I remember someone a while ago asking about Thai Homemade, and since I live 3 blocks away I decided to fall on the grenade and give it a try. I say fall on the grenade because it's predecessor in that same space, Kaosarn, was lousy. Anyway, I've been 4 or 5 times now and been happy with my meals every time. The new owner is the same woman who owns Siam Noodle and Rice on Sheridan, she was born and raised in Issan and went to school in Bangkok before coming here, so she serves some Issan along with other regional Thai foods and all of the usual Amerithai suspects. To the food- she has two menus at Thai Homemade, the regular menu of pad thai, spring rolls, etc., and the Real Thai Dishes menu (it's not a secret menu, but you do have to ask for it) with laarb, dried beef, thai fried chicken etc. So far I've tried the pork laarb, beef laarb, dried beef, thai sausage (yes, it's issan sausage) and yum squid, starting with the dried beef- beef that has been fried almost to a jerky consistency, tastes like it was rubbed with a dried chili rub of some sort before frying and served with a dish of sriracha for dipping but if you ask she will bring out the real thai dipping sauce which seems to be a delicious mixture on fish sauce, toasted dried chili, lime juice and chili oil and is perfect for the beef. The sausage is less fermented than the Spoon version, which I admit is more to my liking, and serverd with the usual ginger/chili/peanut combo, along with lettuce leaves to wrap it all in. The laarb was wonderful, all of the sour/hot/salty flavor coming through, although I did make the mistake of asking for "thai hot" and got a dish that nearly took the top of my head off! Her yum squid is different from any I've had, and I love it. She puts the usual lime/fish sauce dressing on it, but unlike yum I've had elswhere, it also has some shredded ginger and granny smith apple shredded in it as well, the apple giving it a really nice sour/sweet addition. I had a nice long conversation with the owner today at lunch, she said that I absolutely had to try the thai fried chicken next time, and with some advance notice she will arrange to cook pretty much any thai dish I can come up with, Cathy2 I asked about pomfret, she says that they always have it, so we have another place to argue over who gets the crispy fins!
6950 N. Western Ave/