Bus: 85A, Pace 225, 226(773) 467-1168 theelephantthai.com41.997481 -87.762590 5348 W Devon Ave (between Central and Minnehaha Aves) Sauganash, Chicago
Lunch, dinner (closed Sun)Average main course: $8
At first glance, the menu at this little BYOB Thai joint seems common, but up on the chalkboard you’ll find specials that make the trek worthy of your gas cash. Try the spicy tilapia with globe-shaped eggplants and the beefy “boat” noodles, a brisket-studded soup. From the regular menu, don’t miss the roasted duck curry packed with grapes, tomatoes and pineapple chunks. Grab dessert to go from the small counter of imported cookies and candies.