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IN THE NEWS - 2018


USA Today: New Chicago kitchens topping the must-visit lists

FEBRUARY 20 ― Owners Thai and Danielle Dang impressed Chicago a few years ago when working at Embeya and they are outdoing themselves at their own HaiSous (which translates to "two pennies.") HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen sufficiently roused the James Beard Foundation, too, because the Pilsen spot is in the running for Best New Restaurant in the 2018 competition.



Chicago Tribune: Chicago scores 28 semifinalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards

FEBRUARY 15 ― Each year, the James Beard Foundation recognizes the culinary talent around the country with an awards ceremony, which is often referred to as the Oscars of food world. This year, 28 Chicago restaurants, chefs and beverage pros made the semifinalist list. While a slight trim from the 32 that made the cut last year, there are still a number of bright spots. The most exciting entry is Thai and Danielle Dang's HaiSous, which is up for best new restaurant. Read More...

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James Beard Foundation: The 2018 James Beard Award Semifinalists

FEBRUARY 15 ― We're thrilled to announce our 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists! Read on for semifinalists in all categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year. We'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominees for our Media and Restaurant Design Awards, in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 14.



Chicago Magazine: 5 Bowls of Pho in Chicago that You Must Try

FEBRUARY 2 ― Warm up with traditional Vietnamese soup from these standout spots—not just on Argyle.



ChooseChicago: Romance Blooms at Chicago's Lovebird-led Restaurants

JANUARY 24 ― February is the month of romance—hearts and flowers ornament shop windows, candles spill flickering light throughout Chicago’s nightspots, and chocolatiers experience a surge in sugar-loving customers. What really says Valentine’s Day, though, is an intimate, decadent dinner for two.



Make It Better: The Best Restaurant Picks for Chicago Restaurant Week

JANUARY 19 ― The dead of winter is a notoriously slow time for the restaurant business. The big holidays are over, and with them the office and family parties, special meals with visiting relatives and kids home from college, and generally all festivities.  



Eater Chicago: Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now, February 2018

FEBRUARY 16 ― Thai Dang’s long-awaited return has been a hit with critics and diners alike. His Pilsen restaurant has expanded its service to brunch hours so that patrons can have a hearty Vietnamese meal in the morning. Asian specialties include housemade beef pho, crispy rice crepe filled with prawns, and rice porridge with chopped clams.



Forbes: Chicago's Best New Restaurants

JANUARY 7 ― Husband and wife team Thai and Danielle Dang have opened a destination Vietnamese restaurant in Pilsen, the heart of Chicago's Mexican community better known for tamales and tacos. He cooks the food and she mixes drinks. HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen and its chicken marinated in lemongrass-chili paste and fried whole fish are worth seeking out.



Plate Magazine: Chopped Clams are Perfect Drinking Food...

JANUARY 4 ― At Chicago’s HaiSous, the drink menu from beverage director Danielle Dang consists mostly of affordable sparkling wines and easygoing cocktails, like a refreshing combination of mezcal, pineapple and a bitter hint of Cappelletti. It works out well then that chef Thai Dang’s Vietnamese dishes are perfect drinking food...