Aroy Thai

Restaurants , Thai Lincoln Square
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Aroy Thai
Photograph: Brendan Lekan
Aroy Thai

Take one step inside this Thai gem hiding under the Brown Line tracks and you’re hit with a full-color poster provided by LTHForum endorsing the authentic eats lurking on the “Classics” menu. You’ll find the sour Isaan-style sausage and sweet beef jerky other real-deal Thai joints traffic in, but take advantage of the less-common items as well: ground pork simmered in curried coconut milk then plopped over a crispy omelette, meatballs floating in sour broth that smacks of star anise and a beautiful mess of bamboo slivers slicked with green chili paste.

Venue name: Aroy Thai
Contact:
Address: 4654 N Damen Ave
Chicago
60625
Cross street: at Leland Ave
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Brown to Damen. Bus: 50, 78, 81.
Price: Average main course: $9
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Heather P.
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This might be a Thai food in the city hidden gem. It's small and very unexpected, but what you get is real and authentic all the way at Aroy. I've been here twice now and both times I've witnessed the place getting packed and tables turning over constantly.

It appears to be a mother/son ownership. From what I can tell, mom is in back doing the cooking and the son is out front of house, mingling with the customers, making recommendations and sharing his knowledge of the food and his background.

I appreciate the menu in it's way of dumbing down the culture and food for someone who doesn't know much about Thai food beyond pad thai and pad see eww. The menu is clever with it's pictures and ratings and actually takes it a step further by stating "if you like this, you'll like that". Brilliant! And the food has not disappointed yet! If you're looking for something beyond the Americanized fare, Aroy has it all!