Monday, October 21, 2013

Andy's Thai Kitchen

Location: 946 W Wellington
Cost: About $20 per person

I've written many times about my issues with Thai food in Chicago. It mostly boils down to the acceptance of mediocrity. Everyone comes to tell me that they have the best place, but it's usually just average. My favorites thus far have been Pho's Hot and Spicy and Sticky Rice. Now Jenny's favorite food is pad see ew. She eats it way too much, but who am I to judge. So the other night we went out with her friends Lindsay and Brian to one of their favorite spots, Andy's Thai Kitchen.

Logistics
ATK is right under the Wellington brown line stop. Accordingly, the occasional loud blur rings in from overhead. The restaurant is pretty small, but we didn't have to wait all that long for a table. It's BYOB without a corkage fee and the menu is very reasonably priced (entrees around $9).

The Food
We got the ball rolling with the Pan Fried Vegetable Gyoza. The sear on the wonton was even and the tangy brown sauce had a little kick. From there, both Jenny and Lindsay went with the Chicken Pad See Ew, Brian got the Green Curry Omelet, and I got the Panang Curry with Beef. The pad see ew noodles kept a nice texture without too much oil. The chicken was well seasoned without being overcooked. As far as my panang curry, the sweetness and spiciness of the dish were well balanced. The beef was a bit too chewy, but the peppers and tomatoes were properly cooked. The dish was simple and layered.

 The Vegetable Gyoza

 The Chicken Pad See Ew

 The Panang Curry with Beef

The Green Curry Omelet

Overall
There are lots of reasons to like ATK. The menu plays well to the americanized and the authentic. Plus, I'll give them points over Sticky Rice for not assuming that the gringo wanted to order the Pad Thai. The curry had depth, and everyone else was happy with their dishes. I'm giving them 4 out of 5 Pearls.

Andy's Thai Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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