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  • Post #121 - January 21st, 2020, 6:44 pm
    Post #121 - January 21st, 2020, 6:44 pm Post #121 - January 21st, 2020, 6:44 pm
    cilantro wrote:Also Google Maps should be updated, as it will stubbornly direct you to the old location.

    Nothing new to add to all the raves, but a recent visit found a completely empty restaurant (eventually, one other table was occupied). I don’t know how good this location is but hope they can make it.
    You just mentioned 2 things that occurred on my first (and only, so far) pickup order post-reopening a couple weeks ago. It was a Saturday at 8.40pm when I arrived, and there was nobody inside. I tried to be positive explaining that Google Maps had a problem (I knew where I was going, but they peg the place as its former location, but have the correct 4641 address written for the restaurant), hopefully that could be fixed, don't want it to hurt business. Green curry, fish with jungle salad and spareribs were all decent. Really wish nam pla prik or a similar dipping sauce came with the spareribs though.

    I'll be back, despite the annoying no-easy-way drive.
  • Post #122 - January 22nd, 2020, 10:22 am
    Post #122 - January 22nd, 2020, 10:22 am Post #122 - January 22nd, 2020, 10:22 am
    I just submitted a Google Maps request to update the pin location to the 4641 N Broadway area instead of the old location in Lakeview.
  • Post #123 - January 22nd, 2020, 12:14 pm
    Post #123 - January 22nd, 2020, 12:14 pm Post #123 - January 22nd, 2020, 12:14 pm
    bweiny wrote:Green curry, fish with jungle salad and spareribs were all decent.

    Interesting... I'd describe the fish with salad as "amazingly good", but it sounds like your experience was less than thrilling.

    lodasi wrote:I just submitted a Google Maps request to update the pin location to the 4641 N Broadway area instead of the old location in Lakeview.


    Thanks! I did, too -- hope it works.
  • Post #124 - January 22nd, 2020, 12:51 pm
    Post #124 - January 22nd, 2020, 12:51 pm Post #124 - January 22nd, 2020, 12:51 pm
    I also loved the jungle curry. I've been thinking about how to recreate at home. I think there are pieces of calamansi in there amongst many other aromatics.
  • Post #125 - January 22nd, 2020, 1:51 pm
    Post #125 - January 22nd, 2020, 1:51 pm Post #125 - January 22nd, 2020, 1:51 pm
    cilantro wrote:Interesting... I'd describe the fish with salad as "amazingly good", but it sounds like your experience was less than thrilling.
    I don't want to sell In-On short. The fish with jungle salad was the best of the three dishes, no doubt. The weak points were how thin the pieces of fish were, despite being understandable as a means to a crispy texture, and the lack of heat to accompany the sweetness. The heavy lean on green apple was an innovative touch, just wish they put some (more?) thai chilies in there. Also, to clarify, I don't know why it's called jungle salad, but there doesn't seem to be any link to the flavors of the coconut milk free jungle curry (kaeng pa), which I ironically have my eye on for my next order.
  • Post #126 - January 22nd, 2020, 2:35 pm
    Post #126 - January 22nd, 2020, 2:35 pm Post #126 - January 22nd, 2020, 2:35 pm
    bweiny wrote:The weak points were how thin the pieces of fish were, despite being understandable as a means to a crispy texture, and the lack of heat to accompany the sweetness. The heavy lean on green apple was an innovative touch, just wish they put some (more?) thai chilies in there.

    I love In-on Thai's jungle salad, the thin crisp texture is a plus in my book. Far as heat, I'm guessing you are but a polite request away to amp up the Thai chili factor in the dish.

    bweiny wrote: Really wish nam pla prik or a similar dipping sauce came with the spareribs though..

    I often request prik nam pla at Thai restaurants, including In-on Thai.

    bweiny wrote: Also, to clarify, I don't know why it's called jungle salad,

    Far as the name, Jungle Salad, no idea but if you asked I bet they would tell you. Or at least make up a good story on the spot. :)
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  • Post #127 - January 22nd, 2020, 4:23 pm
    Post #127 - January 22nd, 2020, 4:23 pm Post #127 - January 22nd, 2020, 4:23 pm
    I received an email from Google Maps that my pin location update has been published, so hopefully that will clear up any GPS issues.
  • Post #128 - February 1st, 2020, 11:11 am
    Post #128 - February 1st, 2020, 11:11 am Post #128 - February 1st, 2020, 11:11 am
    In-On Thai Uptown with a group, abundance of wonderfulness, off/new menu item stood out, punchy flavorful moist Sai Oua. Fifth time at the new iteration of In-On, started strong and picking up speed.
    InOnBradP2.jpg In-On Thai, Sai Oua

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  • Post #129 - February 1st, 2020, 12:26 pm
    Post #129 - February 1st, 2020, 12:26 pm Post #129 - February 1st, 2020, 12:26 pm
    lodasi wrote:I received an email from Google Maps that my pin location update has been published, so hopefully that will clear up any GPS issues.
    Still hasn't been changed according to my Google Maps. It really bothers me how powerful they are relative to these small businesses, and the little guy may suffer from Goliath's own incompetence.
  • Post #130 - February 4th, 2020, 8:30 am
    Post #130 - February 4th, 2020, 8:30 am Post #130 - February 4th, 2020, 8:30 am
    em24666 wrote: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.

    A delicious dish perfectly described as "snotlike"
    InOnThaiP67.jpg Viscous shrimp omelet.

    Another wonderful In-On meal last evening, they continue to knock it out of the park. I'm obsessed.

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  • Post #131 - February 5th, 2020, 5:40 pm
    Post #131 - February 5th, 2020, 5:40 pm Post #131 - February 5th, 2020, 5:40 pm
    First visit last night and I loved it. Was solo, so only tried two dishes, chicken larb and the Thai green curry fried rice with tofu. Love eggplants, including the small Thai green ones.

    Didn't ask me about the heat, and it was great, but close to my comfort limit. I know that would be over many people's limit, so if you can't handle the heat, you may want to ask to tone it back a bit.

    It was very quiet, but I was kind of early wanting to get to Tuesday Funk at The Hopleaf ~ 7.

    Very friendly service. I made sure to name drop LTH and the owner told me "you should have come last night with Chef Gary and Doug!" I told him Gary must have lost my contact info :lol: .

    Can't wait to return and try more dishes. Thanks to the board, a great find.
  • Post #132 - February 5th, 2020, 7:06 pm
    Post #132 - February 5th, 2020, 7:06 pm Post #132 - February 5th, 2020, 7:06 pm
    Al Ehrhardt wrote: I told him Gary must have lost my contact info :lol:

    Al, I don't think I have your contact info.

    I wanted to mention one additional In-On Thai dish, Mee Krob, which I almost never order as I find it overly sweet. In-On's version is fantastic, lightly sweet, crispy, sticky, point/counterpoint balance of flavor. Don mentioned they simmer tamarind, palm sugar and a couple of other ingredients for 8-10 hours for mee krob. I've had In-On's mee krob twice in the last week, first at the suggestion of BR, and a great suggestion it was.

    Edit to add, I just noticed slivers of lime peel in the mee krob, In-On really knows how to amp up flavor.

    InOnP21.jpg In-On Thai Mee Krob


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  • Post #133 - March 9th, 2020, 8:16 pm
    Post #133 - March 9th, 2020, 8:16 pm Post #133 - March 9th, 2020, 8:16 pm
    Another lonely, delicious meal at In-on Thai. Tried the green bean salad recommended upthread and it was excellent, though I will specify spicy next time. Unlike some of the above posters, on my visits the default heat level seems to be "not" and I keep forgetting to ask.

    The restaurant was once again deserted. The location isn't doing them any favors....
  • Post #134 - March 24th, 2020, 7:22 pm
    Post #134 - March 24th, 2020, 7:22 pm Post #134 - March 24th, 2020, 7:22 pm
    Coronavirus Entryway In-On Thai smaller.jpg

    In-on Thai is open for carryout. They've got an easy set up for picking up food and the food is as great as ever. I do think they've changed the default to less spicy which, given the previous go-to heat level and the average American palate, is probably a smart business decision even if it means I have to remember to request mine spicy. I can think of no restaurant that needs our collective support than these guys. Such nice people and such good food.
  • Post #135 - June 21st, 2020, 8:11 pm
    Post #135 - June 21st, 2020, 8:11 pm Post #135 - June 21st, 2020, 8:11 pm
    In-On Thai pickup tonight, its amazing how much I've missed their food. Ordered way too much Green Chicken Curry with Thai eggplant the highlight. Intense aroma, herby complex curry, simply incredible. Don and Inon radiated good cheer and their social distancing pickup game is strong.

    Don mentioned, though I'm not going to say who, that a frequent customer and LTHer has made multiple large orders to be delivered to a local hospital. I tip my hat to their thoughtful generosity.

    Green Chicken Curry with Thai eggplant
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  • Post #136 - June 25th, 2020, 5:33 am
    Post #136 - June 25th, 2020, 5:33 am Post #136 - June 25th, 2020, 5:33 am
    Don had mentioned In-On had a off-menu request for bamboo with pork, herbs wrapped banana leaf. He thought he would make a larger batch and gauge response with the thought of putting it on the menu. Myself and a few other regulars were offered a friends and family sample.

    Spectacular, complex, slightly funky, herby, our neighbor, with who we shared dinner, used the word crescendo as in it started out mild and deceptively neutral building to a crescendo as one chewed, tasted and released flavors. Sticky rice included, the perfect foil for the flavor filled banana leaf wraps. Banana leaf wraps tasted even better the next day.

    Our neighbor ordered a number of dishes, which we also shared, highlight fried fish with curry/In-On Fish. Don and Inon included mango/sticky rice and a small chunk of fresh durian. I've had durian before but never really fresh. I now understand why durian is called King of fruits.

    Speaking of fruits, a few days ago I picked up prepared mango and sticky rice from Talard Thai Market, was just ok. Packaged with two whole slightly stringy skin-on mangoes, hard as a rock hinting at sweet sticky rice and half ounce of salt bomb sweetened coconut cream. This is in stark contrast to the perfectly prepared/presented mango and sticky rice from In-on. Night and day difference.

    I could go for 500 more words how much I love and appreciate the culinary skill, care and thoughtfulness of Don, Inon and family. Suffice to say, In-On Thai, Count me a Fan!

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