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Namo

Photograph: Max Herman
Namo
North Center

The goal here is to serve slightly elevated Thai food at affordable prices, in an atmosphere that feels more high-end than typical. Namo mostly succeeds, with cloth napkins, an elegant dining room and attentive service. Fresh mushrooms and giant New Zealand mussels bathe in a spicy, fragrant coconut-curry broth in the tom kha soup, and the “sea bags” appetizer (glass noodles, scallops and shrimp held together in a fried purse) offers a nice crunchy-chewy contrast. But avoid the soft-shell crab curry, in which just one crab lies prone atop an undersauced bed of boring rice and green and red peppers.

Venue name: Namo
Address: 3900 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Byron St and Larchmont Ave
Venue phone: 773-327-8818
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Brown to Irving Park. Bus: 11, 50, 80.
Price: Average main course: $10
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