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Who has Chicago's best pad Thai?

Joy's Noodles & Rice
"Great food! Great service! Need I say more? Try their pad Thai -- yummy. I love the Phuket noodles with chicken, the spring rolls and mini egg rolls. The value is great and it's a great place to sit and people-watch. Delivery is always prompt, and they never forget anything."
--Kristina O.

Noodles in the Pot
"This place is great! We order from here at least once a week and have never been disappointed. Fast, hot delivery and the price is unbeatable. Our favorites are the pad Thai, pad siew, golden noodles and Panang curry. This is the best Thai place in the area."

Siam Noodle & Rice
"Absolutely fantastic Thai food. Not a bad bite to be had. Besides the impeccable pad Thai, try the beef curry in coconut milk over rice or anything with basil. A refreshing appetizer is the papaya salad, which, if you ask for it, will be made extremely spicy. A little out of the way but well worth the trip."
--Lars L.

Mr. Thai
"My favorite in the city. The pad Thai is the perfect flavor and is moist without being too saturated in sauce. The satays are generous and the peanut sauce is flavorful. And the Thai iced tea and crab rangoon are sinfully good! Ambience is average, but the service is always prompt with a smile."
--Emily H.

Pot Pan
"The best Thai restaurant in Wicker Park/Bucktown. Fast delivery (they always say an hour, but show up in 20 minutes). I'm addicted to the crab rangoon and the pad Thai is reliable."
--Lindsey B.

Penny's Noodle Shop
"Their pad Thai is delicious! Penny's is a fun place to eat, but it gets very crowded on the weeknights. I would not recommend sitting in the bar area, as it's not very comfortable. Wait for a seat."
--T. B.

Siam Cafe
"Siam Cafe is by far the best Thai restaurant I have eaten at in Chicago. My favorite dish here is the pad Thai chicken. It is sweet and spicy and way more flavorful than most you find throughout the city. The staff is very kind and friendly and they tend to your every need."
--Eliana E.

Star of Siam
"For the price and location, this place is unbeatable. I always do a double take when I see the low prices. The food and service are very good. There are other Thai restaurants in Chicagoland with slightly better Thai food, but when I feel like Thai and I'm in the city, I go to Star of Siam."
--T.B., Oak Park

Hi Ricky Asian Noodle Shop and Satay Bar
"I love their pad Thai classic with chicken. I always eat it with a side order of peanut sauce to dip the chicken in. The pork potstickers and egg rolls are also very good. They give you huge portions for takeout."
--Nicole R.

Originally published Nov. 13, 2002.

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