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Restaurants, Pan-Asian West Loop
Photograph: Martha Williams BQ2GO

To overcome (a) its far, far West Loop location and (b) the buzz surrounding bellyQ, with which it shares space, BQ2GO would have had to be amazing—like, XOCO-level amazing. It’s not. But it’s still doing some impressive stuff and, best of all, using ingredients you can tell are of good quality, from the bright salmon and juicy halved cherry tomatoes to the thinly sliced roast beef that’s tucked into a rice-paper wrap to a recent special of the three plump shrimp on a bed of spicy, gingery vermicelli noodles. With the exception of specials like the shrimp, whatever you order here will come with an inordinate amount of lettuce and, in the case of the gummy rice-paper wrap, bear a little too much similarity to health food. It’s the kind of stuff your body thanks you for eating, but for chef Bill Kim, this might be a thankless venture.


Venue name: BQ2GO
Address: 1400 W Randolph St
Cross street: at Loomis St
Opening hours: 11am–9pm
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Ashland. Bus: 9.
Price: Average main course: $9
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