Subway: Red to Argyle(773) 878-2222 thaiavenueonline.com41.973080 -87.659384 4949 N Broadway (at Argyle St) Uptown, Chicago
Lunch, dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $7
Located on a strip of Broadway known for its Vietnamese spots, the cuisine shifts to Thai at this simple, bright storefront. Anglo favorites abound, but the gems of the menu are the authentic eats. Start with yum woonsen, a spicy glass-noodle salad with fresh shrimp and ground chicken, and move on to the name klug, deep-fried rice with bits of ham, pork fat, peanuts, chilies and plenty of lime. Sweet sticky rice with mango or chilled lychee are perfect simple endings.