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A good restaurant and "launching point" in Old Town

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Pat Flynn

As an Old Town resident, and a lover of take out food, I am going to give up a secret. There is a place right on North Avenue that flies under the radar. The food is solid, the prices are very reasonable, you feel exotic telling people you ate Thai food and it is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) establishment.

This go-to-takeout joint for many Old Towners is Thai Aroma.  I have never had a bad meal there and have shared tons of laughs there, due to the decor, booze (that I bought at Dominick's) and sadly, watching my friends try and communicate with some of the waitresses who have THICK Thai accents.
Let me explain "launching point" headline of this blog.  Thai Aroma is not only the quick-fix for someone who wants a good meal, but doesn't feel like cooking.  It is in a prime location for someone looking to pre-game before hitting the streets of Old Town for some fun. 

Located at 417 W. North Ave, Thai Aroma is about 30 yards from the Sedgewick Brown Line stop. So people coming from other parts of the city don't have to wander to far to find this gem. I would pick up some beer or wine on the way though, and then hit the many bars that are within a few blocks of the restaurant.  

The menu is typical of any traditional Thai restaurant.  I usually get one of two things. The peppered steak or Aroma fried rice.  The Aroma fried rice is a little more expensive with the $10 price tag on it.  But it comes with Stir-fried rice and egg with beef, shrimp, chicken, onion, tomato, broccoli, peapods, basil and chili paste.  This stuff is ridiculously good,

Can't go wrong with pad thai either for $7.  They give a good amount of food and they don't try and rush you out the door.  So pick up a few bottles or twelvees and kick it at Thai Aroma, then hit Old Town for a solid night (usually for more booze). I do it. It's fun.

But you have to check out the decor of this place. It looks like a cardboard box. It is awesome, and not in a good way.  It is awesome in an "I am laughing at them, not with them" kind of way. 

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