photo credit: Matt Lien
Eating at Hai Hai feels a bit like taking a tropical vacation, which can be hard to find in a city that averages more than four feet of snow per year. Everything at this Arts District spot - from the cocktails to the bright walls and hanging plants - makes you think of summer, and the same goes for the menu, which includes a mix of mostly Southeast Asian dishes. Make sure to try the water fern cakes and banana blossom salad, along with the turmeric and dill fish. And as long as it’s not the middle of February, ask to sit outside on their big outdoor patio.
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