two plates of food on flowery plates
Once a month, take yourself on a date. Credit: Courtesy Ghin Khao Eat Rice

Here’s a rule I live by: once a month, take yourself on a date. No phones allowed; bring a book.

Last month, I ventured to Ghin Khao Eat Rice, and I can assure you it’s the perfect spot. (And I’ve done this 21 times!)

First, it’s truly delicious and authentic, with nearly 200 Google reviews clocking in at an average 4.8 stars. I had the beef nam tok and Grandma’s Pork Belly—both were perfectly spiced, sour, and fresh. Second, it sits in a quiet spot on West Cermak.

Ghin Khao’s not packed, but there’s enough hustle in the kitchen to create the perfect soundscape to your reading. Third, when you go up to pay, the owner might just slide you a homemade brownie packed in Saran wrap. Eat it on the bus ride back home while you finish up a chapter. 

Ghin Khao Eat Rice
Tue-Sat 4-9 PM, 2128 W. Cermak, 773-565-4487

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