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Tank Noodle

Tank Noodle

Vietnamese Restaurant, Noodle House, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Uptown, Chicago
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  • Thurgood C.
    Thurgood CoatsAugust 24, 2015
    Loved the tank noodle special and the mango bubble tea! The appetizer sampler was a great way to start the meal as well. Service suffers due to how the floor is run, but just bring your patience.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 11, 2016
    The longtime family-owned spot serves Chicago's best bowl of pho, but there are a seemingly unlimited amount of finds on the 200-item menu full of soups, noodle dishes, rice, banh mi, and much more. Read more
  • Cindy K.
    Cindy KurmanAugust 10, 2014
    Love our waiter. He's the real deal. Sat down next to me while I ordered! Probably wouldn't fly downtown but outside on Argyle, perfect. Ordered the sizzling Crepe, one of my Vietnamese! Delish
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleAugust 8, 2014
    I don't want to know the nutritional value of a Thai iced tea smoothie. I only want to know how many unicorns gave their lives to make this magical concoction possible.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2011
    Uptown's Argyle Street is also known as Little Saigon and Tank Noodle is the crown jewel for its authentic Vietnamese cuisine, especially the various steaming bowls of pho. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    No need to doll yourself up on a Saturday night for this humble BYOB. Overlook the less than flattering decor and prepare for aromatic beef pho and other Vietnamese specialties.
    Upvoted Dec 4, 2016
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJuly 2, 2015
    Tank Noodle handles the Vietnamese tradition of avocado-as-dessert with characteristic decadence, mixing Haas avocados with sugar and half-and-half to arrive at a lush, pudding-like treat. Read more
  • Konrad S.
    Konrad StefanSeptember 9, 2016
    After being spoiled by NYC pho for many years, I thought it would be hard to find anything close but Tank Noodle definitely hits the spot.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 15, 2016
    A big bowl of Tank’s phở is delicious, but the catfish really gets my taste buds going. If I’m feeling really gluttonous, I’ll get the catfish and pork simmered in a clay pot. Read more
  • Scott K.
    Scott KnitterOctober 26, 2013
    Really liked the #100. Pork chop, egg cake thingy, and rice. All of it delicious. Lime juice and soda drink. $35 paid for dinner for two.
  • Nguyen-Anh L.
    Nguyen-Anh LeOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't fret about which Pho number dish to order. It's like ordering pizza. The base - the key part - is the same. Then you just choose your toppings :)
  • Czarina D.
    Czarina De LeonJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's always crowded bc their food is great! I always get #43! And their Thai milk tea boba is delicious (easy on the ice though).
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJune 8, 2015
    I usually get pho Thai. Their broth is good, and they give you good portion. I especially like their Vietnamese spring roll with Shrimp!
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicoleAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I have been to many Vietnamese places. However, this is still the very best bowl of pho I can find in Chicago. BYOB also
  • Evelyn T.
    Evelyn TaylorSeptember 29, 2013
    The food is great, but service is slowww! Try the lemon grass chicken on rice and sweet and sour cabbage!! Great!
  • Spoon University
    Bourdain praised their spicy pho, but with over 230 dishes on their menu, Tank Noodle has something for everyone (even those that hate the heat). Read more
  • David C.
    David CurielNovember 29, 2014
    I think tank noodles serves some of the best pho in the city,always great for those cold days or hangovers
  • Vince G.
    Vince GarciaNovember 14, 2012
    They play Dj Flipside podcasts here!! Awesome! The pho is good too, but my favorite is the watermelon slush
  • Christina B.
    Christina BowersApril 12, 2012
    Bun thit nuong comes with very little bun. Also beware of diff between pork (more traditional prep) and beef (a bit dry and seasoned with lemongrass)
  • Cedric A.
    Cedric A.November 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    #43, go with the double order of noodles, 2 spoonfuls of sri racha sauce, and a generous amount of bean sprouts. And a strawberry/pineapple smoothie. Done.
  • Jamar M.
    Jamar McCrayJanuary 13, 2013
    Everything is enough to feed two people.. so go there with the mind state of sharing. Order mutiple dishes!
  • JJ K.
    JJ KimDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best pho in Chicago. Always packed while other restaurant around are nearly empty. Price is good, food is awesome.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PattersonApril 9, 2013
    Great service and vast menu. Pho is good but they tend too put too many tendons in with the beef
  • Kellen T.
    Kellen TerrettAugust 8, 2014
    This is the place I always return to for pho. Love the seating and overall environment.
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReidMarch 7, 2016
    Had the traditional pho and it was delicious - you get so much food I couldn't finish!
  • gRoOvE
    gRoOvEMarch 21, 2014
    ¡Best Phö Ga in the history of life! Get a plum bubble tea too!
  • Cynthia Y.
    Cynthia YoungAugust 16, 2014
    All done! Best pho is Chicago... And cafe sua da is mighty strong too!
  • Jack S.
    Jack StullJuly 2, 2013
    Delicious green tea, bubble tea. Employee advised us to try it with banana next time:)
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoFebruary 18, 2012
    There is almost always a line. Be patient and you will be rewarded. The pho is amazing.
  • Evelyn T.
    Evelyn TaylorSeptember 29, 2013
    The food is great, but service is slowww. Try the lemon grass chicken on rice. Awesome!
  • James B.
    James BarathJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone knows their Pho rocks. Order a watermelon boba if you desire a super refreshing drink.
  • Steph T.
    Steph TaylorFebruary 8, 2016
    Best bubble tea in Chicago. Definitely try the matcha green tea flavor.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonNovember 19, 2016
    The XL bowl is great to share between two people, but I'm not a fan of the tendon
  • Clyde D.
    Clyde DwyerDecember 29, 2014
    Bahn xeo. Amazingly crispy, especially with little bites of crisp pork belly.
  • Trish N.
    Trish NguyenMay 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Their banh xeo is ALMOST as good as my mom's homemade.
  • stephanie k.
    stephanie kellyFebruary 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    #47 is my favorite. But I'd also recommend #114, 7b, 29 and any of the fruit smoothies. I've never had a bad meal. My favorite place in Chicago!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PaganJanuary 20, 2014
    Great place but the vegetarian spring rolls were not that good and the sauce was way too sweet the pho was awesome!!
  • Guido D.
    Guido DavidzonMarch 8, 2014
    Great and authentic Vietnamese food. One Of The best I've been in USA.
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AuFebruary 14, 2015
    The best Pho in town in my opinion. My go to choice is #40!
  • Susan B.
    Susan B-KSeptember 8, 2013
    The pho is delicious, and the sweetie banana cake is perfect for dessert.
  • Lasantha R.
    Lasantha RanasingheAugust 6, 2013
    Try the rice dish with grilled pork chop, Chinese sausage and fried egg!!!!!
  • 👥 CJI
    👥 CJISeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    FYI: You can get number 109, with just Shrimp.. If you don't want the pork. #Yehay !!
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BrickerJuly 19, 2011
    Friendly staff! Kid friendly... No kids menu, but can accommodate with the ala cart items.
  • lew h.
    lew hDecember 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't overlook the banh mi, my personal favorite is the 74, the 47 will satisfy most
  • Sylvia S.
    Sylvia SungJune 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I think there has been a change in ownership. The quality of pho was markedly less than in previous years 
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel Di TomasoFebruary 20, 2010
    Any vermiceli rice dish is great and the 184 pork stir fry is beyond good. This place is always packed! So be patient.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GDecember 3, 2011
    I want to swim in all of their pho, but I think it's a health code violation.
  • Darren K.
    Darren KroenkeJanuary 17, 2014
    Get there early, like 5:30, to avoid the wait. Still worth it though even if you end up in line.
  • Carnell J.
    Carnell J.August 5, 2013
    Always packed for a reason and well worth the wait.
  • Cristina E.
    Cristina EMarch 3, 2016
    Theres too much sauce on stir fry veggies! Good coconut bubble tea
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