Summer in Chicago is finally here! And with the coming of warmer weather, the patios of Chicago are open in full force. This week took me to a particularly lovely patio at Noodles in The Pot. Located at 2453 N. Halsted St., this charming Thai restaurant is tucked into the bustling Lincoln Park neighborhood. The patio is covered with hanging flower pots filled with brightly colored flowers and strings of twinkle lights. The atmosphere is perfect for a summer evening dinner. My friends and I are huge Thai food fans, so we started with a number of appetizers: Vegetable Rolls, Crab Rangoons, and Fried Won Tons. I love crab rangoons and these were no exception. The breading was light and fluffy and each rangoon was stuffed with their delicious cream cheese and crab mixture. The vegetable rolls were filled with crunchy fresh vegetables, a sweet piece of pineapple, and served with a creamy peanut sauce. The fried wontons were a unique dish, with a blend of chicken and shrimp, served with sweet and sour sauce. After a set of heavier appetizers, I wanted to try a lighter entrée. I ordered the Larb Salad: chicken mixed with onion, hot pepper, lime juice and surrounded by fresh veggies. The chicken was minced and deliciously spicy, served over a bed of lettuce. With each bite of chicken, I could choose between piles of crunchy cucumber, carrots, and tomatoes. My friends ordered the Pad Khee Mao, stir-fried rice noodles with basil leaves, carrot, green beans, baby corn, tomato, and hot pepper. The noodles were deliciously sticky and the veggies were a perfect complement to the dish.
Noodles in the Pot is open Sundays through Thursdays from 11 am to 9:30 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 10:30 pm. You can also order online, and for a limited time, receive 15% off your entire online order. Noodles in the Pot does both carry-out and delivery orders.
RACHEL HOOVLER & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO