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    Post #1 - September 5th, 2012, 4:37 pm
    Post #1 - September 5th, 2012, 4:37 pm Post #1 - September 5th, 2012, 4:37 pm
    miesplz wrote:ATK (Andy's Thai Kitchen) opens this Sunday. 11am at 946 W. Wellington. Andy rocks and serves some of the best, most authentic Thai food in Chicago. Congratulations Andy on your new restaurant!

    Sheffield & Wellington is turning out to be quite the little restaurant row, with DMK, Fish Bar, and now ATK there...I also don't mind Panes sandwich shop, and Vaughan's Pub is a decent place for a pint.

    Also if he offers delivery, I'm sure to be within range, which is a huge plus. All in all, I approve of this turn of events :)

    Andy's Thai Kitchen
    946 W. Wellington
    Chicago, IL 60657
    773-549-7821
  • Post #2 - September 6th, 2012, 7:50 am
    Post #2 - September 6th, 2012, 7:50 am Post #2 - September 6th, 2012, 7:50 am
    Dear all my beloved customers and friends on LTH
    As you may or may not know that I am no longer head chef at Tac Quick since last Sunday. I would love to send you this regard and say thank you so much for you best support while I was operating Tac Quick for over 9 years. It is the best time to move forward and start the new business and new life. The new restaurant will be still focusing on real authentic Thai food. And I promise to bring you more of an interesting and flavorful Thai in the year to come. The new restaurant name will be ATK (Andy Thai Kitchen) 946 W Wellington Ave will be opened this Sun Sep 9,2012 at 11am Hopefully I would still get the best support from all of you again. Thank you so much once again.
    Best regards,
    Andy
  • Post #3 - September 6th, 2012, 2:39 pm
    Post #3 - September 6th, 2012, 2:39 pm Post #3 - September 6th, 2012, 2:39 pm
    Congratulations on the new venture! I will be stopping in soon.
  • Post #4 - September 7th, 2012, 9:43 am
    Post #4 - September 7th, 2012, 9:43 am Post #4 - September 7th, 2012, 9:43 am
    Thank you soooo much tapler :)
  • Post #5 - September 7th, 2012, 10:00 am
    Post #5 - September 7th, 2012, 10:00 am Post #5 - September 7th, 2012, 10:00 am
    looking forward to supporting your new venture. best of luck.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #6 - September 7th, 2012, 10:36 am
    Post #6 - September 7th, 2012, 10:36 am Post #6 - September 7th, 2012, 10:36 am
    Looking forward to trying to ATK, though I can't say I'm glad given TAC is right around the corner from us. :evil: Hopefully someone has been groomed in the kitchen over the last few years to take over without missing a beat.
  • Post #7 - September 8th, 2012, 2:34 pm
    Post #7 - September 8th, 2012, 2:34 pm Post #7 - September 8th, 2012, 2:34 pm
    Please tell me you will have the grilled pork neck appetizer! Can't wait to visit you in your new space. Best of luck.
    I used to think the brain was the most important part of the body. Then I realized who was telling me that.
  • Post #8 - September 9th, 2012, 11:18 pm
    Post #8 - September 9th, 2012, 11:18 pm Post #8 - September 9th, 2012, 11:18 pm
    Pork neck is indeed on the ATK menu. It seems like they're offering everything that was on the TAC menu and more. All the food I tried was delicious of course. It was exciting to see some of the dishes going out to the other tables that I did not recognize and will have to try in the near future.
  • Post #9 - September 9th, 2012, 11:37 pm
    Post #9 - September 9th, 2012, 11:37 pm Post #9 - September 9th, 2012, 11:37 pm
    Perhaps a new thread would be appropriate for ATK?

    In TAC Quick news, ordered delivery tonight and it was as good as ever. Definitely no drop-off in quality, at least tonight.
    -Josh

    I've started blogging about the Stuff I Eat
  • Post #10 - September 9th, 2012, 11:42 pm
    Post #10 - September 9th, 2012, 11:42 pm Post #10 - September 9th, 2012, 11:42 pm
    Yes, a new thread should be started for ATK. I ate there today on their inaugural day . Food was great. More info to follow in a new thread.
  • Post #11 - September 10th, 2012, 7:27 am
    Post #11 - September 10th, 2012, 7:27 am Post #11 - September 10th, 2012, 7:27 am
    They told me I was their first customer on Sunday. I ordered the singapore noodles and the pork belly / ginger / green beans (forgot the full thai name of it). Both were fantastic and I'm glad the place opened up so close to home. Will be back to try more.
  • Post #12 - September 10th, 2012, 9:23 am
    Post #12 - September 10th, 2012, 9:23 am Post #12 - September 10th, 2012, 9:23 am
    Does anyone have a menu/contact info and know whether they are delivering yet? I'd like to try it tonight, but can't seem to find any contact info aside from the address. Thanks!

    Adam
  • Post #13 - September 10th, 2012, 4:18 pm
    Post #13 - September 10th, 2012, 4:18 pm Post #13 - September 10th, 2012, 4:18 pm
    Abraus wrote:Does anyone have a menu/contact info and know whether they are delivering yet? I'd like to try it tonight, but can't seem to find any contact info aside from the address. Thanks!

    Adam



    http://www.theonion.com/articles/brave- ... kin,29364/

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  • Post #14 - September 10th, 2012, 5:11 pm
    Post #14 - September 10th, 2012, 5:11 pm Post #14 - September 10th, 2012, 5:11 pm
    Andy's Thai Kitchen
    946 W. Wellington
    Chicago, IL 60657
    773-549-7821

    Open 7 Days/Week
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #15 - September 10th, 2012, 5:12 pm
    Post #15 - September 10th, 2012, 5:12 pm Post #15 - September 10th, 2012, 5:12 pm
    Octarine wrote:
    Abraus wrote:Does anyone have a menu/contact info and know whether they are delivering yet? I'd like to try it tonight, but can't seem to find any contact info aside from the address. Thanks!

    Adam



    http://www.theonion.com/articles/brave- ... kin,29364/

    I'm going in blind! Maybe I'll try base jumping next :)


    Awesome. And very true
  • Post #16 - September 10th, 2012, 8:07 pm
    Post #16 - September 10th, 2012, 8:07 pm Post #16 - September 10th, 2012, 8:07 pm
    Thank you stevez. As I was watching our six month old solo tonight, the actual information you provided was significantly more helpful than a sarcastic post and response to an onion headline. I saw the number too late to work for tonight, but I'm looking forward to trying it soon. Thanks again.
  • Post #17 - September 10th, 2012, 10:00 pm
    Post #17 - September 10th, 2012, 10:00 pm Post #17 - September 10th, 2012, 10:00 pm
    bnl wrote:They told me I was their first customer on Sunday. I ordered the singapore noodles and the pork belly / ginger / green beans (forgot the full thai name of it). Both were fantastic and I'm glad the place opened up so close to home. Will be back to try more.



    Hope you paid in cash!
  • Post #18 - September 11th, 2012, 1:02 am
    Post #18 - September 11th, 2012, 1:02 am Post #18 - September 11th, 2012, 1:02 am
    Thank you so much everyone for your kind support. I'm working on the carry out menu now. Hopefully to get it done soon sometime next week. It is so hard to get started to the new location but I could say that you guys give me courage to do what I'm doing right now and seeing you guys happy makes me happy and want to continue what I do best. I'll try to do the best I could I promise! = )
  • Post #19 - September 11th, 2012, 7:40 am
    Post #19 - September 11th, 2012, 7:40 am Post #19 - September 11th, 2012, 7:40 am
    Andy's Thai Kitchen is a place full of promise. Andy has managed to find yet another location that is located directly beneath an El stop (Wellington), so getting there by public transportation will be a breeze for those that don't drive.

    Andy's Thai Kitchen
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    So far, I've had only one meal there, but I can promise I'll be back. We started out wiith some old favorites

    ATK Crispy Onchoi [sic]
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    ATK Gaend Som Cha Om (Sour Curry with "Cha Om" leaf omelet, napa & papaya)
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    ATK Pad Prik Khing Crispy Pork
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    All three of these dishes were good and had the same flavor profile as when served at TAC, but they were also all a step or two below what I have come to expect when ordering these dishes. They just didn't seem to pop. Still, this was only their second day in business and it appeared from the length of time it took for our food to be delivered, that things are still being worked out in the kitchen. I'm sure that these dishes will reach their full potential in a short time.

    A new dish that we ordered, was absolutely stellar and revealed the potential of this new restaurant. Andy has always had a way with Thai soups. TAC's Tom Kha is my favorite version in the city by a country mile. Rather then order that, we ordered Tom Sab with Seafood, which is a new dish to me.

    ATK Tom Sab with Seafood
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    The flavor profile of the Tom Sab was phenominal; lots of lime in a firery broth that brought sweat to my brow. The soup included fish balls, mussels, shrimp and squid along with onions, mushrooms and some vegital items that were not recognizable to me. I'll never visit ATK again without ordering this soup. It's that good.

    The menu is deep and it will take many visits to fully explore its wonders. I wish Andy the best of luck with the new restaurant. I know I'll be back often!

    Andy's Thai Kitchen
    946 W. Wellington
    Chicago, IL 60657
    773-549-7821
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #20 - September 11th, 2012, 7:58 am
    Post #20 - September 11th, 2012, 7:58 am Post #20 - September 11th, 2012, 7:58 am
    Thanks for the report Steve. Of course, I know from my own experiences in just moving houses that it takes me considerable time to figure out my new appliances - stove, oven, etc. - and cook dishes the way I'm used to having them. In this case, add in new space, new appliances, new kitchen staff, new wait staff . . . I don't think it would be fair to expect Andy's best for several weeks, but it's good to know that they're already putting out a quality product. That part doesn't surprise me.
  • Post #21 - September 11th, 2012, 8:15 am
    Post #21 - September 11th, 2012, 8:15 am Post #21 - September 11th, 2012, 8:15 am
    BR wrote:Thanks for the report Steve. Of course, I know from my own experiences in just moving houses that it takes me considerable time to figure out my new appliances - stove, oven, etc. - and cook dishes the way I'm used to having them. In this case, add in new space, new appliances, new kitchen staff, new wait staff . . . I don't think it would be fair to expect Andy's best for several weeks, but it's good to know that they're already putting out a quality product. That part doesn't surprise me.


    It needs to be placed in context. In our instant gratification world, with people photographing and critiquing from their dinner tables mid meal, it's best to understand that NO ONE is up to 100% in the first few wks. NEVER. EVER. Personally, I've always felt you should discount the first month or so as you aren't operating @ that level, but you are asking people to pay. Trying talking an owner into that one.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #22 - September 11th, 2012, 8:09 pm
    Post #22 - September 11th, 2012, 8:09 pm Post #22 - September 11th, 2012, 8:09 pm
    Andy (or someone), can you identify or call out some of your new dishes? I took a gander at the scanned menu on Grubstreet and it looked mighty similar to TAC. I need that new ish!
  • Post #23 - September 11th, 2012, 8:16 pm
    Post #23 - September 11th, 2012, 8:16 pm Post #23 - September 11th, 2012, 8:16 pm
    Need to check on BYO status. Maybe a sour beer dinner in is order. I have a few sitting in the fridge just waiting for an opp.
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  • Post #24 - September 11th, 2012, 9:03 pm
    Post #24 - September 11th, 2012, 9:03 pm Post #24 - September 11th, 2012, 9:03 pm
    seebee wrote:Need to check on BYO status. Maybe a sour beer dinner in is order. I have a few sitting in the fridge just waiting for an opp.


    I'd be so down for that. Also have a few sours I'm sitting on
  • Post #25 - September 11th, 2012, 10:51 pm
    Post #25 - September 11th, 2012, 10:51 pm Post #25 - September 11th, 2012, 10:51 pm
    It is BYO.
  • Post #26 - September 12th, 2012, 2:28 am
    Post #26 - September 12th, 2012, 2:28 am Post #26 - September 12th, 2012, 2:28 am
    Thank you so much Stevez. I'll try to make sure I'll be faster and hopefully to make everything taste good or even better. Like I said It is so hard to start the new business in this economy but one thing i know is that I would do my best to make you happy. I'm so sorry about the wait today I would say the same thing if I were you Stevez.
  • Post #27 - September 12th, 2012, 9:06 am
    Post #27 - September 12th, 2012, 9:06 am Post #27 - September 12th, 2012, 9:06 am
    seebee wrote:Need to check on BYO status. Maybe a sour beer dinner in is order. I have a few sitting in the fridge just waiting for an opp.

    I'd be down for this. I don't have any sour beers on hand, but I do have a 4-pack of Uncommon Brewers' Siamese Twin ("a traditional Belgian-style Double seasoned with coriander and entirely uncommon Thai spices...floral notes of lemongrass and sharper bite of kaffir lime") that I was saving for the next time we ordered from TAC Quick, but passing it around at ATK seems entirely appropriate.
  • Post #28 - September 12th, 2012, 10:22 pm
    Post #28 - September 12th, 2012, 10:22 pm Post #28 - September 12th, 2012, 10:22 pm
    must try it soon!
    Nothing better than a hot and spicy lunch midweek!
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  • Post #29 - September 17th, 2012, 6:05 am
    Post #29 - September 17th, 2012, 6:05 am Post #29 - September 17th, 2012, 6:05 am
    stevez wrote:The flavor profile of the Tom Sab was phenominal; lots of lime in a firery broth that brought sweat to my brow. The soup included fish balls, mussels, shrimp and squid along with onions, mushrooms and some vegital items that were not recognizable to me. I'll never visit ATK again without ordering this soup. It's that good
    Stellar, every bit and more as delicious as Steve describes. One lesson learned from my first go-around with Tom Sab, eat the seafood immediately so they don't overcook in the simmering liquid.

    90% full on Sunday about 8:30, TAC favorites as good if not better than Sheridan, in particular raw shrimp with garlic, mint leaf, Thai chili and lime. Two, but we ordered for 4 and even that did not scratch the surface of dishes I'd like to try.

    Service flowed well, dishes attractively plated, physical space comfortable with obvious thought taken to design. Andy himself looked terrific, calm, unruffled, impossibly clean and tidy for a man working all day in a kitchen. A short conversation with Andy reminded me why the man turns out the food he does, his attention to detail is astounding and perfection his goal.

    ATK, count me a fan!
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #30 - September 18th, 2012, 10:02 am
    Post #30 - September 18th, 2012, 10:02 am Post #30 - September 18th, 2012, 10:02 am
    Dear all beloved customers..
    I would like to inform you guys that we are closed today Tue Sep18 for one day. Will re-open tomorrow Wed Sep19 at 11am Thank you so much for your kind support! Have a wonderful day! = )

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