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Issan food at Thai Avenue, Broadway & Argyle

zim | Dec 2, 2003 10:07 AM

hey folks,

my apologies if this info has already been noted, but I haven't been keeping up with the board as much recently

Last night I ate at the newish (8 mos old) Thai avenue on the east side of broadway just south of argyle.

For some reason in the past I hadn't been all that excited about trying the place, maybe because the menu has obvious non-thai things like crab rangoon, lumpia, or tempura on the menu, but yesterday after doing some grocery shopping at tai nam and with a couple of veggies we wanted the more tofu friendly thai than vietnamese food.

anyway a little closer inspection of the menu, especially the "Avenue specialties" section indicated a strong issan presence, specialties like deep fried chicken, bamboo shoot salad, thai sausage etc. where offered. Looking closer at other parts of the menu i noticed a number of dishes well documented at spoon thai such as Kao klug kapi, the fried rice with shrinmp paste dish, among the curies on offer was a sour kaeng som with "crushed" catfish.

A grilled pork from the appetizer menu was perfect, and the little dipping sauce accompanying was clearly fresh made not the sweetish chili sauce for chicken that often accompanies almost all thai dishes in many restuarants, the same for the quite different tamarindy (?) sauce for the chive dumplings (which can be had either fired or steamed). The sausage was sour from the fermented rice and garlicky tasty with it's accompanying raw ginger chunks, peanuts, and chilies. The chicken was simple but well done, crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

By this time I was prettu full so I didn't taste much of the the other dishes on the table a green curry full of thai eggplants, pad prik khing, or the pad see ewe we got for the kids, but the rest of the family was enjoying them quite a bit.

For dessert, we had avenue's version of the taro ball in coconut milk dessert (bua loy), that I've previously only had at spoon thai, while our kids fought over the sticky rice with mango enough that we had to order another order.

On the table in a little plastic holder is a thai menu, in speaking to the proprietress, it turns out that more issan specialties are on this one as well, such as a pork leg yam, also yam pla dook foo ( "exploded catfish" salad) unfortunately she did not have spares of these, or I'd try to get them translated, but I'm excited to go back and try some of the other offerings.

Thai Avenue
4949 N. Broadway
773-878-2222
Mon-Thu 11 - 9:30
Fr-Sat 11 - 10
Sun 11 - 9

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