owns Arun. The prices were a bit a high and the food was just OK.