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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-11-2009, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Wow Bao...

Ever heard of this place? It was ranked as one of the best fast food chains in the US. It's supposed to be a local place but I have never heard of it.

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Provided some equipment for it, but never eaten the food.
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Where was it located?

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There's a few locations downtown in the Loop.

http://www.wowbao.com/

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The food there's alright. I've always loved sticky buns and they've Americanized them. For what it is, they're tasty and quick. But I'll take authentic sticky buns any day.
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Cool, maybe I'll try them out. What do you consider real sticky buns?

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The baos there are tasty, but they're tiny. They have a variety of flavors such as curry chicken, teriyaki chicken, bbq pork, etc... In a pinch, I'll eat them, but prefers the much bigger and cheaper real baos in China town bakery shops.
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Chinatown it is. So these things are just like stuffed biscuits or something similar?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baozi

The bread/bun is softer, more moist and a little sweet than biscuits. if you buy it at Chinatown, find the non-frozen ones at the bakery stores.



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I've eaten at the one on State and Lake a number of times when it first opened; had a client right across the street. It's decent, for fast food.

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Aside from the size difference, the filling is different. Wow Bao's are more Americanized, with their various offerings. Still tasty but I'd equate it to the difference between a steak @ TGI Fridays vs @ Gibson's. They're both fine for what they are, but one outclasses the other.
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aside from the size difference, the filling is different. Wow bao's are more americanized, with their various offerings. Still tasty but i'd equate it to the difference between a steak @ tgi fridays vs @ gibson's. They're both fine for what they are, but one outclasses the other.
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Damnit, this thread made me crave some bao, so I got lunch there today. 2 BBQ Pork, 2 Chicken Curry, & 2 Spicy Kung Pao bao. And I love sitting in the window seat & watch the "scenery" at One Financial Drive.

Yum yum...

Oh yeah, the food wasn't bad either!
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Damnit, this thread made me crave some bao, so I got lunch there today. 2 BBQ Pork, 2 Chicken Curry, & 2 Spicy Kung Pao bao. And I love sitting in the window seat & watch the "scenery" at One Financial Drive.

Yum yum...

Oh yeah, the food wasn't bad either!
Crap, if I knew you were that close by the past 2 weeks when I was down there we should have done lunch... Their menu looks tasty.

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Damnit, this thread made me crave some bao, so I got lunch there today. 2 BBQ Pork, 2 Chicken Curry, & 2 Spicy Kung Pao bao. And I love sitting in the window seat & watch the "scenery" at One Financial Drive.

Yum yum...

Oh yeah, the food wasn't bad either!
Dude I work across the street from that one Andy. Next time send me a PM

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Crap, if I knew you were that close by the past 2 weeks when I was down there we should have done lunch... Their menu looks tasty.
I'm at 100 South Wacker.

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Didn't know where you were exactly. And it was a spur of the moment thing... just left my building to go walk around and enjoy the "scenery," figuring I'd get McDonald's or something, and remembered the thread. I'll hit you up the next time I head over there, for sure!
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