Thai restaurants in Chicago
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Despite the presence of several other excellent Asian choices within a few blocks, this place attracts crowds most hours of the day and night. You’ll see people waiting outside in all kinds of weather. Maybe these hapless hordes are drawn by the place’s minimalist decor, the low prices or – no doubt – the cheap, tasty noodle soups and stir-fries. Penny’s is BYOB.
A lunchtime favorite with workers from both Uptown and Andersonville, this Thai restaurant has a window filled with accolades and awards, and the food to back it up. The pad thai is excellent, and the spot-on curries arrive still simmering in a clay pot. For a quick, cheap snack, visit the counter for a baked pastry.