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Wow Bao
Pan-Asian Restaurant$
Today 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
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Liberty Travel 175 W Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL 60604
175 West Jackson BoulevardUSIllinoisChicago60604
(312) 334-6395wowbao.com
$Pan-Asian Restaurant, Chinese Restaurant
Pan-Asian Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Today 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Monday 7:00 am – 5:30 pmTuesday 7:00 am – 5:30 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 5:30 pmThursday 7:00 am – 5:30 pmFriday 7:00 am – 5:30 pmSaturday ClosedSunday Closed
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Wow Bao features meat-and-vegetable-filled “hot Asian buns”. Wow Bao’s quick-service menu also offers fresh Pad Thai salad, soups, and rice (or noodle) bowls topped with Teriyaki or Kung Pao chicken.
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Citywide chain where inventive steamed buns & other Chinese dishes are ordered via touchscreens.- Google
"I ordered two Bao: a spicy Mongolian beef & a BBQ pork!"
"There signature hot buns were not that great."
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Laurel Miltner
7 months ago
Review for food only: I've heard nothing but amazing things about Wow Bao, and I get it. That said, I just think I'm not a huge fan of the buns. They are definitely standard Asian buns compared to what I've had before, but for me they're just too doughy and sweet, even for the savory fillings. BUT, the fillings are tasty and texture is great. And the bowls are tasty.
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Julie Khushalani
9 months ago
Went here for the first time and really enjoyed the food. It was fantastic... Would recommend it for a quick Asian meal
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D Pham
a year ago
This is the place to go when I want just a snack or light lunch. 2 baos can seriously fill my hunger. They're very cheap yet tasty. There isn't a bao there that I don't like. I usually go for the savory ones like Mongolian beef or bbq pork, but every now and then the sweet bao hit the sweet tooth spot. Both the coconut custard and the chocolate are great, but if you go during fall, get the pumpkin. The broth really warms you up on a cold day. I've tried the rice bowls and salads - which are slightly mediocre, and I'd rather stick to the bao. Plus, you'd get your order faster if you order just bao. You can order at the register, but during lunch, that can be crowded. Thankfully, they have kiosks where you can order and get your meal in a jiffy. The downsides here are the fact that they don't serve breakfast baos here, and they don't serve the froyos either. You can only get the froyos at the water location, and their froyos are the bomb! Don't forget to come during secret word wednesdays, where if you whisper the secret word of the week, you'd get one free bao! They post that word on their facebook weekly.
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Stuart Conover
a year ago
Asian fast food is always a bit iffy (I'm sorry Panda Express lovers I just can't enjoy that anymore.) So when I saw these Wow Bao's popping up it took me awhile to stop at one. In fact it wasn't until I was downtown with some friends who wanted to try it that I actually ended up in one of it's doors. I'm a huge fan of the style of dumplings that they sell (I've had them homemade from 2 different friends in the past) and tend to be picky on them. Don't get me wrong. You can easily score better tasting buns in Chinatown but if you are in the loop this is probably your best bet for cheap(ish) and tasty buns. I've tried the Mongolian beef and an order of noodles as well in different trips - honestly it's the buns that have me (and probably you) sold as well! (I've heard if you aren't going through one of these at a peak dining times the buns aren't always fresh though I've never had that experience myself.)
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Charley Sachs
9 months ago
This was my first time eating baos and they were really quite tasty. The service at this place is also really fast so its a good place to grab a quick and unique lunch in the south loop.
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Amy Marcelo
10 months ago
Wow Bao is decent for asian fast food, but go to Chinatown if you want real asian food.
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Anthony Martorina
a year ago
I asked the cashier what was better the buns or pot stickers and he said, "This place is called Boa and not Pot Sticker for a reason!" So I ordered the pot stickers. No I'm just kidding I ordered the Bao, which are the hot Asian Buns. Now this cashier guy was putting a lot of pressure on these hot Asian buns to be delicious. In fact, I've been to Asia and I've had the real deal. So lets see how these buns stand up at an American Fast Food joint. I ordered two Bao: a spicy Mongolian beef & a BBQ pork! According to the worker behind the counter I picked his first & third favorite. So that made me excited. One thing I didn't like was that my hot Asian buns were in the same basket & I didn't know which one was which flavor. So I bit in and had no idea what I was eating. The flavor did not pop at me. I had no idea what it was. So I decided to take a bite out of the second one. Again it wasn't a flavor explosion but I could sense a little BBQ taste, so this had to be the BBQ pork. It was not good that I couldn't tell what the two different meats were. I will say that the Bao were a 1 Star experience. I would never order these again. What I was really excited about was the bowl of spicy kung pao chicken over lo mein noodles. The flavor of the chicken was really good. I also liked that the chicken seemed to be ground instead of the traditional chunks. This had the right amount of spicy. One thing I didn't like was when I mixed up my bowl there wasn't enough of the Kung Pao Chicken to cover my noodles. I kind of like my noodles coated in sauce. I got the feeling that this place measures out portions & servings. I would give the flavor 5 stars and 2 stars on the amount of sauce. Also the bowl was very tiny for the amount paid. It was not a good value. This place had add-ons too. With a bowl you are able to add on 2 Bao or 3 Pot Stickers for $2.75 I do know that if I ever come back here then I'm going pot stickers instead of buns. And if the pot stickers are good, then I will call this place WOW POT. The more I think about this place it makes me want to never come back. For example, I paid $10 for food here and I left hungry but for $7.75 I can get a giant bowl at Chipolte and make two meals out of it. So when at look at value & portions this place is not a good deal. Also the address on Yelp says 175 W Jackson but its actually located on the other side of the building by Jefferson. If you walk in off of Jackson then be prepared to walk across the building to find this place. I did not have much staff interaction. The cashier who took my order was nice and helpful. I would give him 5 stars for customer service. The guy I picked my food up from seemed grumpy and he didn't really talk except for calling out my pickup number. So would I come back? Probably not. There signature hot buns were not that great. Unfortunately for this place I've had the real deal in Asia, so I had something to compare them too. The bowls were small with limited sauce topping. The flavors were good but it wasn't filling. I really didn't feel like I got my money's worth. It seems like a great business but it is not for me.
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Eitan Neumark
a year ago
Wow Bao is pretty tasty and reasonably priced. I got a noodle dish and three buns for around $10. The buns were tasty, although they didn't taste necessarily that fresh. The noodles were very tasty and spiced really well.

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