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  • Post #91 - November 22nd, 2019, 2:06 pm
    Post #91 - November 22nd, 2019, 2:06 pm Post #91 - November 22nd, 2019, 2:06 pm
    Going tonight, will report back. Thanks G wiv.
  • Post #92 - November 22nd, 2019, 5:24 pm
    Post #92 - November 22nd, 2019, 5:24 pm Post #92 - November 22nd, 2019, 5:24 pm
    botd wrote:Going tonight, will report back. Thanks G wiv.


    Nice, heading over for lunch tomorrow looking forward to feedback from LTH's toughest critic.
  • Post #93 - November 23rd, 2019, 7:41 am
    Post #93 - November 23rd, 2019, 7:41 am Post #93 - November 23rd, 2019, 7:41 am
    In-On Thai, after almost a year and a half absence its wonderful to have them back. Love the new space, love the family, love the food. Congratulations!
    In-On Thai, count me a fan!

    InOnThaiP5.jpg Marinated pork spare ribs

    InOnThaiP2.jpg In-On Thai Spicy Fish

    InOnThaiP8.jpg Tom Kha Kai fish

    InOnThaiP3.jpg Papaya salad

    InOnThaiP6.jpg Cashew Chicken


    In-On Thai
    4-9 Weekdays.
    11-10 Saturday & Sunday
    4641 N Broadway, Chicago
    Closed Wednesday.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #94 - November 23rd, 2019, 8:42 am
    Post #94 - November 23rd, 2019, 8:42 am Post #94 - November 23rd, 2019, 8:42 am
    G Wiv wrote:In-On Thai, after almost a year and a half absence its wonderful to have them back.
    It feels like a 3 and half year absence. Did they ever get up and running in 2018? Nobody posted about a visit, seemed over before it started. Only trying to clarify because it feels so long overdue. Glad they're back. Looks BYOB based on the wine bottle.
  • Post #95 - November 23rd, 2019, 8:46 am
    Post #95 - November 23rd, 2019, 8:46 am Post #95 - November 23rd, 2019, 8:46 am
    bweiny wrote:It feels like a 3 and half year absence. Did they ever get up and running in 2018? Nobody posted about a visit, seemed over before it started. Only trying to clarify because it feels so long overdue. Glad they're back. Looks BYOB based on the wine bottle.

    Oh sh*t, just realized I read the date wrong. I'll not change my post but yes, you are correct, it was longer than a year and a half.
    Last day, according to this thread was 6.21.16 and In-On Thai reopened 11.16.19
    Yes, BYOB.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #96 - November 24th, 2019, 9:50 am
    Post #96 - November 24th, 2019, 9:50 am Post #96 - November 24th, 2019, 9:50 am
    We missed G Wiv, presumably because we arrived immediately after work. We ordered a few of our favorites from the past.

    Green Bean Salad - Delicious, but not quite as good as I remember, but I will chalk that down to nostaliga. Also my memory (and I think the menu) recalls coconut milk, but this was straight sour/sweet fish sauce dressing.

    Spicy Coconut Milk Crispy Fish Soup - I think this is the same dish of which G Wiv posted a picture, but I don't recall tomato in ours. This was a favorite on the winter special menu back in the day and is as good as I remember. It's basically a Tom Yum tempered with a bit of coconut milk to reduce sourness and spiciness.

    Kaeng Na Tofu Curry - We didn't see the chicken and bamboo red curry I adored so much in the past, but this sounded similar. Unfortunately, this was extremely spicy (too much for the wife) and getting past that, kind of one-note. They graciously offered to make it again with less spice, but we declined.

    We liked the new digs better than the old place and commented to the family as such (along with inquiring about the length of the transition to a new location), though I hear the area is supposed to be somewhat sketchy for the north side?

    I can't wait to return as there are still more old favorites to enjoy again and a menu full of interesting sounding dishes to try. In-On Thai always had a number of eclectic items not served elsewhere and I am glad they have preserved that.
  • Post #97 - November 24th, 2019, 12:42 pm
    Post #97 - November 24th, 2019, 12:42 pm Post #97 - November 24th, 2019, 12:42 pm
    botd wrote:Spicy Coconut Milk Crispy Fish Soup - I think this is the same dish of which G Wiv posted a picture, but I don't recall tomato in ours. This was a favorite on the winter special menu back in the day and is as good as I remember. It's basically a Tom Yum tempered with a bit of coconut milk to reduce sourness and spiciness.

    Soup with coconut milk is, as G Wiv noted in his caption, typically referred to as Tom Kha (referencing the customary inclusion of galanga root) rather than Tom Yum, which typically has a clear broth.
  • Post #98 - November 24th, 2019, 3:02 pm
    Post #98 - November 24th, 2019, 3:02 pm Post #98 - November 24th, 2019, 3:02 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:
    botd wrote:Spicy Coconut Milk Crispy Fish Soup - I think this is the same dish of which G Wiv posted a picture, but I don't recall tomato in ours. This was a favorite on the winter special menu back in the day and is as good as I remember. It's basically a Tom Yum tempered with a bit of coconut milk to reduce sourness and spiciness.

    Soup with coconut milk is, as G Wiv noted in his caption, typically referred to as Tom Kha (referencing the customary inclusion of galanga root) rather than Tom Yum, which typically has a clear broth.


    I agree, but the menu item we ordered is literally translated as Tom Yum Kha ... Pla and as I said I was confused by the inclusion of tomato which was absent in our dish. Considering the depth of the menu I was merely hedging my bets that he ordered a similar but slightly different dish.
  • Post #99 - November 24th, 2019, 3:16 pm
    Post #99 - November 24th, 2019, 3:16 pm Post #99 - November 24th, 2019, 3:16 pm
    botd wrote:We liked the new digs better than the old place and commented to the family as such (along with inquiring about the length of the transition to a new location), though I hear the area is supposed to be somewhat sketchy for the north side?

    I love the new space with one small reservation, the tables are a bit small. 4-people, 4-seats, 8-dishes, water, soda, wine, rice, going to be some serious juggling going on. :)

    Far as the neighborhood, sketchy, maybe more than Lincoln Park, but you aren't going to get in a bro-beer bar fight at In-On Thai and its safer than your average suburban Popeye's. Just don't walk out of the restaurant flashing a gold watch and two-inch thick sheaf of hundreds.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #100 - November 24th, 2019, 4:54 pm
    Post #100 - November 24th, 2019, 4:54 pm Post #100 - November 24th, 2019, 4:54 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Far as the neighborhood, sketchy,


    Was very happy to eat the food again, which was as delicious as remembered but the above was more than obvious... @ 2 30 pm on Sunday a vertible supermkt of biz was just outside the window. The Alderman has been notified so hopefully it's temporary.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #101 - November 25th, 2019, 11:02 am
    Post #101 - November 25th, 2019, 11:02 am Post #101 - November 25th, 2019, 11:02 am
    I made it to In-on Thai last Sunday for dinner. I don't remeber exactly what we had, but it included Sunshine beef, In-on Thai spicy fish, Green curry fried rice with shrimp, panang curry with chicken, Shrimp with clear noodles in hot pot, som tum Thai, green bean salad and a few other things that I can't remember. Everything I ate was excellent. Their curries are as good as any in town and they have a remarkable ability to cook shrimp.

    The one small problem that we had was my fault. I didn't remember much about any of the dishes and my brother in law does not eat spicy food. Every dish we had with the exception of the shrimp in clear noodles was really fiery. I should have added a Pad thai or similar, but I got a little carried away with all of the amazing curry options.

    I'm returning tomorrow with a group of six and will remember more details. So glad to have this place back, but I'm a little conflicted about eating here again so soon as I need to get back to Rainbow Thai.
  • Post #102 - November 25th, 2019, 11:18 am
    Post #102 - November 25th, 2019, 11:18 am Post #102 - November 25th, 2019, 11:18 am
    deesher wrote:Every dish we had with the exception of the shrimp in clear noodles was really fiery.

    Just to clarify - Did you specify a level of heat when ordering, or did you leave it up to them?
  • Post #103 - November 25th, 2019, 12:17 pm
    Post #103 - November 25th, 2019, 12:17 pm Post #103 - November 25th, 2019, 12:17 pm
    I left it up to them. I put a habanero or ghost pepper in my breakfast cereal, so I was perfectly happy.
  • Post #104 - November 28th, 2019, 5:20 pm
    Post #104 - November 28th, 2019, 5:20 pm Post #104 - November 28th, 2019, 5:20 pm
    deesher wrote:I left it up to them. I put a habanero or ghost pepper in my breakfast cereal, so I was perfectly happy.


    Considering how ghost peppers are infiltrating all kinds of items, particularly at Trader Joe's, I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up in a cereal soon. Sadly, most of these items are legitimately not very spicy, so I wonder why you would source a ghost pepper for them?
  • Post #105 - November 29th, 2019, 7:56 pm
    Post #105 - November 29th, 2019, 7:56 pm Post #105 - November 29th, 2019, 7:56 pm
    botd wrote:Considering how ghost peppers are infiltrating all kinds of items, particularly at Trader Joe's, I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up in a cereal soon.

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  • Post #106 - December 1st, 2019, 10:01 pm
    Post #106 - December 1st, 2019, 10:01 pm Post #106 - December 1st, 2019, 10:01 pm
    I ate here with my family Tuesday evening to celebrate my sister's birthday and promised my dad that I would post about our meal. We agreed to let him order as well and hit many things that have been mentioned on the board already: marinated pork ribs, In-On spicy fish, green bean salad, green curry fried rice with shrimp, shrimp with clear noodles, panang curry, crispy fish with jungle salad (lime, shallot, green apple & peanuts), a beef stir fry dish, and one more thing (sorry we got full and I didn't take notes, maybe someone can help me here). Highlights for me were: wrapping pickled cabbage around a boneless rib nub, the cold creamy egg on the green bean salad, and crispy jungle fish dish in general (which I have to add was my only contribution to the order for the table). The kitchen also sent out a very cornstarchy shrimp omelet dish served with sriracha as a birthday gift which ended up being one of my favorite dishes of the evening. It was described as "Chinese food" and the loose version of a Thai mussel omelet, if that helps your imagination. Very pleasurable snotlike omelet encasing delicately cooked shrimp which act as kind of the snappy composed version of the cornstarch & egg slurry. The sriracha is the Thai variety, which is to say looser, more acidic, and my preference. It really makes the dish.

    All the food was spicy as mentioned and we definitely leaned very heavily on the fish/shrimp options. Both of these things are strengths for me as I feel that it gives In-On a distinct voice as one of the best restaurants to go for a variety of curry dishes in the city.

    The food is great and the service is openhearted, attentive & kind; I am so happy that they are back in business. I already sent some other friends there and am looking forward to hearing about their order.
  • Post #107 - December 2nd, 2019, 7:19 am
    Post #107 - December 2nd, 2019, 7:19 am Post #107 - December 2nd, 2019, 7:19 am
    em24666 wrote:I ate here with my family Tuesday evening to celebrate my sister's birthday and promised my dad that I would post about our meal. We agreed to let him order as well and hit many things that have been mentioned on the board already: marinated pork ribs, In-On spicy fish, green bean salad, green curry fried rice with shrimp, shrimp with clear noodles, panang curry, crispy fish with jungle salad (lime, shallot, green apple & peanuts), a beef stir fry dish, and one more thing (sorry we got full and I didn't take notes, maybe someone can help me here). Highlights for me were: wrapping pickled cabbage around a boneless rib nub, the cold creamy egg on the green bean salad, and crispy jungle fish dish in general (which I have to add was my only contribution to the order for the table). The kitchen also sent out a very cornstarchy shrimp omelet dish served with sriracha as a birthday gift which ended up being one of my favorite dishes of the evening. It was described as "Chinese food" and the loose version of a Thai mussel omelet, if that helps your imagination. Very pleasurable snotlike omelet encasing delicately cooked shrimp which act as kind of the snappy composed version of the cornstarch & egg slurry. The sriracha is the Thai variety, which is to say looser, more acidic, and my preference. It really makes the dish.

    All the food was spicy as mentioned and we definitely leaned very heavily on the fish/shrimp options. Both of these things are strengths for me as I feel that it gives In-On a distinct voice as one of the best restaurants to go for a variety of curry dishes in the city.

    The food is great and the service is openhearted, attentive & kind; I am so happy that they are back in business. I already sent some other friends there and am looking forward to hearing about their order.


    Ugh, what is taking me so long to get back to In-on!? Your post has me freaking out over here!

    Welcome to the other side em24666! 8)
  • Post #108 - December 2nd, 2019, 11:03 am
    Post #108 - December 2nd, 2019, 11:03 am Post #108 - December 2nd, 2019, 11:03 am
    em24666 wrote:Very pleasurable snotlike
    I can't say I ever expected to see these 3 words put together. I doubt I'll ever see it again.

    Thanks for the write up.
  • Post #109 - December 2nd, 2019, 1:16 pm
    Post #109 - December 2nd, 2019, 1:16 pm Post #109 - December 2nd, 2019, 1:16 pm
    bweiny wrote:
    em24666 wrote:Very pleasurable snotlike
    I can't say I ever expected to see these 3 words put together. I doubt I'll ever see it again.

    Fuchsia Dunlop addresses this directly in her wonderful book "Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China" The perceptional disconnect between textural deliciousness of Asian and Western eaters.

    There is also reference online by FD in an article on Medium.com
    https://medium.com/conversations-with-t ... 3922e8a784

    Try to feel it. Try to feel that slightly slithery, gelatinous quality, that little crispness in the bite. It’s like what I like to think of is edible oxymoron, this softness and crispness. Chinese love these sensory contradictions.


    This is an aspect I find particularly interesting. Plus, I adore Fuchsia Dunlop.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #110 - December 8th, 2019, 5:10 pm
    Post #110 - December 8th, 2019, 5:10 pm Post #110 - December 8th, 2019, 5:10 pm
    If one transposes a number the business called is not likely to answer for a reservation.
    This has been a Public Service Announcement.

    In-On Thai
    4-9 Weekdays.
    11-10 Saturday & Sunday
    4641 N Broadway, Chicago
    Closed Wednesday.
    773-944-0114
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #111 - December 10th, 2019, 11:18 am
    Post #111 - December 10th, 2019, 11:18 am Post #111 - December 10th, 2019, 11:18 am
    Third time at the rebirth of In-On Thai Uptown. Strong out the gate, picking up steam as they get in the groove. Lovely to dine with niece Ashton, Ryan and their charming baby, the bride was all smiles. Folks, friends, LTHers plan a visit to In-On Thai soon. #countmeafan

    InOnP30.jpg Marinated pork spare ribs

    InOnP33.jpg Hot & sour smoky fish flavored soup with crispy fish

    InOnP29.jpg Crispy fish with jungle salad (lime, shallot, green apple and peanuts)

    InOnP24.jpg Baked shrimp with glass noodle, celery with brown sesame sauce served in the baked pot

    InOnP27.jpg Papaya Salad

    InOnP26.jpg Keang-pa, Spicy red curry broth with Thai eggplant, green bean, Thai basil w/pork

    InOnP23.jpg Stir fry bamboo shoot with chicken and spicy curry sauce

    InOnP32.jpg Chicken, tofu, peanut sauce, chips (new dish, comp)
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #112 - December 13th, 2019, 9:18 am
    Post #112 - December 13th, 2019, 9:18 am Post #112 - December 13th, 2019, 9:18 am
    Glad to see everyone enjoying Don's new place.

    Hope to get back up to Chicago soon to try it out, so appreciate everyone's posts. Food is looking great.

    Cheers.

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