Chicago has no shortage of local Thai restaurants but the very best one, the one you where you really should be getting your fix is Andy’s Thai Kitchen (“ATK”). This award-nominated restaurant has the most authentic Thai flavors in town. I have been eating there for a a few years now and I am always impressed and very satisfied.
Andy’s Thai Kitchen is located directly underneath the Wellington ‘L’ stop, along the CTA Brown and Purple Lines. in the Lakeview neighborhood. (Note: The Purple Line only stops here during weekday rush hours.) That fact should be incentive enough to leave your car at home and head over there for lunch or dinner. But there are other reasons. I’ll begin with the food.
I’ll just say it. Chef Andy is not holding back on the spice in his dishes. You will be asked how spicy you like certain menu items but just know that the lowest level of spice is still pretty damn spicy. I love that ATK is not trying to adjust their dishes for American palates. It’s truly refreshing. Since I like exceptionally spicy food, ATK is my favorite Thai spot. Here’s how my lunch went down this Monday.
I truly thought I was going to order one of the special seafood soup items but I surprised myself. I went for the much heartier duck noodle soup. I usually don’t eat much meat but “the body wants what the body wants,” I guess. My body was craving duck on that frigid day and I always try to listen to my body 😉
The bowl hit my table in intense, steamy fashion and it stayed piping hot until I took my very last slurp. The noodles were plentiful and, as always, they had great texture. The slices of braised duck were very tender. The broth was very well layered with a tremendous amount of spice and just the right amount of fat. Veggies included Chinese broccoli, bean sprouts, onion, garlic and cilantro. I was able to linger over my bowl of soup for a lovely stretch of time without it becoming anywhere near cold. My only regret was that I was not dining with friends. I really wanted to order more food but it would’ve been to much to eat alone. Next time!
Other dishes I enjoy at ATK are the basil crispy pork belly , the karee seafood entree and the wild boar curry. Look out for some of the more adventurous and unique menu items on their daily specials, as well as their gluten-free and vegan dishes, if that is your thing.
Andy’s Thai Kitchen is a BYOB and they are a cash-only business. They do not take reservations. However, if you have a large crowd, call them well ahead of your visit, as they may be willing to reserve a table for a late night seating.
Andy’s Thai Kitchen is located at 946 W. Wellington. It is open for lunch and dinner everyday. Click here for more information.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Brown and Purple Lines to Andy’s Thai Kitchen. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!
Looking for another great restaurant in Lakeview? Check out Ceres Table.