Noodles and spice, oh so nice: 15 mighty independent Thai restaurants in Lakeview

by Carrie Bradon | Oct. 12, 2017, 4:26pm |

Thai food is one of the most complex: spicy, savory, sweet and salty flavors mesh together in this cuisine to create memorable dishes with distinct ingredients. 

Thai food has become so popular in recent years that it has grown by nearly 500 percent since 1999 when compared to other popular cuisines in America. Perhaps the increase in popularity has to do with the recent influx of millennials into the dining data, as they are the most likely to try new cuisines. Whatever the case may be, Thai food is here and it's here to stay.

Though Chicago may be known for its Italian food, there are many incredibly tasty Thai restaurants in the Lakeview area ready to wow new customers and regulars alike. Here are 15 of the mightiest. 

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Cozy Noodles & Rice
3456 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 327-0100
This restaurant could not be more aptly named. A locally loved spot, Cozy Noodles & Rice prepares dishes designed to delight, like the shrimp tom yum soup and crispy pad thai tofu.

Krung Thep Thai Cuisine
3205 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657
773) 296-2178
Perfectly cooked noodles and nicely flavored curries are to be expected when dining at Krung Thep. Customers love the authentic spiciness of the dishes at this restaurant.

Joy’s Noodles & Rice
3257 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 327-8330
Affordable and authentic, some say that Joy’s Noodles & Rice is one of the best spots in Chicago for Thai food.

Pho’s Thai Cuisine
3332 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 755-1995
This local spot offers meals with a range of spiciness, allowing customers to enjoy their meals at their preference.

Andy’s Thai Kitchen
946 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-7821
Substantial portions can be found at Andy’s Thai Kitchen. From beef dishes to soups and appetizers, this is a great spot for any occasion.

Tac Quick
1011 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 327-5253
Tac Quick has won the loyalty of many Lakeview residents. The casual yet sophisticated bar and restaurant offers customers yummy noodle-based dishes in addition to other specialties.

Tom Yum Cafe
608 W. Barry Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 270-5646
Family-owned Tom Yum Cafe has become a favorite of locals looking for authentic flavors and delicious meals.

P.S. Bangkok
3345 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 871-7777
Traditional Thai dishes are expertly prepared at this establishment such as pot stickers and pad thai.

Min Min Asian Cafe
1465 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-2318
Min Min Asian Cafe offers meals and frozen drinks made with fresh ingredients. Lovers of boba will not be disappointed by the options at this restaurant.

Paul’s Noodle Shop
3400 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 697-8919
This bright restaurant allows customers to bring their own beverages, making it a great way to spend an evening. The items at Paul’s Noodle Soup are flavorful, and the location convenient.

Miss Asia
434 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-3999
Offering a number of Asian flavors, Miss Asia is a Thai, Asian-fusion restaurant. Options abound for vegetarians, as well as for omnivores. 

Seafood On The Tables
2965 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(815) 669-9475
Highly reviewed, Seafood On The Tables specializes in Thai dishes with seafood at the heart of them. For dessert, there’s mochi ice cream.

Thai Thank You
3248 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-7199
Thai Thank You has a huge menu with numerous options. Customers have commented on how delicious the dishes are at this restaurant, regardless of the item they choose.

Red Pig Asian Kitchen
2932 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 472-9999
Affordably priced, Red Pig Asian Kitchen is a family business, serving up tasty meals from noon to 11 p.m. every day.

Penny’s Noodle Shop
950 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-8448
This Lakeview restaurant offers quality dishes at reasonable prices. Families love this casual spot for a nice bite.

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