Subway: Brown to Irving Park(773) 327-881841.952506 -87.677760 3900 N Lincoln Ave (between Byron St and Larchmont Ave) North Center, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $10
The goal here is to serve slightly elevated Thai food at affordable prices, in an atmosphere that feels more high-end than typical. Namo mostly succeeds, with cloth napkins, an elegant dining room and attentive service. Fresh mushrooms and giant New Zealand mussels bathe in a spicy, fragrant coconut-curry broth in the tom kha soup, and the “sea bags” appetizer (glass noodles, scallops and shrimp held together in a fried purse) offers a nice crunchy-chewy contrast. But avoid the soft-shell crab curry, in which just one crab lies prone atop an undersauced bed of boring rice and green and red peppers.