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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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23
    A brightly lit dining room at Tank Noodle for you to fish up tender pieces of beef brisket from your bowl of steaming Vietnamese pho. 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Steph T.
    Steph TaylorFebruary 8, 2016
    Best bubble tea in Chicago. Definitely try the matcha green tea flavor.
  • Clyde D.
    Clyde DwyerDecember 29, 2014
    Bahn xeo. Amazingly crispy, especially with little bites of crisp pork belly.
  • 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
  • James B.
    James BarathJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Everyone knows their Pho rocks. Order a watermelon boba if you desire a super refreshing drink.
  • Guido D.
    Guido DavidzonMarch 8, 2014
    Great and authentic Vietnamese food. One Of The best I've been in USA.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AuFebruary 14, 2015
    The best Pho in town in my opinion. My go to choice is #40!
  • 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!!
  • 👥 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 !!
  • Susan B.
    Susan B-KSeptember 8, 2013
    The pho is delicious, and the sweetie banana cake is perfect for dessert.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BrickerJuly 19, 2011
    Friendly staff! Kid friendly... No kids menu, but can accommodate with the ala cart items.
  • 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 
  • Lasantha R.
    Lasantha RanasingheAugust 6, 2013
    Try the rice dish with grilled pork chop, Chinese sausage and fried egg!!!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cristina E.
    Cristina EMarch 3, 2016
    Theres too much sauce on stir fry veggies! Good coconut bubble tea
  • Carnell J.
    Carnell J.August 5, 2013
    Always packed for a reason and well worth the wait.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarquezMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is some of the most solid pho I've had! I'm honorary FOB (fresh off the boat) so I know what I speak.
  • Keith S.
    Keith ShayNovember 22, 2011
    Took Chanthana recommendation and ordered #47....it was great! Thank you Chanthana.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GDecember 3, 2011
    I want to swim in all of their pho, but I think it's a health code violation.
  • Quinn S.
    Quinn SMarch 15, 2015
    The phõ is the best
  • Amy T.
    Amy TonMarch 27, 2015
    Pho was filling and they include lots of meat!
  • Andru-Scot S.
    Andru-Scot SpanglerDecember 8, 2015
    Best Oxtail Pho, I've ever eaten.
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzOctober 21, 2016
    I only had a bubble tea, but service was good and so was the drink.
  • Tom O.
    Tom OpperFebruary 6, 2011
    Never had Vietnamese before, Try Tank Noodle. You won't regret it.
  • Christina Y.
    Christina YFebruary 24, 2014
    Mix mango and strawberry for the best bubble tea ever
  • Jowan L.
    Jowan LewisApril 24, 2012
    Has the best Pho Ga in town...Delicious!!!!!
  • Jelly .
    Jelly 👑November 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The pho or 106 are my most Fav
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneApril 11, 2010
    #12 app is addictive and will have you dreaming of pancakey goodness long after you've eaten it.
  • Oscar D.
    Oscar DelgadilloAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I know their specialty is Pho, but they can sure throw down a mean beef sandwich and mango bubble.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinAugust 3, 2015
    The 24 is good. The pork in the 23 tastes a bit weird.
  • James H.
    James HillsFebruary 4, 2012
    Extra-Large pho is holy freaking huge! But super yummy!
  • Clinton J.
    Clinton JacksonJune 27, 2014
    Tank Noodle is the No Limit Records (circa 1999) of pho restaurants
  • Mo N.
    Mo NajeraNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Vietnamese coffe and pho number 47... Un clasico!!!
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PattersonNovember 9, 2013
    Sizzling Vietnamese crepe !
  • Kayla G.
    Kayla GMay 28, 2010
    Order the Banh Xeo (savory crepe with shrimp, pork, and veggies in it).
  • Renee G.
    Renee GirardJune 9, 2013
    Hands down, best bubble tea and pho in Chicago!
  • Seth P.
    Seth PutnamMay 17, 2014
    Impossible to go wrong with the Agent 47.
  • Angela
    AngelaNovember 4, 2014
    Best pho and spring rolls in Chicago
  • s p.
    s pAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pan-Asian menu, but pho is the main event.
  • Thongsy S.
    Thongsy SingvongsaFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Papaya smoothie w/ tapioca is really delicious.
  • Jonn C.
    Jonn CuaApril 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Vietnamese crepe, calamari, spring rolls
  • Ricky B.
    Ricky BurtonJune 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Pho ga always!
  • Hui S.
    Hui SunJune 2
    Amazing pho!
  • Miguel M.
    Miguel MorenoJune 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Pho Ga in the history of life! Get a plum bubble tea too!!:)
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Best Restaurants according to radicalpossibility.com
  • Jeiran H.
    Jeiran HasanNovember 22, 2015
    Everything is delicious!
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine S.January 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef Pho is the best!!! Yum!!!!!
  • Zlatko T.
    Zlatko TodosijevićSeptember 27, 2014
    Mmmmmmm #oxtail #tanknoodle
  • Harper R.
    Harper ReedDecember 18, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    If it's raining or cold try the #47; if it is overcast, get the #111. if it is hot out, get the #84.
  • Sean L.
    Sean LopezJune 7, 2014
    Banh mi is awesome too
  • Kendra T.
    Kendra TorresJune 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a beef soup! They are known for it
  • Cory S.
    Cory StevensApril 5, 2014
    The limeade is wonderful
  • Eric S.
    Eric SlepakApril 5, 2011
    Squid salad #6 makes a great appetizer.
  • Ricky B.
    Ricky BurtonSeptember 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything, is good!
  • Cinnamon C.
    Cinnamon CooperMarch 29, 2013
    Tear up the basil leaves and put it in your pho.
  • Connie M.
    Connie MeehanNovember 3, 2011
    Best Pho outside of Ho Chi Minh.
  • Scout G.
    Scout GarbaczewskiAugust 28, 2015
    Definitely get the pho
  • Davin L.
    Davin LohAugust 19, 2014
    Very good vietnamese food.
  • Luis-Manuel G.
    Luis-Manuel GarciaMarch 17, 2011
    #39 or #40 FTW. Hooray for big bowls of soup with odd bits of cow.
  • Chuck O.
    Chuck OlivaAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always some hot guys eating here. ;)
  • Kat P.
    Kat PowellMay 12, 2013
    #43 all the way. The broth is heavenly!!!
  • Saskia
    SaskiaSeptember 1, 2015
    Avocado bubble smoothie, FTW!
  • Michael O.
    Michael O'DonnellOctober 17, 2010
    #83 combo is great into into Tank! Amazing flavor!
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJanuary 6, 2013
    #50 has disappeared off the menu!
  • Debora A.
    Debora AraujoMay 20, 2015
    I absolutely love you Tank Noodle! Check out Freebie today! Read more
  • Ailinh B.
    Ailinh BuiJuly 17, 2013
    Pho pho pho....
  • Audrey L.
    Audrey LeonJanuary 23, 2011
    Best avocado smoothie anywhere.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Chef Ryan Poli eats here on his nights off. He loves the Phở. Read more
  • Dayne K.
    Dayne KirkMarch 9, 2012
    Best bubble tea in Chicago!
  • Goy S.
    Goy S.January 14, 2012
    Thai Tea Shake with tropioca!!
  • ashish r.
    ashish rastogiJanuary 9, 2016
    144 is really good
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin O'wingsOctober 26, 2014
    Good food bad seating
  • Gordon G.
    Gordon GradoMarch 16, 2014
    Good food but can't split bills which is annoying.
  • Tony J.
    Tony JungNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Beef Pho
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HoffmanAugust 29, 2015
    #47 Pho 🍜
  • Gigi W.
    Gigi WuJune 14, 2014
    pho xe tang
  • Harper R.
    Harper ReedDecember 18, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    if you are feeling adventurous, try the #50.
  • Tony J.
    Tony JungNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Fried Rice
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy TakacsAugust 27, 2011
    Yum!! Can't wait for my bowl of Pho.
  • Karen
    KarenNovember 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get #40, you won't regret it!
  • S D Pete G.
    S D Pete GlassOctober 6, 2015
    #40 the BEST
  • Carla C.
    Carla CajalneNovember 22, 2010
    #103 pork chop and eggs. Mmmm my fave.
  • Denise Y.
    Denise YoungJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best pho in chicago!
  • Luie A.
    Luie AlcantaraMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Waited over 30 minutes for carry out. Need to find a new Vietnamese restaurant. Service here has Tanked.
  • PB B.
    PB BrownDecember 6, 2012
    Get the pho.
  • Chanthana 🐼
    Chanthana 🐼January 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the #47 (rare steak) and often add meatballs for $2 more.
  • John B.
    John BrackenSeptember 4, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Pho , duh, but #89 pork vermicelli rocks too. Smoothies.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongAugust 17, 2012
    XL pho 4/5
  • Dean C.
    Dean ChristesenJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pho Tai #47 all day.
  • Tony J.
    Tony JungMay 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pho
  • Ashley P.
    Ashley PAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Have yourself a little Bo Luc Lac party!!!
  • James B.
    James BaylonOctober 21, 2010
    I recommend errryone get #50 :)
  • sarah
    sarahApril 28, 2010
    they deliver now...even all the way to rogers park!
  • Justin I.
    Justin IsraelsSeptember 29, 2014
    Pho-licious!
  • Yangzhi Z.
    Yangzhi ZhaoOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Closed on Wednesdays for whatever reason :(
  • Cham
    ChamFebruary 21, 2012
    If u like pho
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NeesNovember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy Tanksgiving!
  • Vic M.
    Vic MelecioFebruary 3, 2010
    I'm not homophobic but the #50 scares me. Who needs tylonol cold & flu when u have #39!
  • Tengiz A.
    Tengiz AdamashviliNovember 23, 2013
    They don't clean toilets and it smells gross everywhere inside, almost threw up, can't eat
  • Luke X.
    Luke XiaoMay 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    We need more lady gaga!!
  • Nola D.
    Nola DarlingDecember 17, 2010
    this is some of the worst food I have ever had and the management is completely incompetent
  • David K.
    David KadavyNovember 10, 2009
    Get Beef Pho #41 Read more
  • Joe Y.
    Joe Y.May 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Mo Pho Mi.
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