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Wow Bao

Wow Bao

Dumpling Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
  • The experts at Time Out Chicago and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • Time Out Chicago
    • Serious Eats
  • Gigi D.
    "Yes, the chocolate bao are awesome!!!"(9 Tips)
    Jenny K.
    "Thank you for the FourSquare deal of a free bao!"(7 Tips)
    "Thai curry chicken and coconut custard bao"(5 Tips)
    Andre C.
    "Free order of Potstickers with every 5th checkin = #Winning!"(13 Tips)
138 Tips and reviews
  • Chinese food
  • potstickers
  • Mongolian beef
  • spicy food
  • good for a quick meal
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  • Jeff B.
    bbq and kung pao are my favorites
  • Matt D.
    Pop in for a quick bao or two if you're enduring the long weekend wait for the bus to Museum Campus.
  • Emma K.
    Recommend the thai curry chicken bao
  • Bình H.
    Bình HàNovember 12, 2016
    I find they make the spicy kungbao noodle too salty. Maybe it's better w rice? I would recommend to stick w the baos.
  • Ha D.
    Ha DuongAugust 21, 2016
    The baos and potstickers are really good. I liked the coconut custard bao and the pork and cabbage potstickers. I don't recommend the buns - they were too sour and not really good.
  • Ana V.
    Ana VhJuly 8, 2016
    Horrible service
  • Rodney Z.
    Rodney ZeedykJune 18, 2016
    processed fast food, that tastes like garlic and salt. Bao's have little to no filling. I would recommend a frozen diner over this food.
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerMay 29, 2016
    Try the spicy Mongolian beef
  • Hank C.
    Hank CoutureApril 21, 2016
    The bao of course
  • Matthias H.
    Matthias HohmannJanuary 6, 2016
    Bowl and bao combo
  • Frankie C.
    Frankie CorralNovember 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Pork Belly And Chicken Sriracha buns are SUPER delicious!!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 9, 2015
    Love the baos, especially the spicy ones!!! Great quick lunch option
  • Xaarlin
    XaarlinAugust 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious breakfast buns.
  • Rocio J.
    Rocio JimenezAugust 5, 2015
    Good for a quick meal
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MaxwellJuly 16, 2015
    Thai Curry Chicken is amazing. Awesome #bogo deal!!!
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezMay 21, 2015
    If you want bao, the service is super fast. Stop in and grab something while you're waiting for the delayed 6 bus.
  • Edward R.
    Edward RanierApril 7, 2015
    BBQ Beef is good
  • Jairo L.
    Jairo LucasMarch 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the rice and baos
  • sydney s.
    sydney sFebruary 28, 2015
    Homemade ginger ale was not as great as expected but ginger was intense. Veggie bowl over chow fun was amazing, and whole wheat veggie bao is worth trying.
  • Madm F.
    Madm FiaDecember 7, 2014
    Get the veggie bowl and the broth and BOOM - soup. Add some soya and spice and all that's nice
  • Farah A.
    Farah AleemDecember 3, 2014
    The spinach and mushroom breakfast bao
  • Emily P.
    Emily PegNovember 7, 2014
    Perfect light lunch or snack. Love the pork dumplings!
  • Teresa
    TeresaOctober 26, 2014
    New pork belly bao that tastes delicious! More expensive than normal baos though
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy CrookOctober 23, 2014
    Just got handed a coffee cup of wonton broth. I'm in my happy place.
  • Alejandra R.
    Alejandra ReynosoOctober 8, 2014
    Goodness hehshbs
  • Ivy S.
    Ivy SavageSeptember 13, 2014
    Kung Pao Chicken Bao
  • Ailin B.
    Ailin BarseghianSeptember 6, 2014
    Teriyaki bowl!
  • AmberRose T.
    AmberRose TVAugust 11, 2014
    Make sure you take advantage of their BOGO special!
  • Deborah F.
    Deborah FerdinandAugust 8, 2014
    The Teriyaki and Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Boas are great. If you checked on Foursquare and let the staff know, you get a free Boa.
  • Karthik B.
    Good for a quick snack.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bao reheats well in a microwave- get extra!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The newest of Lettuce Entertain You's chain of Chinese-style steamed bun carryout shops doesn't tinker with success. Read more
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SMay 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredibly friendly staff!
  • Xiomara G.
    Xiomara GreeneApril 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork and cabbage pot stickers with the sesame mustard sauce= yummy :)
  • Ricardo W.
    Ricardo WendellMarch 23, 2014
    The pomegranate ginger ale is fantastic!
  • Ece
    EceMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to check-in every time you come in! There is an offer for every check-in :)
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleOctober 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The Thai broth is the best chill killer & is piping hot
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the chocolate bao... It melts in the mouth with warm dark chocolate with a hint of coconut!
  • Uber Chicago ..
    Uber Chicago .September 19, 2013
    Offering one free Bao during Uber Chicago's CHILOVESuberX, 9/20-9/22.
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieSeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to save room for a chocolate bao. Otherwise, skip the bao & go for the potstickers.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJuly 8, 2013
    Fun "fast casual" concept. Get a set of six and try one of each of the non-sweet bao.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    When you check in on Foursquare, you get one bao for buying one. It's such a great value and a great snack.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The ginger ale here is my favorite and it goes perfect with any bao.
  • Nick V.
    Nick V.June 22, 2013
    Food is good, but the employees are not very bright. Make sure you ask for light ice or you'll get 3 sips out of your drink before it's empty.
  • Nikki K.
    Nikki KanterJune 16, 2013
    BBQ pork bao was pretty tasty. The all veggie bowl with noodles is completely favorless... Adding soy ginger dipping sauce makes it a little better.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 24, 2013
    It is best known for freshly steamed dumplings and, obviously, bao—a Chinese-style bun stuffed with various meats and vegetables. The noodles are also pretty good, and the rice bowls can hit the spot
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMay 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fresh lemonade + pomegranate + spicy ginger = DELICIOUS, THIRST QUENCHING GOODNESS IN A CUP!!
  • Tonya J.
    Tonya JohnsonMay 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I wish this place opened at 7:30 am
  • Trish G.
    Trish GalimoreApril 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The spicy Mongolian beef rice bowl and the hibiscus lemonade are to die for!
  • Terry P.
    Terry PicquetteApril 25, 2013
  • Sarah v.
    Sarah van der PloegMarch 19, 2013
    First time & loved it. Used the kiosk outside the door for v easy & fast ordering and received my two bao within 1 minute after my receipt printed. Mongolian beef & Thai chili chicken both AMAZING!!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BergstresserMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Thai herb broth is the perfect mix of warmth, citrus, and spice. Perfect for Chicago winters
  • Christine
    ChristineFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If you swipe your debit card in the machine out front it pulls up your past 3 orders & you can select one of those as your new order with one click.
  • Micheline H.
    Micheline HynesOctober 9, 2012
    Try the Chicken Curry Bao - I'd waited two years for that bite! Only in Chicago!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GriffinSeptember 27, 2012
    Intelligentsia Coffee!
  • Michael N.
    Michael NullAugust 22, 2012
    This place advertises "hot Asian buns" they are not referring to strippers.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LemoineAugust 6, 2012
    Great food. The kung pao chicken bun and Mongolian beef buns are great
  • Simon K.
    Simon KisslerAugust 5, 2012
    Kind of disappointed. Food was mediocre, service was bad, grill didn't work, all around not impressed.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BushnellJuly 14, 2012
    Get the chicken pot stickers and Asian vegetables; cheap, pretty healthy, and delicious!
  • Raghav C.
    Raghav ChadhaJune 28, 2012
    4sq special. Free bao with check in.
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WrightJune 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    New low-carb calorie friendly base option for bowls - napa cabbage. Ends up being a little soupier than with rice it noodles but worth it.
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel Di TomasoMay 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Scan the QR code in the door for daily deal.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarquezApril 25, 2012
    Wow! The music is way loud. Did I just step into a club?
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HaywardApril 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bao for dinner and lunch is always a favorite, but breakfast bao is surprisingly delicious, and for under five bucks, the combo is a steal.
  • Liza P.
    Liza PharrisApril 8, 2012
    Try their hibiscus lemonade and thai iced coffee... yum.
  • Sabrina P.
    Sabrina PippinMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chocolate bao's are wonderful!
  • Lumi
    LumiMarch 26, 2012
    Thai curry chicken bao = rules me forever. Friendly staff, great food, pretty location. Comfy atmosphere.
  • Farha
    FarhaMarch 15, 2012
    A couple baos is all it takes to hit the spot. Kung Pao Chicken Bao is delic!
  • Karen F.
    Karen FordFebruary 27, 2012
    The oatmeal is BRILLIANT. It's very creamy, very much like a hot rice pudding. And the serving is gigantic.
  • Stacy K.
    Stacy KozikFebruary 24, 2012
    Really like the mongolian beef and thai chicken curry bao. Yum!
  • John M.
    John MatthewsFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best food!! Love the chicken teriyaki bowl. I'd get it every time
  • Erwin Brian E.
    Erwin Brian EnriquezFebruary 10, 2012
    Great Bailey and potstickers.
  • Karen F.
    Karen FordFebruary 8, 2012
    As if Wow Bao couldn't get any better.. they now have QUINOA! The vegetable quinoa is excellent :)
  • Theresa D.
    Theresa DeneenFebruary 6, 2012
    3 for $5 deal is great!
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel Di TomasoDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Scan the QR code outside the store for a special offer. I got 3free potstickers today plus my regular 2x1 bao
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuDecember 5, 2011
    Save room for the chocolate bao!
  • Gigi D.
    Gigi DavisNovember 13, 2011
    Yes, the chocolate bao are awesome!!!
  • Rebecca D.
    Rebecca DenisonNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the BBQ pork bao! My favorite! Of course, the dessert bao are wonderful, too. Be careful not to order too much, two or three bao is usually enough for me. :)
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    Pot stickers are fine; better to go with the Thai curry-chicken rice bowl with its yellow curry. Or just stick with the bao, steamed buns stuffed with fillings such as slightly spicy kung pao chicken. Read more
  • London L.
    London LockhartOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Coco bao is awesome
  • Simply S.
    Simply SocialOctober 15, 2011
    My favorite place for a quick bite, gotta love the hot Asian buns. And the Thai iced coffee is delicious!
  • Matt E.
    Matt EllisSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    new girl at the counter needs some help. refuses to recognize a foursquare checkin for a free bao and refuses to ask her coworkers for clarification...
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    tasty & quick Asian food that doesn't taste fast food
  • Nandini A.
    Nandini AnantharamanSeptember 18, 2011
    Great food...... Wow bao is a definite 4 square check in for their promos!!
  • Adam P.
    Adam PerlySeptember 16, 2011
    Grab a chocolate bao 6-pack!
  • Steven C.
    Steven ConwaySeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out wow Bao facebook page on Wednesday to find their word of the day for a free Bao.
  • @nicoleyeary
    @nicoleyearySeptember 5, 2011
    quick spot to eat, plus they rock foursquare with a bonus at check-in! I like the potstickers & chocolate bao!
  • Thy T.
    Thy TruongAugust 24, 2011
    The Thai coffee is sweet but so good
  • ALAN N.
    ALAN NUZUMAugust 17, 2011
    Snap a shot of the QR code on the door for a daily deal.
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron AckersonJuly 24, 2011
    In Soviet Russia, Lettuce Entertains YOU!
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Use the kiosk! It is so much faster than waiting in line. It will also remember your recent orders using your credit card #!
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the combo: The spicy peanut noodles are a great side.
  • K
    KJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Scan the QR code (on the double doors left of the main ones) for the deal of the day!
  • Sara R.
    Sara RobertsonJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Teriyaki rice bowl is ridic! The BBQ pork bao is also a fave. Make sure to avoid the chocolate bao - blech.
  • Andre C.
    Andre C.July 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Free order of Potstickers with every 5th checkin = #Winning!
  • Adam K.
    Adam KerznarJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is amazing! I come here every time I'm in Chicago!
  • Lee
    LeeJuly 4, 2011
    Try the Buns - so gut!
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PortellJune 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite Read more
  • Caity M.
    Caity MillerJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Coconut bao needs to be in your belly...RIGHT NAO.
  • Miguel G.
    Miguel GonzalezJune 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The little sweet desserts are a joy. I'm having a dish of choco-raisins for 25 cents.
  • Francine C.
    Francine ClyburnJune 5, 2011
    Tried it for the first time the esp buns were the best had a side order of stickers Mmmmmm
  • Chris L.
    Chris LMay 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Thai curry bao is my fav
  • Leeann
    LeeannApril 14, 2011
    Meh. Not impressed.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KimApril 11, 2011
    Try the Teri Chicken - @BaoMouth
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LillyFebruary 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Order your Kung Pao Lilly-style: dump a ginger and a mustard sauce over it and mix it in. You're welcome.
  • Charles C.
    Charles ColeJanuary 16, 2011
    Go somewhere else if you want good bao.
  • Beedee B.
    Beedee BDGUNJanuary 13, 2011
    chicken potstickers are delightful!
  • Julia P.
    Julia PullenDecember 17, 2010
    Go for the teriyaki chicken.... mmm :)
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LeungDecember 11, 2010
    Get a 6 pack of bao so that you can try them all. The dessert baos are a little lackluster though...
  • a.m.p.
    a.m.p.October 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Thai curry chicken and coconut custard bao will absolutely rock your socks.
  • Teddy W.
    Teddy WafflesOctober 6, 2010
    Gotta love the BBQ Buns!
  • Abhishek A.
    Abhishek AroraSeptember 28, 2010
    Oh Boy, I love their teriyaki chicken bowl!
  • Kelsey A.
    Kelsey AndersonSeptember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chicken pot stickers with the soy ginger sauce! Amazingg :)
  • IntelWiMAX
    IntelWiMAXSeptember 13, 2010
    You're in a WiMAX hotspot. Get online and check out Wow Bao's Twitter ( and Facebook ( for the latest news & deals!
  • Javier L.
    Javier LabbeAugust 14, 2010
    Will go by there tomorrow
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CostiganAugust 6, 2010
    Thai herb broth is amazing!
  • Sherwin K.
    Sherwin KJuly 29, 2010
    Chocolate bao yum!
  • Sprinkles p.
    Sprinkles pJuly 19, 2010
    Go to WB and have the BBq pork Bao & Green Tea Ginger ALe... To die for!
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MJuly 9, 2010
    Check their Facebook and Twitter pages on Wednesdays to see if there's a "Word of the Day" -- very often gets you a free bao!
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BayJuly 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid long lines by ordering and paying at the touch-screen kiosks in the hall!
  • Holly K.
    Holly KidsonJune 26, 2010
    Best bao: Mongolian Beef!!
  • Dane K.
    Dane KantnerJune 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the automated ordering kiosk just outside their door...
  • sam g.
    sam geeMay 5, 2010
    Best place to eat Food. Their food was extremely fresh and very tasty.
  • Brandon W.
    Brandon WApril 9, 2010
    Free bao with checkin!
  • angela w.
    angela whitbyApril 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm addicted to the Bao. Everything here is good.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I love the spicy peanut noodles. And of course the bao are great. Kung pao chicken is my favorite.
  • keidra c.
    keidra chaneyFebruary 23, 2010
    The Mongolian beef bao is the business.
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KornFebruary 13, 2010
    Thank you for the FourSquare deal of a free bao!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren McCabeJanuary 21, 2010
    Get there early, especially if you want a seat. If not, then order in the convenient kiosks outside. Even the line is a bit overwhelming
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    A must on every visit to any location is the green tea ginger ale. And if you can't decide on what kind of bao to order, go with the spicy Mongolian beef. You won't be sorry.
  • Kurt V.
    Kurt VanderahJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    You have to try the pomegranate ginger ale. It's different than anything you've tried. Don't let that frighten you. It's yummy.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SJanuary 4, 2010
    Enjoy the Thai curry chicken rice bowl with noodles. Oh, and if you're from out of town, it's RIGHT at the State/Lake CTA stop.
  • Ann S.
    Ann SDecember 9, 2009
    Even if you're a meatatarian, the edamame bao are really really tasty!
  • BaoMouth
    BaoMouthDecember 4, 2009
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  • BaoMouth
    BaoMouthNovember 30, 2009
    Wow Bao State & Lake sells Banana Bao (but only for a short time) - sweet banana custard = yum yum!
  • James B.
    James BirdJune 27, 2009
    try the Mongolian beef. awesome
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinnDecember 27, 2014
    Kung Pao bao!
  • Felipe 2.
    Felipe 2May 22, 2013
    muito bom :)
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