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TAC Quick

TAC Quick

Thai Restaurant$$$$
Lakeview, Chicago
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    Tod Mun Pla, a fried ground fish and chili paste mixture, comes with a killer dipping sauce, which manages to be tart, funky, and spicy. Of course, just about every other dish is worth ordering too.
  • David E.
    David EldridgeDecember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good, the "secret" menu is now public for your ease of ordering the more authentic dishes. Many are quite spicy. Bring a refreshing wine or beer (BYOB) to go with that tasty, spicy food.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Joe G.
    Joe GermuskaAugust 9, 2014
    The specials are almost always a good bet, the kai tod (fried chicken) is always great, and tonight we tried the crispy fried pork with basil for the first time and thought it was pretty great too.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 2, 2012
    Request the second menu at this BYOB, and don’t miss nam nuang (rice-paper rolls with pork meatballs), papaya salad with blue crab, and yum woon sen talay (glass noodles with seafood and lime): Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    If you want to go beyond your cookie-cutter curries and pad thais, come here, but request "the second menu." My favorites are the fish maw salad and the chewy beef "jerky." Read more
  • Arisa X.
    Arisa XumsaiSeptember 9, 2013
    If you want boat noodle, there's another place much better and the owner is super nice! A little further north but worth the trip! Jinthaicuisine.com
  • Ryan
    RyanJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Tom Yum soup on the "secret menu" with noodles, ground pork, roast pork, and fried dumpling is my fixation. I haven't been able to order anything else since... Maybe for the last 6 trips.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    This eatery is known for the authentic dishes on its "secret" Thai menu, but the regular menu features plenty of pan-fried noodle dishes and curry bowls that can be made with tofu instead of meat. Read more
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleApril 13, 2013
    Blackboard Eats says "fav is the kuay teaw reua (or “boat noodles”). The includes all major food groups: brisket, beef balls, pork skins, Chinese broccoli, bean sprouts, and thin rice vermicelli."
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    Try ground chicken with basil and preserved eggs. Also try the specials board; promising rotations have included lettuce wrap–ready deep-fried mackerel with apples, cucumbers, fish sauce and chiles. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 17, 2011
    Try ground chicken with basil and preserved eggs. Also try the specials board; promising rotations have included lettuce wrap–ready deep-fried mackerel with apples, cucumbers, fish sauce and chiles.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2011
    Those in the know order from the spicier, more authentic Thai menu, but either way this is hands-down one of our fave Thai spots in Chicago. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 9, 2012
    This is some of the freshest, most flavorful Thai food in the city. The regular menu is a safe bet. But step out of your comfort zone and request the Thai-translated menu instead. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    A neighborhood favorite known for its reliable and comforting Thai food. Ask for the secret Thai menu and you'll be greeted with a whole other world outside Pad Thai.
  • Christina M.
    Christina MichaelsAugust 8, 2013
    Michelin star recommended. Great for a quick dinner!!! Ask for the secret menu, you can't go wrong. Everything was delicious! 👍👍
  • Lindsay S.
    Lindsay SaffrinAugust 19, 2013
    This place is so great! The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was really cool and casual. I'd come here again in a minute
  • Adrian G.
    Adrian GalliJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Moo Ping, Grilled Squid, Green Curry, and the Pad Nam Prik Paow. Take it from a Tac Quick vet, everything is good but the less mainstream the better your food will be.
  • Susan N.
    Susan NellJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Really authentic, really delicious Thai. BYOB. Best appetizer is the fermented rice sausage thingy.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The basic menu appeases the masses that flood the simple, minimalist room of this top-notch Thai joint. Read more
  • Nick G.
    Nick GDecember 4, 2011
    Ask for the secret menu. You'll feel cool and you won't have any idea what you're ordering. ALWAYS get the crab rangoon.
  • Derek T.
    Derek TorreyApril 7, 2013
    Crisp pork with basil (on the secret menu) is incredible. So is the beef jerky app.
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FarrisApril 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The "Secret Menu" is the bomb! The Kuay Teaw Tom Yum Muu Sab has a broth that will kick your arse!
  • Faisal K.
    Faisal KarimJanuary 13, 2011
    Great Thai food. Order from their authentic Thai menu. Could get loud at busy hours. Specials are usually good.
  • Wesley K.
    Wesley KeyserMay 3, 2013
    Didn't honor the Check-in Special. Not that I really needed it. Love the pad thai and chicken satay!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinMarch 26, 2014
    Really tasty Thai food. Get anything with pork and egg.
  • Miguel O.
    Miguel OroMay 7, 2016
    Lettuce wraps, cashew entree, BYOB!!
  • Keith P.
    Keith PeltasonAugust 1, 2015
    Curry sauce has fish, it's not vegetarian. Cashew dish was tasty.
  • Arisa X.
    Arisa XumsaiSeptember 9, 2013
    Which is fine by me til she gave me an attitude face and toward it. Watch out for their attitude guys. From liked this place, I went to I don't think I want to come back..
  • Arisa X.
    Arisa XumsaiSeptember 9, 2013
    Food is good. Too bad I am not impress with their service. I showed them the free crab Rangoon to the girl I picked up my food with. She said she doesn't have that special not sure who put it in..
  • Emily S.
    Emily SteingartApril 19, 2015
    The panang curry is unreal! Best ever
  • Adrian G.
    Adrian GalliJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the Thai menu (the one they don't usually give you) for extra special food choices.
  • William F.
    William FrenchDecember 13, 2011
    Not a fan, don't go!!! Took off three veggies, and added broccoli to a dish and they then charged me for it, also did a check in and they wouldn't honor the free crab Rangoon bc I didn't spend 20$
  • Erin S.
    Erin SSeptember 5, 2011
    Special is only if you purchase $15 or more
  • Nathan J.
    Nathan JenksSeptember 15, 2011
    Lie about the check in special. They said the order has to be $15 for the free egg roll even though it says nothing about price, just to show you checked in. Sucks cause I like the food.
  • Annie P.
    Annie PetersonMarch 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good!
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BuzieckiDecember 14, 2014
    Crispy pork is the way to my heart!
  • Mark L.
    Mark LindzyApril 4, 2014
    Moo Ping is delicious!
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongAugust 17, 2012
    Pork neck: 4.75/5, papaya salad 3.75/5
  • Jen J.
    Jen JenSeptember 19, 2011
    The moo ping is very good ;)
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Curtis Duffy, chef of Grace, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Neua dad deaw. Read more
  • Sherece H.
    Sherece HoardNovember 14, 2013
    Yes they don't honor the check-im special and tbh who is going to pay them $5 more for eggs rolls and you only get two im stick with me order ok now.. Yes attitudes r horrible this my 1st nd last here
  • Abby J.
    Abby J.April 9, 2012
    Ask for the secret menu.
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LewisJune 3, 2012
    Good food. Good prices. Terrible service.
  • Sean
    SeanFebruary 5, 2011
    So good! Try the Thai food!
  • Vithida S.
    Vithida SueblinvongNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hainanese chicken Thai style !!!
  • Zoe
    ZoeMarch 27, 2010
    Their massaman curry is the absolute best.
  • Chirag B.
    Chirag BadlaniOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The special does not exist.
  • Nisha M.
    Nisha MalaviaJanuary 18, 2010
    The Tom Kha soup is excellent!
  • Mikhail V.
    Mikhail VyshegorodtsevFebruary 15, 2015
    Terrible jungle curry. Low amount of smelly chicken. Would not recommend.
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuDecember 9, 2009
    Don't forget to order the chicken satay.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MonroeMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wouldn't honor the check-in special as worded. Want a $15 minimum.
  • Maria
    MariaJanuary 5, 2010
    Get the Thai menu.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TillarApril 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Horrible service. Don't even bother using/buying gift certificates. Won't be returning.
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