'TAC Quick – The Secret Menu and a Hidden Gem under the “L”' by Chef Shane Zimmerman
Who would have a thought, some of the best Thai food I’ve ever had was found beneath a Red Line stop? TAQ Quick, a much-featured restaurant in many forums and blogs about the Chicago dining scene, is a definite diamond in the rough that serves some amazingly authentic Thai food. Known for its not-so-“Secret” Menu, the servers are more than happy to guide you through it, if you’re adventurous enough to try it. The regular menu has the standards including pad see ew, pad thai, and tom yum, but the abbreviated yellow menu is truly where the good stuff is. With the aid of our server, I ordered exclusively off this menu and was not let down. I started off with the Thai beef jerky or Neua Dad Deaw, which was served with a spicy sauce that was absolutely amazing. We then moved on to the Issan-style fermented pork and rice sausage, which our server warned us about, as it had a sour taste to it that not very many people enjoy. For me, it was one of the best dishes of the night, very similar to a New Orleans boudin crossed with an Italian fermented sausage like salami. Our main dishes were a Karee curry with shrimp and squid (Pad Pong Kari Talay) and the famous Boat Noodles (Kuay Teaw Reua), which included thin rice noodles, fried pork skin, beef meatballs, braised beef brisket, and Chinese broccoli in a spicy, pungent, unctuous broth. It was all simply amazing; the only problem was I wanted to try almost everything on the menu but couldn’t even come close to finishing what I had ordered already. Another added bonus, everything was inexpensive and the portions are very nice. I could have easily been stuffed ordering just two dishes, and with no alcohol tacked onto my bill, it was even more of a savings. So the next time you’re on the on the Red Line get off at the Sheridan stop and try the secret menu at TAC Quick.
TAC Quick Thai Restaurant
3930 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60613-2935
Reservations Accepted; BYOB; $ ($5-$12)
Service Hours: Mon.; Wed. – Sat.- 11:00am – 10:00pm; Sun. 11:00am – 9:30pm; Closed Tues.