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  • Post #301 - March 31st, 2022, 7:37 pm
    Post #301 - March 31st, 2022, 7:37 pm Post #301 - March 31st, 2022, 7:37 pm
    I'll post a dinner next wk on events.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #302 - March 31st, 2022, 8:06 pm
    Post #302 - March 31st, 2022, 8:06 pm Post #302 - March 31st, 2022, 8:06 pm
    Jazzfood wrote:I'll post a dinner next wk on events.

    That is a kind thing to do.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #303 - April 1st, 2022, 1:35 pm
    Post #303 - April 1st, 2022, 1:35 pm Post #303 - April 1st, 2022, 1:35 pm
    Smassey wrote: Given that I live two blocks west and this is the third tenant in this space since we moved in 2007, I was thrilled to read the LTH raves for Rainbow. I work in Lakeview and take the Brown Line, so I placed an order via Grub Hub at 5:25, and requested, under comments, a 6:30 pickup time. At 5:43, I received a text that my order was ready. On arrival, at 6:30, I was asked by the gentleman (perhaps the owner, I regret I didn't ask) at the window how I learned of Rainbow. I sheepishly said, "The website", assuming he knew which one, then added to be sure, "LTH Forum". He responded, "I thought so because you ordered the Issan sausage."

    He informed me of a service charge from Grub Hub to restaurants for pickup orders, in this case $7.50. When I placed on my order, the screen showed I would have been charged $7.50 for delivery, but it appeared to be waived for pickup. I had no idea that this charge was passed on to the restaurants, so it looks like this was my last ever Grub Hub order. When paying for my meal I tipped him extra, to offset this fee, and he was extremely reluctant to accept it, trying very hard to return the money. Clearly his intent was just to educate me about GH for future circumstances, so consider it a lesson learned. I also received a carryout menu, and it indicates online ordering is available at http://www.rainbowcuisine.us, as mentioned by geli.
    Look at the date on this post! 17 May 2013. This is likely the first time GrubHub's exorbitant fee scheme was mentioned on LTHF. :evil:
    wineaux wrote: [edit] We also never use 3rd party delivery services... we're adamant about all the proceeds going to the restaurants and their hard-working staffs instead of a delivery service that has no vested interest or loyalty to the restaurants.
    I will concentrate if an event here is posted on LTHF. :)
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  • Post #304 - April 7th, 2022, 11:19 pm
    Post #304 - April 7th, 2022, 11:19 pm Post #304 - April 7th, 2022, 11:19 pm
    Per Jazzfood's excellent suggestion, 9 of us met up at Rainbow Thai for an excellent dinner on Thursday. It had been quite a while since I went anywhere and enjoyed ordering power, so this really felt like the old days in the best possible way. We ordered pairs of each dish, which seemed like the perfect amount of food for the 9 of us. Mostly some of the greatest hits, with a few personal favorites mixed in . . .

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    Chive Dumplings

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    Issan Sausage

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    Nam Khao Tod

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    Somtum with Dried Shrimp

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    Hor Mok

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    Thai Fried Chicken

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    Crispy Pad See Ewe

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    Duck Curry

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    Chinese Broccoli & Crispy Pork Belly

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    Sweet Glutenous Rice
    These were generously comped by the house. Steamed in banana leaves, I think it was tea-infused and those may have been adzuki beans but I'm really not sure.

    It was a great meal and I really appreciate Alan putting it together for us. I live pretty far from Rainbow, so while they were only doing carry-out, it didn't make much sense for me to order to go. But now that they're once again open for dining in, it was great to be back. Pramote made it pretty clear that they're struggling right now and hurting for business, so if you appreciate Rainbow, best to get in there asap and give them a boost. :)

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #305 - April 8th, 2022, 7:50 am
    Post #305 - April 8th, 2022, 7:50 am Post #305 - April 8th, 2022, 7:50 am
    The beans don't look red enough to be adzuki, but I could be wrong.

    Really sorry I had to miss this -- I had a meeting with folks overseas, but the LTH crew certainly knew the right stuff to order. I hope there were multiple platters of the Nam Khao Tod -- there's never enough of that.


    (on top of the LTH event, The English Beat were playing at the Des Plaines Theater, which I'd have liked to see too... but Rainbow would have come first on my list)
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #306 - April 8th, 2022, 12:29 pm
    Post #306 - April 8th, 2022, 12:29 pm Post #306 - April 8th, 2022, 12:29 pm
    Hi,

    What was the cost per person for this dinner?

    I like these type of dinner to try a range of food not possible with a smaller group.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #307 - April 8th, 2022, 12:38 pm
    Post #307 - April 8th, 2022, 12:38 pm Post #307 - April 8th, 2022, 12:38 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:What was the cost per person for this dinner?

    $40 per person, which included a supersized tip.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #308 - April 8th, 2022, 12:40 pm
    Post #308 - April 8th, 2022, 12:40 pm Post #308 - April 8th, 2022, 12:40 pm
    Thanks!

    This is a good value. I bought some Issan sausage and eggrolls for take out, which was something like $25 including generous tip.

    If I could only be in two places at once.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #309 - April 11th, 2022, 3:09 pm
    Post #309 - April 11th, 2022, 3:09 pm Post #309 - April 11th, 2022, 3:09 pm
    It was a lovely evening and you were missed, Cathy!

    The catfish custard was my personal revelation... I would have never ordered it on my own, but I'm so glad I tried it.

    Thank you for making this happen, Jazz. I hope to do more events like this... not only for the new food, but for the truly delightful company (and I wouldn't say no to more of Tom's mead, either).
    “Assuredly it is a great accomplishment to be a novelist, but it is no mediocre glory to be a cook.” -- Alexandre Dumas

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  • Post #310 - April 12th, 2022, 10:30 am
    Post #310 - April 12th, 2022, 10:30 am Post #310 - April 12th, 2022, 10:30 am
    I'm up that way for a concert at Old Town School of Folk Music next week and thinking of a dinner run. Are they still BYOB? The internet suggests yes but I'd hate to end up all they way there with a bottle - I'm scarred as it's happened before elsewhere.
  • Post #311 - April 12th, 2022, 10:31 am
    Post #311 - April 12th, 2022, 10:31 am Post #311 - April 12th, 2022, 10:31 am
    They are BYOB
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #312 - April 12th, 2022, 12:14 pm
    Post #312 - April 12th, 2022, 12:14 pm Post #312 - April 12th, 2022, 12:14 pm
    We dined there on Saturday night with our daughter who lives closeby and they are indeed still BYOB! It felt great to be back dining in instead of carryout & everything we ordered was perfectly scrumptious! We ordered fresh spring rolls w/peanut sauce, chive dumplings, thai jerky w/spicy green beans, somtum, Isaan sausage, chinese broccoli w/crispy pork belly, nam khao tod and crispy pad see ewe. Yes, a tad bit heavy on the food ordering for 3 people but we were planning on leftovers;)!

    We went around 8:00 and were the only ones in there, but it sounds like word hasn't spread that they're open yet, so hopefully things will start picking up for them.
  • Post #313 - April 12th, 2022, 12:17 pm
    Post #313 - April 12th, 2022, 12:17 pm Post #313 - April 12th, 2022, 12:17 pm
    We were the only ones there as well. They've been on fumes for a couple yrs so if you'd like them to survive now is the time to go. Bring friends.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #314 - April 22nd, 2022, 10:56 am
    Post #314 - April 22nd, 2022, 10:56 am Post #314 - April 22nd, 2022, 10:56 am
    Had a great meal at Rainbow last night. The crispy rice was the absolute highlight.

    Question for those who know the business better: if you google Rainbow Thai, two separate websites come up for orders, rainbowthaichicago.com and orderrainbowthaicuisine.com. One is powered by something called eatstreet and the other by menustar. Is this normal / legit? I've heard of scams where people try to impersonate a legit restaurant to siphon off business and I would hate to think that was happening to these guys.
  • Post #315 - April 22nd, 2022, 11:15 am
    Post #315 - April 22nd, 2022, 11:15 am Post #315 - April 22nd, 2022, 11:15 am
    Call them direct, otherwise they have to give a cut to whomever they're using to deliver.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #316 - April 22nd, 2022, 12:37 pm
    Post #316 - April 22nd, 2022, 12:37 pm Post #316 - April 22nd, 2022, 12:37 pm
    Jazzfood wrote:Call them direct, otherwise they have to give a cut to whomever they're using to deliver.


    I’d add to this that there are some items that they don’t even put on the online menus—if you call, they’ll usually make them and you can specify if you want a certain spice level. The online orders are much more likely to be a lower heat level if that matters to you.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #317 - April 22nd, 2022, 7:42 pm
    Post #317 - April 22nd, 2022, 7:42 pm Post #317 - April 22nd, 2022, 7:42 pm
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    Jazzfood wrote:Call them direct, otherwise they have to give a cut to whomever they're using to deliver.


    I’d add to this that there are some items that they don’t even put on the online menus—if you call, they’ll usually make them and you can specify if you want a certain spice level. The online orders are much more likely to be a lower heat level if that matters to you.


    Ditto on the above 2 comments... always order direct when possible. Not only does the restaurant not have to take a cut and the customer gets more options, but it's also an opportunity to get to know a/o keep in contact with the wonderful, hard-working & talented entrepreneurs & sometimes chefs of the establishments. I truly believe they need our moral support just as much as we need their support & products! Society is losing so much personal connections due to automation. End of vent;)!
  • Post #318 - April 25th, 2022, 10:41 am
    Post #318 - April 25th, 2022, 10:41 am Post #318 - April 25th, 2022, 10:41 am
    Agree with you all on ordering direct and I almost never use any of the services. I guess what is different to me here is that both of these websites claim to be the restaurant's official site, on which I might be more inclined to order. I am a bit skeptical that either is, but could be wrong.
  • Post #319 - April 28th, 2022, 10:04 pm
    Post #319 - April 28th, 2022, 10:04 pm Post #319 - April 28th, 2022, 10:04 pm
    Tired from running around the last few days w/a cousin in town from SF so we ordered delivery. Besides being as good as always, Mote told me we were the 5th customer of the night. This was @ 8 30. They could sure use some LTH love.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #320 - April 29th, 2022, 5:10 am
    Post #320 - April 29th, 2022, 5:10 am Post #320 - April 29th, 2022, 5:10 am
    Jazzfood wrote:Tired from running around the last few days w/a cousin in town from SF so we ordered delivery. Besides being as good as always, Mote told me we were the 5th customer of the night. This was @ 8 30. They could sure use some LTH love.

    It needs a lot more, because we are not enough to keep it going. They need publicity to get to the broader world.

    They seem to have a facebook page, but it not really populated. That is an inexpensive start to kicking things into gear. You can then link and highlight what they offer.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #321 - May 3rd, 2022, 9:14 am
    Post #321 - May 3rd, 2022, 9:14 am Post #321 - May 3rd, 2022, 9:14 am
    Maybe they can be helped via this link.
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #322 - June 4th, 2022, 5:15 pm
    Post #322 - June 4th, 2022, 5:15 pm Post #322 - June 4th, 2022, 5:15 pm
    Wish I lived closer to go more often, but stopped by yesterday at opening for some carryout, and wow - it's the best I've had from here! Extra thanks to whoever posted the picture of Crispy Pad See Ewe, because I had no idea such a thing existed and it's sooooooo good.

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