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Restaurants, Thai Irving Park
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsArun's
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsArun's
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsArun's

Time Out says

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In 1985, Arun Sampanthavivat handed Chicago its first real taste of Thai food; in return, the accolades poured in. Today, the dining landscape insists that we hold Arun’s to one of two standards: stacking its $85 prix fixe up against other upscale experiences or comparing the parade of Thai standards to those found at the brigade of solid storefronts in town. In both cases, Arun’s, unfortunately, does not emerge the victor. The flavors here are flat, the proteins overcooked, the food obscured by dated attempts to mask it all with random piles of carved vegetables. Arun’s was no doubt deserving of praise when it opened, but now it's on autopilot, and each night that its kitchen continues this way will further dismantle their once-stellar reputation.



Address: 4156 N Kedzie Ave
Cross street: at Berteau Ave
Transport: Subway stop: Kedzie Subway lines: Brown to Kedzie Bus info: 78 Montrose, 80 Irving Park, 82 Kimball/Homan
Price: Average degustation: $85
Opening hours: Dinner (closed Mon)
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