Snail Thai Chicago

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Snail Thai – Authentic Thai food

To visitors, Hyde Park is known for its proximity to Museum Campus and the University of Chicago. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this south side neighborhood, though, is the outstanding array of food options – specifically my favorite spot in the area, Snail Thai.

I was introduced to this gem by my sister who was studying at the University of Chicago. After she fell in love with Snail Thai and continued to rave about it, I knew it would be worth the commute from my Lincoln Park confines. After my first visit I bought a Metra card, knowing that I would be making the trip southbound far more frequently.

Offering an array of authentic Thai delicacies mixed with traditional favorites, Snail Thai offers a different dining experience every time. While my order varies with each visit, my meal has always started with one of their delectable soups. My favorite was the wonton soup (USD 5.75), while my sister favored the Potak Hot and Sour Soup (USD 6.50) and the Scholar’s Noodle Soup (USD 5.75). As for our main dishes, we usually split one of the fried rice plates and a seafood entrée –  always eager to try a new dish every time, yet having a hard time deviating away from our favorites (specifically, the Seafood and Vegetables entrée). Either way, every dish I have tried has exceeded my expectations, thereby ensuring that I remain a devoted regular to this Thai gem.

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Details about this spot



East 55th Street 1649, Chicago

Telephone number


Opening Times

Tue - Sun 11:00 - 22:00


Seafood Veg: USD 12.50


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