The Best Chicago Thai Restaurants That Deliver

January 7, 2021
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Going through your empty fridge trying to figure out what’s for dinner? How does Pad Thai sound? Curry? Can’t forget Mango Sticky Rice, right? Today calls for Thai food. We’ve put together a list of the 8 best Thai restaurants in Chicago so you don’t need to scroll through hundreds of Google pages wondering “where’s the best Thai food near me?” The best part is that they deliver straight to your door. Let’s dig in.. 

JJ Thai Street Food

Voted “Chicago’s Best Thai Street Food” in 2018, JJ Thai Street Food is a favorite local spot for authentic Thai street food. Try their stir-fry noodles, papaya salad, and sweet treats - their dishes are as close to Bangkok street food as you can get without leaving the comfort of your own home. Customers rave about their flavorful and hearty Guay Tiew Moo Thoon: a hot, heaping rice noodle soup with pork roast and balls. This women-owned establishment is not to be missed. 

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To Dine For

Located in West Town, To Dine For prides itself on local ingredients, a vegan-friendly menu, and traditional Thai dishes. If you’re looking for a flavor-packed meal, their curries will not disappoint, and neither will their noodles, fried rice, and stir-fry. Generous portions at affordable prices is the icing on the cake.

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Star of Siam

Known for their inexpensive and generous sized dishes, Star of Siam is a quick service, casual dining spot in River North. The team prides itself on treating customers like family and pours as much love into their delivery dishes as they do in the restaurant. With a menu suitable for various dietary restrictions - vegetarian and vegans especially -  there’s bound to be something on their menu that fits your taste. Not sure what to order? Try their specialties, including Chicken Pad Ped, Kang Keaw Wan, Kang Karee Kai, and Kai Pad Khing.

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Paula’s Thai Kitchen

Your new favorite pickup spot, Paula’s Thai Kitchen, is just a short walk away from DePaul University. The simple BYOB serves classic Northern Thai dishes reminiscent of dishes you can find in Thailand. Diners rave about the generous portion sizes and authenticity of their favorite dishes, which include Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, Panang Curry, and Chicken Satay. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert - their delicious Sticky Rice and Thai Custard shouldn’t be missed. 

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Hom Mali Thai & Sushi

Hom Mali Thai & Sushi takes pride in their dynamic flavors and farm-to-table ingredients. Highlighting their extensive menu are authentically flavored dishes like  Panag Curry, Chor Muang (Purple Dumplings), and Pad Kee Mao. If you like things on the spicier side, you can adjust the spiciness level to your liking in the Chowbus app. 

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Dao Thai Restaurant and Noodle Palace

Not too far from the Magnificent Mile lies Dao Thai Restaurant and Noodle Palace. The restaurant is decorated with traditional Thai decor and platform seating, giving it a relaxed and comforting ambiance. Bring that vibe into your home with warm,  traditional Thai dishes like Massaman Curry, Pad Thai, and Tom Yum Noodle Soup. Is your stomach growling yet or is that just us?

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Immm Rice & Beyond

In Thailand, “Immm” means “I’m full” or “I’m stuffed”, which is a fitting name for our next recommendation: Immm Rice & Beyond. Operating in Uptown since 2015, they specialize in dishes you can find in Thailand street carts and stalls. Customer recommendations include the Boat Noodles, Basil Egg Rolls, and Mango Sticky Rice - all made with love from the family’s original recipes. Looking for traditional Thai flavors? Try the Boat Noodles with a deliciously unique broth that’s thickened with pig’s blood for a perfectly sweet and sour taste. It’s delicious!

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Thai Pastry Restaurant

Thai Pastry Restaurant has been operating for over 18 years and is beloved for its homemade Thai pastries and another authentic cuisine, plus warm service. Menu items accommodate any dietary restrictions, offering options to swap or omit ingredients like eggs, oyster sauce, and meat for a veg-forward meal. Everything is made to order - try their fried wontons, which are fried to crisp perfection, and other specialties like Thai Pepper Steak, Grilled Tuna Green Curry, and Cho Muang (Thai Flower Dumpling). 

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Has the Thai food craving hit you yet?

Whether you’re a loyal Pad Thai fan or like to try a new curry every time, we hope you’re feeling inspired to check out new Thai restaurants in Chicago. All these restaurants, and many more, are all available on Chowbus for pickup or delivery. Don’t wait - your authentic Thai food is right around the corner.