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Rainbow Thai Cuisine

Restaurants, Thai Lincoln Square
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Jason Little Naem Khao Tod at Rainbow Cuisine

This Lincoln Square spot serves up traditional Thai food, including Kao Kluk Ka Pi, fried rice with shrimp paste, pork, egg and apple. Choose from a wide variety of soups, salads, noodles and rice dishes, and wash it all down with a fresh fruit smoothie or bubble tea.


Venue name: Rainbow Thai Cuisine
Address: 4825 N Western Ave
Cross street: between Lawrence Ave and Ainslie St
Opening hours: Lunch (Mon–Sat), Dinner
Transport: El stop: Brown to Western. Bus: 11, 49, 49B, 81.
Price: Average entree: $8
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Three words: Nam. Kao. Tod. It came highly recommended and it surely did not disappoint. Nam Kao Tod is Thailand's response to crispy spicy tuna except there is way more flavor, the portion is bigger, and there's more diversity when it comes to texture. Luckily I'm within delivery distance and I foresee many grubhubby nights. I also ordered pad kee mao, bammee moo daeng and spring rolls. While decent, they paled in comparison with nam kao tod.


Yes, you’ll find some tired-and-true Thai dishes at Rainbow in Lincoln Square, but you’ll be missing out if you don’t get a little bit adventurous and order something outside of your comfort zone. A great place to start is the Naem Khao Tod, a crispy fried rice salad with salty chunks of pork mixed in. Once you finish that, you’ll probably be emboldened to try some of the other traditional Thai delicacies on the menu, including fish balls in green curry sauce and mango chicken.