Subway: Red to Clark/Division; Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick(312) 712-9900 tiparosthai.com41.910654 -87.631798 1540 N Clark St (between Burton Place and North Blvd) Old Town, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $8
Having so many great Thai restaurants in the city makes it tough to decide where to head when your craving kicks in. This reliable spot does all of your favorites well. The spicy beef skewers are like awesome jerky with a tangy chile sauce. Tod mun pla, fried spicy fish cakes, are flavored with lemongrass and come with a tasty, sweet dipping sauce with chunks of cucumber and ground peanuts. Curries are good, too, from mild yellow with peas to the decadent Massaman made with chunks of potatoes, pineapples and tomato, in coconut milk–curry gravy. The room itself is clean as a whistle and bright, with Thai textiles of all colors on the walls.