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  • Post #271 - September 30th, 2012, 10:51 pm
    Post #271 - September 30th, 2012, 10:51 pm Post #271 - September 30th, 2012, 10:51 pm
    I was near Sheridan and Irving Park this evening and decided to get some take-out from TAC Quick in the post-Andy era. Good restaurants can survive with a chef turnover. And TAC Quick is an excellent restaurant.

    I ordered two specials that I had not had previously (I don't know if they were previously on a rotating list of specials): Brisket with Basil and Prik Khing with Crispy Pork Belly. Both were excellent, as fine as any take-out I have had from TAC, and had I not known that Andy had left I would not have guessed. He must have trained his staff well. The Prik Khing, a red Thai curry, had a lot of good heat and the pork was nicely crispy. The brisket was not as spicy hot, but very moist and flavorful.

    So far, so good, TAC Quick.
    Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn't really about the quality of the bread or how it's sliced or even the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It's all about the butter. -- Adam Gopnik
  • Post #272 - April 3rd, 2013, 9:40 pm
    Post #272 - April 3rd, 2013, 9:40 pm Post #272 - April 3rd, 2013, 9:40 pm
    Dinner Monday night at TAC Quick was pretty good, but in my opinion well below the level I had grown accustomed too. There were a couple of major train wrecks in fact. First, the sticky rice was actually wet and sticky, not at all how it should be served. The idea with sticky rice is to lightly squeeze a ball of it with your fingers and dip it in your sauce/food. But when you tried to pick up this rice with your fingers, it was too moist and just stuck to your hands. The Isaan sausage was also a big disappointment, very much (and surprisingly) lacking in flavor.

    The nam tok preparation was particularly odd, featuring a garden's worth of mint, many spinach leaves and unripe tomatoes. A duck curry dish was decent, but I found the curry to be a little too much on the sweet side. However, I hadn't tried this dish at TAC before so I can't say if it's changed.

    But don't let me leave you with the impression that everything was off. Crispy On Choy was generally on target, if perhaps slightly unbalanced towards sour. Pad Thai in Omelet was also close to its usual self, except that the omelet part itself might have been a tad overcooked (really minor issue though). Kra Phrao Kai Khai Yeow Ma (minced chicken, crispy fried basil, preserved egg) may have been the best of the bunch and pretty much as good as ever.
  • Post #273 - October 3rd, 2013, 8:25 pm
    Post #273 - October 3rd, 2013, 8:25 pm Post #273 - October 3rd, 2013, 8:25 pm
    No longer a GNR (?) the last few posts were pretty old and not so favorable- thinking about going to satisfy my Thai craving-am I making a mistake?
    What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • Post #274 - October 3rd, 2013, 8:34 pm
    Post #274 - October 3rd, 2013, 8:34 pm Post #274 - October 3rd, 2013, 8:34 pm
    Elfin wrote:No longer a GNR (?) the last few posts were pretty old and not so favorable- thinking about going to satisfy my Thai craving-am I making a mistake?


    TAC Quick is still a GNR.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #275 - October 4th, 2013, 11:41 am
    Post #275 - October 4th, 2013, 11:41 am Post #275 - October 4th, 2013, 11:41 am
    stevez wrote:
    Elfin wrote:No longer a GNR (?) the last few posts were pretty old and not so favorable- thinking about going to satisfy my Thai craving-am I making a mistake?


    TAC Quick is still a GNR.

    TAC Quick will definitely still satisfy your cravings.
  • Post #276 - October 7th, 2013, 12:10 pm
    Post #276 - October 7th, 2013, 12:10 pm Post #276 - October 7th, 2013, 12:10 pm
    Tac Quick did not disappoint. We arrived Friday night about 30 minutes late for our reservation and they had saved our table. Not a big deal as there were plenty of empty tables. I thought it should have been more crowded on a Friday night -7:15-30 and it was never full during our time there-we left around 9:15. The food and service were really, really good. We brought two bottles of wine-a white and red- and a wine cooler was placed on the table right away. We ordered grilled squid, Nam Tok, Penang tofu, basil mussels and a seafood soup-forget the name but similar to Tom Kha but with seafood. All was delicious-the squid had the perfect chew and grilled flavor. The Nam Tok was tender, grilled and the bed of greens and mint was really nice-not the usual iceberg/romaine in lesser quality joints. The basil mussels were prepared well-not gritty and the soy/basil sauce was really nice. The Penang tofu had a lot of crisp peppers, onions and flavorful sauce and we ate every drop of sauce with rice. The soup was OK-it had a little too much greens that were underdone-a feat for soup so it had to be added later to a mother stock. We finished all but the soup. As it was a big B-day fete, I brought a Snickers Pie from Magnolia Bakery and the waitstaff brought extra plates and presented it complete with candle lit (I brought candles just in case). The whole bill including tax and tip was under $60-and everyone vowed to return with others. As the place was never full I wonder how it is doing. We will definately go back as it is an easy on/ easy off Red Line Sheridan stop.
    What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • Post #277 - October 7th, 2013, 3:12 pm
    Post #277 - October 7th, 2013, 3:12 pm Post #277 - October 7th, 2013, 3:12 pm
    Elfin wrote:Tac Quick did not disappoint. We arrived Friday night about 30 minutes late for our reservation and they had saved our table. Not a big deal as there were plenty of empty tables. I thought it should have been more crowded on a Friday night -7:15-30 and it was never full during our time there-we left around 9:15. The food and service were really, really good. We brought two bottles of wine-a white and red- and a wine cooler was placed on the table right away. We ordered grilled squid, Nam Tok, Penang tofu, basil mussels and a seafood soup-forget the name but similar to Tom Kha but with seafood. All was delicious-the squid had the perfect chew and grilled flavor. The Nam Tok was tender, grilled and the bed of greens and mint was really nice-not the usual iceberg/romaine in lesser quality joints. The basil mussels were prepared well-not gritty and the soy/basil sauce was really nice. The Penang tofu had a lot of crisp peppers, onions and flavorful sauce and we ate every drop of sauce with rice. The soup was OK-it had a little too much greens that were underdone-a feat for soup so it had to be added later to a mother stock. We finished all but the soup. As it was a big B-day fete, I brought a Snickers Pie from Magnolia Bakery and the waitstaff brought extra plates and presented it complete with candle lit (I brought candles just in case). The whole bill including tax and tip was under $60-and everyone vowed to return with others. As the place was never full I wonder how it is doing. We will definately go back as it is an easy on/ easy off Red Line Sheridan stop.


    I regularly order delivery from TAC as it typically is 30 minutes between order and buzzer. When I do dine in with friends, it's usually on a weekend night and if not at capacity, they are typically around 75% full by the time we leave. They don't do anything when it comes to promoting themselves, and I have been surprised by the number of people who swear restaurant X is the best Thai in this city and don't know about TAC Quick (or Rainbow Cuisine for that matter). I wish them the best of luck, but they seem to have been at the same pace for a few years now.
  • Post #278 - September 20th, 2016, 4:49 pm
    Post #278 - September 20th, 2016, 4:49 pm Post #278 - September 20th, 2016, 4:49 pm
    TAC Quick is uprooting after more than a decade at Sheridan and Dakin, replacing another longstanding Lakeview eatery. TAC Quick, 3930 N. Sheridan Road, will replace the shuttered Fornello Trattoria at 1011 W. Irving Park Road, in the coming weeks.

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2016092 ... evelopment
    "Sandwiches are wonderful. You don't need a spoon or a plate!"
    Paul Lynde
  • Post #279 - September 22nd, 2016, 1:10 pm
    Post #279 - September 22nd, 2016, 1:10 pm Post #279 - September 22nd, 2016, 1:10 pm
    That's even closer to my house! That almost makes up for losing In-On-Thai...
    "I've always thought pastrami was the most sensuous of the salted cured meats."
  • Post #280 - September 22nd, 2016, 3:58 pm
    Post #280 - September 22nd, 2016, 3:58 pm Post #280 - September 22nd, 2016, 3:58 pm
    They're only moving around the corner - all of 479 feet away, according to Google Maps. :lol:
  • Post #281 - December 12th, 2016, 10:49 am
    Post #281 - December 12th, 2016, 10:49 am Post #281 - December 12th, 2016, 10:49 am
    So I haven't been to TAC Quick in years and there aren't too many recent comments. Is this still good, any reason to go over ATK since the menus overlap considerably?
  • Post #282 - December 12th, 2016, 11:38 am
    Post #282 - December 12th, 2016, 11:38 am Post #282 - December 12th, 2016, 11:38 am
    Everything is still firing on all cylinders.
  • Post #283 - December 12th, 2016, 1:41 pm
    Post #283 - December 12th, 2016, 1:41 pm Post #283 - December 12th, 2016, 1:41 pm
    I occasionally give TAC Quick a visit (haven't been to newest location though) and haven't been nearly as enamored with it as I used to be. It's not that anything is bad, but I have found that execution is somewhat spotty . . . just one person's opinion.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

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  • Post #284 - September 27th, 2017, 8:14 am
    Post #284 - September 27th, 2017, 8:14 am Post #284 - September 27th, 2017, 8:14 am
    A recent TAC lunch, more due to proximity than choosing over Aroy, IMMM or Rainbow, seemed to suggest TAC should have a solid place in my Thai rotation. New space on Irving was airy, comfortable, open to the street with patio seating and a full bar. My lunch companion seemed particularly enamored with his pair of caffeine laden Thai Iced Coffees.

    Service friendly, efficient and informed with laab, pork neck and crispy ong choy as good if not better than remembered from LTH dinners of old. Sticky rice and prik nam pla available for the asking.

    TACLTH1.jpg Crispy Ong Choy, TAC on Irving Park Road

    Tac Quick
    1011 W Irving Park Rd
    Chicago, IL 60613
    773-327-5253
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #285 - October 17th, 2017, 6:58 pm
    Post #285 - October 17th, 2017, 6:58 pm Post #285 - October 17th, 2017, 6:58 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Service friendly, efficient and informed with laab, pork neck and crispy ong choy as good if not better than remembered from LTH dinners of old.

    Third lunch meeting in five weeks at TAC, same lunch companion, same server, same seats. First there, walked in, put my laptop down and went to the restroom. When I came back we had water, extra napkins, prik nam pla and were setup with forks & spoons, what I had asked for in the past. Thai iced coffee for my associate, water for me. 30-minutes of conversation, server all smiles, no rush. I should note it was 11:30am and they were not busy, but still . . .

    Lunch was terrific, highlight Kra Phrao Kai Yeow Ma. Minced chicken, crispy basil and preserved duck egg. My loss missing out on a few years of TAC, they deserve a serious spot in my Thai rotation.

    TAC3.jpg Kra Phrao Kai Yeow Ma. Minced chicken, crispy basil and preserved duck egg.


    TAC Quick, Count me a Fan!
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #286 - November 8th, 2017, 7:34 pm
    Post #286 - November 8th, 2017, 7:34 pm Post #286 - November 8th, 2017, 7:34 pm
    Another lunch meeting at TAC Quick, delicious abundant reasonably priced lunch. As good if not better than ever, food, service, really digging TAC!

    IMG_5629.JPG Thai Fried Chicken
    IMG_5630.JPG Tod Mun

    IMG_5628.JPG Thai Iced Coffee


    TAC Quick, Count me a Fan!
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow

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