Taste of Thai Town

Thai, Thai Again

Here’s a Thai Spot in an Old Police Station

By UrbanDaddy Staff ·
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Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

However, do try the jail’s lobster phad phong karee. It’s simply wonderful.

At least now that Taste of Thai Town is occupying an abandoned Albany Park police station. (Slideshow time.)

Kind-of-a-big-deal Thai chef Arun Sampanthavivat is behind this conversion. And the first thing you’ll notice is the enormous shrine in front of the building. It’s a nice meeting point for your first dates. Perhaps a little inspiration for your Instagram feed. Or maybe it’s just an enormous shrine, which is okay, too.

Once you walk in, you’ll find a noodle bar on your right doing incredible things with spicy noodle soups and pad thai. To your left: a dining room with hand-painted walls celebrating King Rama V, modernizer of Thailand and just a really great Rama all around.

Further back, past some bright-orange walls, you’ll find a sunroom. Here, you and whatever assortment of pan-Asian-food enthusiasts you’ve assembled will open steaming baskets full of Thai-style shumai, Vietnamese sandwiches, snapper with pineapple curry and rotating specials like ham hocks with chilies and bok choy.

Oh, and one last thing to keep in mind: it’s BYOB for now.

Which should really test your knowledge of ham-hock-friendly wines.


Taste of Thai Town
4461 N Pulaski Rd
(at Sunnyside)
Chicago, IL, 60630


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