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Thai Super Chef, Edna's -- The Customer is King, . . . er, Royalty

Paul Mollica | Feb 1, 200410:30 PM

My folks were in town for a long weekend, which gave us license to tour a number of board and family favorites (e.g., Ba Le Bakery, Bruna’s, Al’s, Garrett’s), all of which continue to turn out excellent food and remain on our long list. The only news on these fronts is a bit of new furniture: Ba Le has reorganized its floor to allow some standing room and a couple of tables; Bruna’s seems to have squeezed in another table or two in its dining room, as well.

I write to report on recent back-to-back visits to Thai Super Chef (a recent tip by critical1, [BROKEN LINK REMOVED]) and Edna’s, my first trip to both establishments. (I have little excuse not to have made it to Edna’s earlier, having lived in Chicago nearly a quarter of a century, other than the South-Side provincial excuse of living a stone’s throw from Gladys’s). Both have the distinction of proprietors who treated us like guests in their home kitchens.

At Thai Super Chef, I took crtical1's suggestion of ordering the off-menu guay jaap, and my spouse and I split a kanom buang (which presents more like a dessert – a rich pancake stuffed with cocoanut and shrimp). The hostess paid repeated visits to our a table to inquire about our choices (she wondered if we’d every been to Thailand), and told us a bit about each dish as she served them. I watched as she treated some carry-out customers with the same care.

Thai Super Chef
1025 W. Lawrence
Chicago, IL
(773) 784-6169

At Edna’s, my father and I both had the salmon croquettes (I love fish for breakfast) and a round of biscuits (“we claim the world’s best” – debatable, perhaps, but pride in your work is a good thing). The hostess seemed genuinely charmed by my father and son, the three generations all sharing a birthday breakfast (my dad and I celebrate our birthdays on the same date), and inquired over several refreshed cups of coffee about our day’s plans. For this kind of treatment, I'd gladly troop back from Hyde Park.

Edna's Restaurant
3175 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL
(773) 638-7079

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