One taste of Thai 202’s rich, spicy green curry and you’ll be hooked. This tiny fast-casual restaurant serves classic Thai dishes, all superfresh, inexpensive and quickly made to order. That delicious green curry has a hint of sweetness and layers of flavor from fish sauce, basil and coconut milk. If you’re looking for something lighter, the Thai slaw mixes a tangy lime dressing with raw shredded cabbage, poached chicken, carrot, tomato and peanuts.
Naturally, pad Thai makes an appearance on the menu, but venture out of your comfort zone and try the pad basil, a spicy stir-fried dish with straw mushrooms, bell pepper and onion, all topped with a fried egg. Soups include tangy tom yum, rich tom kha and a curry noodle soup with egg noodles and sprouts. Traditional steamed buns are stuffed with sweet barbecued pork, and one of our menu faves was on the appetizer list: fried sweet potatoes. Dipped in a sesame seed batter and fried until hot and crispy, this street-food snack will keep you coming back.
Thai 202, 235 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.2002