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Chicago's 4 favorite spots to find inexpensive Thai eats

Chicago's 4 favorite spots to find inexpensive Thai eats
Ben's Noodles and Rice | Photo: Eda X./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 10, 2020.

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Thai fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Thai restaurants around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs.

1. Pho's Spicier Thai Cuisine

photo: alika s./yelp

First up is Roscoe Village's Pho's Spicier Thai Cuisine, situated at 3332 N. Lincoln Ave. (between Roscoe and Paulina streets). With four stars out of 576 reviews on Yelp, the Thai and Asian fusion spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option. Don't miss the green curry and basil fried rice.

2. Siam Noodle and Rice

photo: elaine m./yelp

Buena Park's Siam Noodle and Rice, located at 4142 N. Broadway St. (between Buena Avenue and Gordon Terrace), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the inexpensive Thai spot four stars out of 448 reviews. The menu features papaya salad and larb.

We found this about the business's signature items: "We specialize in making fresh authentic Thai homemade food," it writes on Yelp in the section about specialties. "We cook what we know. Our dishes are like the ones we used to eat in our grandma's kitchen."

3. Ben's Noodles and Rice

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Ben's Noodles and Rice, a Thai spot that offers noodles and more in Edgewater Beach, is another cheap go-to, with four stars out of 376 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1139 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. (between United States Highway 14 and Broadway streets) to see for yourself. On the menu, look for chive dumplings and egg rolls.

Yelper Doug G., who reviewed Ben's Noodles and Rice on Feb. 15, wrote, "Small business-owned restaurant. Nice people, good food and reasonable prices."

4. Chicago Lunchbox

Photo: Albert C./Yelp

Over in the Loop, check out Chicago Lunchbox, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 43 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the Vietnamese and Thai spot, which offers tacos and more, by heading over to 400 S. Financial Place. (between Van Buren Street and Congress Pky). Look for crispy chicken spring rolls on the menu.

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Chicago Lunchbox.

"We started as a food truck back in 2013," the business states in the history section of its Yelp profile.

In terms of signature items, "We specialize in traditional Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Filipino dishes served in nontraditional ways: Sandwiches, tacos, rice boxes, noodle boxes and salads," it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "With a blend of sweet, savory and pickled, our flavors are a treat for the tastebuds."

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