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Address: 1649 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615 (Cross street: S Cornell Ave)
Neighborhood: East Hyde Park / Jackson Park
Specifics: Thai
Phone: 773-667-5423
Cost: $
Website: www.snailthai.com
Credit Cards: VSMC
Closing Time: 10 pm
Restaurants Great Hyde Park Thai.

    
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A Slow Kitschy Romance
Posted by:  Hunter Hicks

Feng Shui buff? Dollar-store Valentines Day decorations alongside a gigantic painted nautical scene alongside some abstract pieces of art alongside traditional carvings make for an adorably kitschy dining experience. Yet miraculously, nothing feels out of place; it's simultaneously as tacky and as comfortable as your grandmother's dining room. The Snail boasts one thing that your grandmother's dining room didn't have (unless of course your grandmother was a Thai restaurant)... orgasmic Thai dishes. If Curries to suit all tastes, adventurous noodle dishes topped with artfully carved carrots, and plates of Pad Thai generous enough to sate an emaciated University of Chicago student bring people to The Snail, it's the versatility of the menu that keeps people coming back. Sick of the same-old, same-old? Try it with shrimp instead (or scallops or beef or chicken or pork or tofu or duck or squid). Have them make it mind-meltingly spicy and then treat yourself to the soothing condensed-milk bliss that is Thai iced-tea. Looking for a real challenge? Order the chive dumplings and try to figure out exactly what's in them (besides unadulterated happiness). No matter what, you're sure to find great food, super friendly staff, and some hearty laughs at The Snail.

Photo:  Hunter Hicks
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