Meatless Monday: Restaurant Edition

After a weekend of cooking, my first Monday back to work & reading *this* blog post, I decided that making dinner tonight was not going to happen.  I wanted some Thai food and bad.   I texted LC and asked him if he wanted to do a date night tonight since we didn’t do one last week.  He was definitely down for this.

What I craved was some authentic, green curry.  Authentic Thai food.  One problem? The “gluten-thing”.  I didn’t really give it much thought when I initially decided I wanted Thai cuisine for dinner.  I totally forgot about my new dietary restrictions.  But surely I’d find something.  After “googling” and looking at different restaurants & menus around Chicago, I found that my safest bet would be Big Bowl.  Big Bowl is another Lettuce Entertain You gem.  They’re the owners of Paris Club & Cafe Ba Ba Reeba.  They specialize in fresh Chinese & Thai Cuisine.

The space is a very trendy restaurant, but relaxed at the same time.  I came from work so I had business casual clothes & hubs rolled in there with a hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Much to our surprise, on Mondays they have 1/2 price wine bottles.  So, we started off our night with a bottle of my favorite red, Melbec. 

Very much needed after the day I had at work.
For our appetizer, we shared some vegetarian summer rolls. (Random question, does anyone know the difference-if any-between a spring roll & a summer roll?)  They were made of a rice paper wrapper with rice noodles, seasonal veggies & dipping sauce.  These were really good.  I tasted a hint of cilantro and other crisp vegetables.  I like when the summer rolls & spring rolls have some crunch to them.  They taste much more fresh that way.    
And for our main courses, we both rolled with Pad Thai.  Hubs had the shrimp pad Thai and I stuck with the vegetarian Pad Thai with tofu (even though the orange chicken was calling my name!). The dish was served with rice noodles, a ton of sprouts, basil, eggs peanuts, and a sprinkling of lime. Oh. So. Good.  This was probably one of the best Pad Thai dishes I’ve ever had.  I was so hungry and it was so, that I ate the whole thing.  Definitely not necessary. 
Overall, it was a wonderful first gluten-free Thai experience and I’d definitely be back again.  They had quite a few gluten-free options to choose from.  I forgot that I’ve actually been here before.  A few years ago, my family & I came here when we were in Chicago visiting during Christmas time.  This place is pretty close to the Magnificent Mile, so during the weekend and especially the holiday season, you should probably be prepared to wait.

One thought on “Meatless Monday: Restaurant Edition

  1. November 20, 2011 / 8:07 pm

    I have a LEY membership card since we go to so many of their restaurants…my favorite thai place is Thai Bowl by UIC. I am not sure about their Glutten Free choices though…but I swear they have the best tofu I have ever had!


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