Commuters lucky enough to get off at the Irving Park Brown Line have a tough time passing up top-notch Thai from this convenient BYO storefront.
The menu carries classic Thai cuisine; it's the flavors that set Always Thai apart. You can't go wrong with the fragrant curries, which are always creamy but never too thin. Rich lard nar with crispy broccoli florets is another favorite. If you're the type with a more sensitive palate, don't be afraid to ask for a customized order; the kitchen will often accommodate. Portions are generous at around $8 per entree.
The cleanly decorated dining room seats about 45 at small tables, so if you don't mind the street-level view of Irving Park, dine in and enjoy the quiet atmosphere and attentive service. But if you're in the mood to lounge at home, the friendly staff will have you taken care of in no time so long as you fork over a $2 delivery fee. BYOB with no corkage fee.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Julia Steinberger