Andy’s Thai Kitchen: A Haven of Flavors to Cope with the Winter

Neighborhood: Lakeview

Vegetarian Options Rating: ★★★★

Pescatarian Options Rating: ★★★★★

Affordability: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

 Food Quality: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

I came here with a group of friends on a Wednesday night and had high expectations.  My high expectations were fulfilled!  I love Thai food and can’t get enough of it.  Unfortunately, there really isn’t great Thai food in the Wicker Park/Logan Square area so I am willing to travel far for it, but we really need some better options around here.

We had to wait a bit for our table but they were very nice about it and gave us a complimentary order of veggie spring rolls which were presented very beautifully.  It’s a smaller place but has a nice decor/ambience.   They did have a lot of non-traditional food on their menu which made it feel more commercial and less authentic. But what I ate from their more traditional Thai menu, I adored.

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Tom Yum Soup

I love Tom Yum soup and this one was absolutely perfect!  The broth was heavenly and spicy.  There was a healthy serving of fresh vegetables in there like the broccoli and lemongrass.  Absolutely, mouthwateringly delicious!

Pad See Ew is a favorite of mine at Thai restaurants so we got an order of it and it was also scrumptious.  The wide noodle was prepared well with a generous serving of the firm tofu and stir fried broccoli.  It was also spicy, which made it even tastier.  I liked that this was moist because sometimes you can get Pad See Ew and it’s dry.  This had a perfect subtle sauce, which is what it’s supposed to have.

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Pad See Ew with Tofu

Now, ATK also knows how to make an amazing curry.  Being a fan of red curry, we got the Pad Ped Curry with tofu.  The flavors were so complex and spicy.  I absolutely loved it.  It had the perfect balance of spice and flavor to it along with actual, real vegetables like eggplant, jalapeño, basil, and pepper.  I am so tired of going to restaurants that have no vegetables in their curry!  These were fresh, delicious vegetables that complimented the red curry flavor so well.  My friend had the Pad Ped Catfish and I was lucky enough to get a taste of it!  The catfish was breaded to perfection so they know how to make tofu and catfish.

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Pad Ped Curry with Tofu

The portions were very generous especially for the reasonable prices (about $11 per entree).  I appreciate the fact that you can find unique dishes here that you can’t find at other Thai restaurants.

I cannot wait to come back here, just wish I didn’t have to go to Wrigleyville because it’s gross.  Though the BYOB at this restaurant can help one deal with the drunk bros around there (that you don’t see at ATK fortunately).

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