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  • Shalin D.

    Instructions on how to get your bao faster: 1. Make yourself streamlined and intrepid! The Mag Mile is notoriously crowded. Chances are you'll say "excuse me" a thousand times as you dodge tourists, strollers, richie riches, street performers, and 13 year old girls wearing way too much eyeliner. Recommendations: keep your shoulders to your side to avoid bumping and walk on the curb near the street. Sure, you might have a fatal run-in with the CTA 151 bus but risk is imminent when procuring your bao. 2. Don't make eye contact! If you're local, chances are you'll run into someone at Water Tower Place. This is where Chicago descends on the weekends and during holidays. If you make eye contact, you might get caught up in a conversation with a colleague, a university buddy, or someone in your canasta club. Don't take the risk. Eye on the prize: bao bao bao. 3. Be ruthless! The kiddies swarm around Wow Bao. Especially during holiday sales and weekends. They stand in big circles comparing their "finds" from Forever 21 and H&M (which is, unfortunately, across the street). If they get in your way, don't be afraid of a little hip-check action or a slight hockey shove. And, don't worry, they're teenagers: they have strong bones and their parents' health insurance. Remember: EYE ON THE PRIZE. 4. Don't distract others! Idle shoppers are notorious for initiating small talk while standing in line. While this can be a good time filler, it also slows up the ordering process. Imagine this: you and X are engaged in a conversation about tweed blazers on sale at Banana. They're next in line but they spend 5 minutes closing the conversation before they order. That's five minutes between you and your bao. Do you want to risk it? No. Didn't think so. 5. Know what you want! This is a given. Read the menu beforehand. Engage in some introspection as you walk to Wow Bao and KNOW what you want. When you get there, you'll be ready to bark out your order. To paraphrase a 14 year old Brooke Shields: nothing gets between me and my bao.

    (5)
  • Mandy N.

    Every time I visti Chicago, I have to go here. It is very good. I wish the bun were bigger so it wouldn't be too pricy for just one bun. The mongolian beef is good, it is spicy and I love spicy food. The BBQ pork was way too sweet but that is not too surprising for oriental food in America. The Thai curry chicken is so so. Anyway, love it. Everybody should try !!!!!!!

    (4)
  • Laura S.

    Oh. My. God. Fast food steamed pork buns. For $1.65. How do I get someone to open a franchise in Philadelphia? Can I move to Chicago? Who is the brilliant individual who came up with this idea !? I doff my hat to you, sir, I doff my hat.

    (5)
  • Christina B.

    I've really embraced Wow Bao since my first review... I've recently lost quite a bit of weight and my eating habits have changed. I now like wow bao when I have a taste for Chinese food but know I couldn't handle an entire order of it. The bao is a perfect portion for just a taste of asian cuisine! Also, their Twitter page is one of the more hilarious ones to follow...and they do various promotions via the twitter account--I won tickets to Cirque Shanghai just for re-tweeting something of theirs! In the words of their twitter page: "bao-wow-wow-yippy-yo-yippie-yay!"

    (5)
  • Mary B.

    Yum I love some hot asian buns... I've had the spicy mongolian beef, it's definitely spicy, but delish, and the thai curry chicken equally yummy. Great to eat when you're on the go and nice on your wallet too! I'm craving some right now just thinking about them!

    (4)
  • Sheenal S.

    Wow bao is a tiny tuck shop like establishment that sells baos (Chinese buns), rice, noodles, salad and even quinoa with curries and stir fries. Soups are also available and their own brewed ginger bee available in a plain and pomegranate flavour. The food is cheap and delicious. And good after a day before shopping or substantial enough before.tpure out shopping at mag mile. I had the sticky kung pao chicken with rice and the kung pao chicken. Both delicious. Definitely going back

    (5)
  • Allen G.

    I've had many a wow bao's in my life and they are consistently delicious. Every bao is packed full of really great flavors. My favorite is the chicken terryaki. The buns are always oh so soft and chewy, the perfect consistency for a bao. You have to remember this is american fusion buns. Don't expect chinese restaurant buns at chinese food prices. My wife and I usually get a bun each as a snack or pre-dinner app. The ginger drink here can be hit or miss. It can be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!: ginger is perfectly spicy, and the overall drink is mildly sweet and oh so refreshing on a hot summer day... even cold winter days at that. My recent visit offered a ginger drink that had zero zing which was disappointing. I would rather they have said that the ginger was sub-par and they don't sell sub-par items, as opposed to selling me sweetened water in this case.

    (3)
  • Xiang L.

    凑合吧,包子肯定不是手工做的,从样子和里面的馅来看肯定是工厂批量大生产之后冷冻的。 吃起来还凑合,但是肯定不是正宗的中国北方大包子。。。。。。

    (3)
  • Jill O.

    Ah yes, Wow Bao. This is part of the reason why I keep visiting Water Tower Place after all these years. It's conveniently located on the first floor/foyer area, so it's easy to pop in and out. Not so convenient, their seating is up a staircase, so be prepared to carry your food up if you're dining in. Wow Bao is really reasonably priced. The bao (steamed dumplings) are only $1.89 a piece. How can that be beat? My girlfriend and I had lunch plans elsewhere, so we only got a quick bite here. I ordered a chicken teriyaki bao, and a coconut custard one ($1.89). She ordered a chicken teriyaki bao, a five-piece order of chicken potstickers with soy ginger sauce ($4.69), and a homemade pomegranate ginger ale ($2.69). The bao (baos?) were delicious. The outside is fluffy and soft, and the inside is full of flavor. The chicken teriyaki filling is sweet,with just the right amount of spice. The coconut custard one was a bit too sweet for my liking, but I'd order it again. The best thing we ordered was actually the potstickers. I've been to Wow Bao a number of times but had never tried them, until she ordered them. They were super flavorful and well cooked, the outside was just the right amount of soft and a little chewy. The dipping sauce complemented them perfectly. The pop was pretty delicious too. If you're torn between the original and pomegranate, definitely go for the pomegranate. This is a great little place for lunch on the go, that delivers great food and flavors for a tiny cost.

    (4)
  • Ron B.

    When I come to Chicago, my family and I stop here at Wow Bao located at Water Tower place main lobby. We normally buy the Teriaki Chicken or spicy Mongolian Beef. I like the concept of the dough with the meat encased inside. The price ranges fro $1.99 each for one wow bao to $4.99 for a bowl combination. Since I am such on the run, I have yet to taste the bowls. I enjoy the flavor and it is a quick way to kill your hunger on the go.

    (3)
  • Frank O.

    One of the many Wow Bao locations, this particular one right inside the Water Tower entrance is convenient and quick. It's small, but still has all the same goodies, so it's also efficient (not that such a thing matters much for your food-tasting pleasure). I recommend trying the Mongolian Beef and Kung Pao Chicken. The BBQ pork is also pretty good, but easy to get at any place that serves bao. I'm always curious about the desert bao, but haven't yet gotten the courage to try them, instead preferring to fill up on the meat ones.

    (4)
  • Irene G.

    Yummy rice bowls (Thai Curry is my favorite) and the baos are delicious Good service Good location

    (4)
  • Steph F.

    I was intrigued by the modern take to traditional baos and stopped here for a quick snack. My friends and I shared a terriyaki chicken bao, bbq pork bao, and chicken dumplings. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much grabbing a quick snack at a mall, but I was surprised how tasty the little baos and dumplings were. This is definitely a good place to stop if you're on the go or in search of a fulfilling snack.

    (4)
  • John F.

    I thought their teriyaki chicken was unimpressive. It was like teriyaki stew poured over rice.

    (2)
  • Darian J.

    I had such high hopes trying Wow Bao for the first time. Whenever I visit Water Tower Place the line is always extensive. So, I finally decided to test the hype. Now, I am a huge lover of anything and everything Asian. I have never tasted more artificial / Americanized Asian food in my life. I was literally on the verge of tears (not really) because the food looked amazing but the tastes seemed like frozen Chinese food. I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken bowl with BBQ pork and Mongolian Beef baos. The only thing I enjoyed was the rice. It was perfectly steamed. All I can say is if you really want to experience a real bao, visit Chinatown. You won't pay such high prices for low quality Chinese food. The reason why this review is not 1 star is because the cashier and cook were so pleasant in attitude.

    (2)
  • Jason P.

    WOW! Amazingly good. This is the best fast food ever....if you want to call it fast food. Everything here is good, so I don't have to give a long review. Definitely need to try the pomegranate ginger ale.

    (5)
  • Al L.

    Before we started some shopping in the mall, we decided to get a snack at Wow Bao, which was located just past the entrance. The menu consisted of savory and sweet steamed baos, steam dumplings, rice and noodle bowls and salads. With Bao in its name, baos was what we were going to try. The savory filling choices included spicy kung pao chicken, whole wheat edaname, teriyaki chicken, Thai curry chicken, spicy Mongolian beef and bbq pork. Coconut custard and chocolate were the sweet options. We opted for the Thai curry chicken and bbq pork. After placing our order, we were told that there would be about a ten minute wait for the Thai curry chicken as they were being steamed. We opted to wait as this was an interesting filling for a bao. After getting our order, we took it up to second floor where Wow Bao has tables for its customers to enjoy their food. The Thai curry chicken filling was tasty and the BBQ pork was ok as I've had tastier ones. At $1.79 each and the size of the baos, I would say they are pricey considering BBQ pork buns that are larger can be had for $.75 each. I could have eaten two for a satisfying snack. Overall, friendly staff and unique choice for the bao filling. Just felt at $1.79 each, it was pricey for these small baos.

    (3)
  • Anamaria H.

    Ordered the spicy mongolian beef bao. Cheap and yummy sustenance during a long day of shopping. Definitely recommend if you're hungry but aren't ready for a huge meal. They offer quick service and it's in a great location.

    (4)
  • Angeli D.

    Conveniently located at the entrance of the Water Tower Plaza, this little fast food Chinese spot I'm sure gets a lot of traffic. I came here twice while I was on vacation in Chicago and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It's fast and quick and easy to grab and go. The Thai curry chicken Bao and the BBQ pork Bao are the two I tried. They are a bit small for the price, but it is in the city in the Water Tower so I guess the price is to be expected. The steamed buns are just right. Not too thick on the bread and not too moist and light. The curry chicken was my favorite between the two. Also because it's in the front entrance, not too much seating area. You have to go upstairs if you want to have a seat while enjoying your Bao. I like the convenience of the location and the fast food style it provides, but I do wish it had better options for seating. I thought it was a bit over priced but to me it's still worth the try.

    (3)
  • Angie O.

    I am in love with this "fast food" chain. It is so delicious and the baos are relatively low cal (the nutrition facts are listed - love that too!). I highly recommend the thai curry chicken bao and mongolian beef (it is kind of spicy). All of the dessert baos will rock your socks off. The newest addition is the banana bao, which is in a chocolate dough. Amazing! I absolutely have to visit Wow Bao whenever I am in Chicago. I dream about them. I crave them. I want one now!!!! The day that they open a Wow Bao in Milwaukee will be a glorious day indeed!

    (5)
  • Randall L.

    Great place to go to for a quick snack or food on the go. Also great for people who love spicey foods and are coming up with a cold. All their fillings for their Baos and dumplings are all ginger based, so they're spicey. They also serve bowls and soups which I never got around to. The place is the first thing you see in the water tower lobby coming in from Michigan. It doesn't look like they have settings Cuz it's in the main lobby, but they have seatings reserved on second floor up the escalator. Went with the Spicey Mongolian beef and Kung Pao Chicken Baos with Thai Broth. All three are somewhat spicey, but if u can take medium at Buffalo Wild Wings you can scarf these Baos down easily. Overall great snack

    (4)
  • Selena L.

    My favorite is the thai curry chicken bowl and/or bao. Tried the hot ginger tea for the first time and it was as refreshing and delish as could be. The mongolian beef is great also! Like them on FB and get occasional promos for free bao Wednesdays.

    (4)
  • Ali D.

    Solid consistent food! This is my family's Go To take away joint when in a pinch. Delish consistent food ... All the time. Check it out!

    (4)
  • Dan S.

    I know. It's just like, wow! Bao! Sure, it's not super authentic, but it's good stuff. The general tso's bun was addictive. I was disappointed in myself for only ordering two. But the rice bowl was good too. Overall, a nice change of pace from the typical fast food.

    (4)
  • Christina G.

    Service is very quick. Definitely one of my favorites for a fast lunch. I loved the teriyaki chicken bao.

    (4)
  • Deacon M.

    Whenever I'm over here, I have to get my bao fix. They sell them frozen at jewel, but it's just not the same. I love the ginger ale, the pomegranate ginger ale, 8 veg salad, edamame bao, and the broth...I wish I knew how they made that broth. Check it out, they have raised the prices over the years of me coming here, but now you can get on their coupon text list. Yeah, I can be a sucker for a deal, sometimes referred to as "cheap ass", idc! They need to open one in hipster sq or wicker park...

    (4)
  • Shannon K.

    I noticed that all of the Wow Bao's rank around 3.5 stars and that seems spot on. If Yelp allowed half stars (and they should) I would also give this location a 3.5. A strong 3.5. I rather enjoyed the food. It's fun. It's fast. It's affordable. It's mobile (well at least the bao buns). You can either order at the kiosk and get a number or order from the cashier and get a number. The big stackable steamers where the bao buns live kind of remind me of the whack-a-mole game, but instead of whacking moles the servers are grabbing buns. They have 6 packs of bao buns; you pick the flavors, for under $10. Combo of salad or different soup and 2 bao buns for $8. Absolutely delicious cold spicy noodles, sauce served on the side. Fresh ginger, ginger ale's. Well it clearly has fresh ginger in it, but it concerns me a little that it's coming from a tap, makes me feel like it might be mixed with something on the less than healthy side. Regardless it was refreshing and went well with the spiciness of the food. I ordered a chicken flavored bun and a bbq pork bun. To be honest, I couldn't tell you which was which, but I can tell you they both tasted good. I am definitely going to check out the other locations and eat my way through those hot Asian buns (that's their tagline, not mine).

    (4)
  • Sarah G.

    I first had Wow Bao at Riot Fest where I got two boas for $6 which for festival food pricing isn't too bad. And they were actually pretty good for being steamed at a festival! We got the spicy mongolian and the bbq pork there and we were pretty pumped! Then the other day we were walking around and needed a snack, and behold there was a Wow Bao right in front of our faces! So we go into the tower to find there are no tables by this venue (I guess there are a few up the escalators maybe??) but here I could get 6 baos for less than $10!!! Gotta love festival up pricing :-) But we were pumped to try all of the flavors! Here is the run down of a few worth mentioning: Whole Wheat Edamame: not the best...thought it would be tasty and a healthy bao, but it just had no flavor... Kung Pao: so so good and spicy! packed with flavor! Thai Curry: just so so...not so so good...but so so Mongolian: still awesome and tasty BBQ Pork: how could it not be good? Coconut Custard: kind of weird... So all in all, I think this place is hit or miss, but it is made fresh, and it is cheap, and a fast snack to grab.

    (3)
  • Brooke O.

    I have worked across the street for a long time but only recently tried Wow Bao. The bbq pork bun blew my mind! I did not know what to expect when a friend described the dumpling with pulled pork in it. I'm a sucker for anything pulled pork related so I got one just as a snack. It was fast service, the food was served quickly, and in the end it was delicious. The only thing is I wish they had more seating. There is some if you go up the escalator to the second floor.

    (4)
  • Don L.

    We were at Water Tower, and we've seen all the positive reviews here on Yelp, so we decided to give it a try. We tried the bbq pork, teriyaki chicken & the spicy kung pao chicken. The baos are small and snack size, which is probably convenient when walking around a mall. But I'm used to the bigger boas you get at dim sum. At least the boas here were priced accordingly. Taste wise, they were good. Nothing special, but not bad. The teriyaki chicken was good, not too sweet. The spicy kung pao chicken wasn't really all that spicy, and I don't really go for spicy foods, so it's not like I have a low tolerance for spicy foods. Of the 3 I like the bbq pork the best. I would eat there again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do it.

    (3)
  • Dalton D.

    Very tasty bao and chicken herbs broth. However just acknowledge that the combo of 2 baos and the herbs broth is more expensive than separate buy. Is that a cheat?

    (3)
  • Allen H.

    It's Americanized Chinese bao. Subpar in every way. If you really want to try good Chinese bao, go to Chinatown. The concept is interesting though.

    (2)
  • Sara T.

    2-3 buns and you'll be full. It's an Americanized take on the traditional Chinese bao zi (steamed bun). I prefer traditional fillings. At Wow Bao the spicy Mongolian beef is the closest to traditional tasting and probably my favorite of all the options. The ginger drinks are very strongly gingered. Not for me, but my sister seemed to love it.

    (3)
  • Dan B.

    Ah, it was ok. stopped by for some pork buns and chicken buns before heading to the 360 observatory. I like the chicken teriyaki the best.

    (3)
  • Nicole H.

    I just wanted to grab something small and fast to stave of the hunger for another hour or so. I decided on a chicken curry bao, mongolian beef bao and an original ginger ale(I will never pass up house-made ginger ale).It was decent. The ale alone will get me to return to try other items.

    (3)
  • Susana F.

    Great for a quick bite while strolling through Chicago. The pork buns were pretty good. My favorite was the chicken teriyaki.

    (4)
  • Haley B.

    I love bao! Wow Bao is wonderful. Conveniently located at the entrance of Water Tower Place, it was really easy to find and get to from our hotel. There was a line to order, but WB also has kiosks where you can order electronically and there was no line there. They were easy and fun to use. I ordered two bao, the curried chicken and General Tsao's. Both were excellent, though curried chicken was definitely my favorite. My sister ordered a curry bowl and it was really good too! We shared an order of steamed dumplings that we also enjoyed. I wish we had Wow Bao in Utah! The value and quality were both great!

    (4)
  • Hannah H.

    About a 2-2.5: After roaming around on Michigan Avenue, we came to check Wow Bao out for a quick snack. There was a huge line, so that was quite exciting! We chose to order their 1/2 dozen, eliminating the 'sweet buns' and going for their savories: teriyaki chicken, spicy kung pao chicken, whole wheat edamame, thai curry chicken, spicy mongolian beef, and bbq pork baos. It seemed that after the first couple of buns, they all manage to taste the same :P I think my favorite out of the whole set was the whole wheat edamame, with whole edamames in a wheat bao - no sauce in this one - pure vegetarian-like. I've also had their 'signature homemade' ginger ale - it was like sparkling water with ginger syrup. +wheat edamame

    (3)
  • Srishti K.

    This is a comment on the service for this place rather than Wow Bao in general. Being in Water Tower, this location seems to get pretty busy and it's pretty understaffed. I ordered one bao (just one) and the time it took to get it was absurd. After waiting 15 minutes, I finally got frustrated and complained. The guy behind the counter apologized and made sure to make my order next. As I walked out the door to eat my bao, I realized that there was a free bao in there....so I guess it was worth it?

    (3)
  • Stacey K.

    Simple, cheap and delicious. Order at a kiosk for even speedier service. The bao are delicious and the Thai herb broth is the perfect remedy for the chills. Ginger ale is made on site and tastes unique and spicy - if you're looking for Canada Dry, avoid! Will be back for a quick handheld meal on the go.

    (4)
  • Jenny L.

    This cute little bao shop has a great assortment of baos. We actually went here 3 days straight to order something. We ordered the mongolian beef, curry chicken, kung pao chicken, bbq pork, and chocolate. The mongolian and kung pao are my favorites, they have great flavor and have a nice kick to it.

    (4)
  • Louise G.

    Love all wow bao locations, these are incredible and even better when you just want to grab a quick bite to eat and fill up-be warned that these fluffy dough like drops are a lot more filling than you would think, I definitely over ordered my first time not that it was a problem! I have been back many times and always leave satisfied

    (5)
  • Livvy O.

    I was out Christmas shopping and about to head on the L back home so I decided to grab a pork bao to go. The place is in Water Tower place in the entrance so I thought it would be a quick stop since it's not really a restaurant, but a stand. I had to wait 10 minutes for it! But I have to say this was the best dumpling I've had and I can be really picky with dumplings.

    (4)
  • Kallie A.

    Absolutely amazing! This is my first time eating a Bao and I wish I lived in Chicago so I can eat more. My mom and I ate here when shopping on Michigan Ave. We got one Kung pou chicken bao each. They were so soft and fuffy. When I took the first bite I was in love ! The Kung pou chicken was delicious. We actually liked it so much we went down and got more. We also got to try the coconut custard bao and it was delicious as well. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone going to Chicago.

    (5)
  • Lisa L.

    Fast, efficient, many different kinds, always a great place to grab a few on your way out of Water Tower Place. Thai coffee too sweet not that great.

    (4)
  • Eric P.

    Wow! Delicious bbq pork buns!!! I will go back! It is a bit of a long walk to the far end of Michfan Ave by it is totally worth it. I wish I could go there more often!!!

    (5)
  • Paddu P.

    NOMS! Had their ground beef and dessert baos. Delicious! Their service is slow. But mine was hot and fresh. Great for when you're shopping and starving. Quick and easy bite to grab!

    (4)
  • Jimmy N.

    Yummy yummy big city goodness. It's a super quick snack that's easy to consume on the run and while covered in layers of snow. But be aware you can get pretty full off those boas. BBQ boas are the best and the lemonade is delish!

    (5)
  • Vee K.

    Fresh ginger ginger ale is delicious, not yucky sweet at all. My friend got a Thai curry bun and a chocolate banana bun. Says she feels like she is back in Thailand. Super fast service. Just have to find a place to sit and eat. We went up one floor and sat in a comfy alcove and people watched while we snacked.

    (4)
  • Tavi J.

    When I'm in the mood for a little something different I come here. This location is fast and it's conviently located on the lower level of the water tower. I usually pick up a little something before I shop. Savory wise I normally get the Teriaki Chicken Bao. It's a little on the sweet side and has a good flavor to it. I also enjoy the chocolate bao. Warning though it's messy. It never fails I will take the smallest bite and chocolate just starts oozing out every where. Be prepared with a napkin. They also have combo meals. I've gotten one once and it came with their thai herb broth. Great for a cold winter day and reasonably priced.

    (3)
  • Linda L.

    Don't come here if you want authenticity. Then again, that's not what they're aiming for. I had their chicken dumplings, which were very flat with a sad lack of filling compared to what I consider dumplings. Their buns are all pretty sweet-tasting. All in all, not bad not if you just want buns, but a bad choice if you want authentic buns. Overpriced for what you get.

    (2)
  • Natasha A.

    This place was located in one of the shopping malls close to my hotel, and it offered a quick snack for me while I waited for my room to be ready. The food was ok, considering it is a fast food joint, but I will not be coming back for seconds. Food: The menu of this joint is mainly filled with different types of steamed Chinese buns, with a small assortment of noodles and soups. I got a curry chicken bun, BBQ pork bun and a ginger ale. Both steamed buns were ok but not very authentic as far as the flavors. The texture of the bun itself was nice, soft and warm, but the sizes are so small! They aren't even the size of my palm, and I have small hands. Maybe I am spoiled because I live in an area (San Francisco bay area) where you can get softball sized authentic steamed buns for about the same price. I was expecting 2 buns to be enough for lunch, but it ended up being a just a snack. The ginger ale was way too gingery. It was so gingery-spicy that I would consider it undrinkable. After a few sips I had to throw it away. Price: The price of their items seems reasonable, but I would say their steamed buns are way over priced for their size. $1.50 for 1 bun seems cheap, but if you need to buy a dozen buns to feel full it's not really a good deal. If you are just looking for a light snack this place is great because you can get a few different items for a very cheap price. Atmosphere: This place is considered a fast food counter inside of a mall, so there really isn't much atmosphere to it. There is no immediate seating by the food stand, but if you take the escalators up a bit you can find some tables and benches to eat at on the higher levels. Staff / Service: The cashier was very friendly and welcomed each guest with a smile. I ordered using the kiosks because I thought that would be fun (and it gave me plenty of time to browse the food options.) The staff who put your food order together seemed very stressed out and didn't smile at all as they yelled out order numbers. I don't expect much from a fast food joint, but at least the guy who was taking orders seemed friendly. This place is great for a quick, cheap snack if you are shopping in the mall, but I would not go out of my way to each here. There was nothing really special about their food, but at least it was different than the typical fast food counters you see in malls.

    (2)
  • Vivienne H.

    I think this is the most authentic restaurant for people looking for Chinese Bao and salad noodles! Bao with Teriyaki chicken or BBQ pork were our favorite, and I'll have spicy peanut noodles every time! You will find tables upstairs, this bothered us at the first time. Servers are friendly and efficient. There're another 3 WOW BAOs in the downtown, this one is not taking delivery orders, the Wacker Dr one do.

    (5)
  • Jessica A.

    Thai curry and pork bao WOW. Perfect snack before shopping around the area. The line moves fast and your order is ready in less than 5 minutes. Warm fluffy buns were perfectly delicious.

    (5)
  • Jenny H.

    Absolutely amazing. Thai Chicken Curry was the BEST. Like coconut? Go for the coconut custard. SO yummy. Pomegranate ginger ale was so delicious. Take me back!!!

    (5)
  • Yvonne B.

    I've been interested in checking out Wow Bao for ages! It took the Elemental Yelp event at Castle to introduce me. I tried Teriyaki Chicken Bao and Spicy Mongolian Beef Bao. And check me out. I've been craving it ever since. I woke up talking to M about it. I was like "I'm going to eat Bao Wow for lunch today!!!" (yeah, I had it backwards but I was absolutely stoked this rainy day). I looked it up online and scouted out the locations. I was STOKED to see that the Jewel down the street carries them in the frozen section. And then M pointed out that the building next to her work has a Wow Bao location that's open for breakfast! So, I joined M for her commute to work and we stopped in to get some Wow Bao together. She got some oatmeal (she said it hit the spot) and I got a box of six baos: two Coconut Custard Baos and four BBQ Pork Baos. I brought them back to M's place and have been eating them while watching my shows (I think this may be the PERFECT way to spend my day off!). The guy at Wow Bao was super friendly. He seemed genuine and happy. What made him skyrocket awesome to me is that he explained that I could give them five minutes and they could steam any bao I wanted (such as a lunch time bao for breakfast). That's just amazing because I'm not the biggest fan of eggs and I was crazy about the flavors I had at the Yelp event. The actual location of this Wow Bao was pretty tiny. It did have a few places to sit, but it was pretty obvious that it's the type of place where you grab your food and go. That's cool for me!

    (5)
  • Sylvia C.

    Love the concept...fast food steamed buns filled with meat. You can order them in the kiosks...ready to eat or frozen for take home. Reasonably price for snack food. The fillings are too saucy and americanized for my palette.

    (3)
  • Shelly M.

    My boyfriend and I tried the BBQ pork, chicken teriyaki, Kung pao chicken, and spicy Mongolian beef. Our favorites were the BBQ pork and chicken teriyaki. The other two were okay. The baos are pretty filling, but overpriced. I would rather go to Chinatown and get more for your money, but not a bad place for baos when you aren't close to Chinatown.

    (3)
  • Haley F.

    Big fan of this place - if you're looking for a place to get a quick, affordable, and filling bite to eat, this is it. All of their chicken baos are great - I love the thai curry one and the spicy teriyaki. I also have had their soups and thought they were pretty tasty. Great casual place to grab a filling meal - quality ingredients, fast and polite service.

    (5)
  • Michelle C.

    My boyfriend and I were wandering around Water Tower Place and saw "Wow Bao" in the directory. We immediately needed to find it (he was craving BBQ Pork Buns). Since we had never been to this mall before, we had some difficulty finding it, but BAM, there it was by one of the entrances. It's a fast food type of place with cute decor. They have many flavors you can choose from, but since we were going to have dinner in a bit, we snacked on two: the Thai Curry Chicken & BBQ Pork. The chicken was definitely unique but didn't blow my mind. The BBQ Pork was OK - lackluster compared to what I've had in the past. In my opinion, the price was a bit much: almost $2 each for a 2- bite bao. For mall food, that seems pretty steep. Other than that, staff was nice and their seating is inconveniently located on the next level up. If I"m ever back in Chicago I'd definitely try a few of their other flavors!

    (3)
  • Brenda T.

    Sure these buns are Americanized, but sometimes an authentic dim sum place filled with steamy carts is not readily available. I ordered a refreshing cold peanut noodle salad and two steamed buns - Thai Curry Chicken and the seasonal Pumpkin bao. I liked the salty and sweet combination, and this helped me avoid getting dessert later in the day. The buns are small with limited filling, so the fun was in trying something new if you want to shake up your snack routine while shopping in Water Tower Place.

    (3)
  • Grant P.

    Wow Bao. You make my heart sing. You make everything...delicious! Ok, so Wow Bao needs a new review like I need a delicious steamed Asian bun. (Read: Not at all). I doubt many folks outside of my Yelp friendship circle will even read this, but I don't curr because I heart them so much and they deserve all five of my stars. My wife and I have been patronizing the WB (that stands for Wow Bao, for those of you who didn't get it) since forever ago when they first arrived in Water Tower Place. Super jazzed were we when they expanded across the rest of the city (and howzabout a little love for the suburbs, eh?). The steamed buns come in a variety of wonderful flavors. Read all about them throughout the rest of the reviews above and below this one. My favorites are the curry chicken and mongolian beef. Wonderful. I usually get full on about 3-4 of them. They're perfectly portable and great for snacking on as you explore WT Place or the surrounding wonderfulness of The Magnificent Mile. I am in love with their homemade ginger ale. Which is made from real ginger, but thankfully not real gingers. I was scared there for a minute, afraid they might try to cultivate me for their soda. It's not safe to be a ginger in this world, lemmetellya. In other news, I recently discovered that they have these wonderful bowls that are topped with the same fillings they use inside their buns. I had a thai curry chicken bowl. You can pick from rice or quinoa and healthy lunches make me happy, especially since I'm doing this calorie counting thing. The whole bowl was well within my limit. And I was pleased to find that most of the bao themselves hover under 200 calories a piece. This place is awesome. Wow Bao...I think I love you.

    (5)
  • Corelle P.

    Wow to the Bao! My first time going to Wow Bao was in the year 2004. I was hanging out with friends at Water Tower, trying to decide what to have for lunch= McDonalds or Wow Bao. Looking back I'm glad we went to Wow Bao. Ever since then I tried almost every freshly steamed, savory asian bun they offered!

    (5)
  • Burt M.

    Love the service. Always friendly. I am willing to swim through the sea of blind, idiot tourists that gather out front just to get a hold of one of their soft, warm carb and meat filled balls. Seriously what more can you ask for? Two of the greatest things God created on the 3rd and 7th day (bread and meat respectively) perfectly blended together, under the same principles rivaling that of our solar-system, achieving palate-blowing homeostasis. Meals on plates and sandwiches are sloppy and is a two-handed chore. This architectural ingenuity conveniently packs the meat (seasoned with Asian awesomeness) in a one-handed, two fingered cuisine that would make Frank Lloyd Wright and Leonardo da Vinci roll over in their graves. The history behind this Pritzker Award deserving concept roots back to the Chinese being brought over to America for plantation labor. They needed a quick, on-the-go meal. Though plantations today are arguably gone, our fast-paced lives still demand the on-the-go meal and should be a staple to any business man or soccer mom today.

    (5)