Chicago >Red Top Grill
“BBop is a place where both Korean food first-timers and Korean nationals can feel comfortable.”
“We tried the beef kalbi, kimchee jigae (soup), and kimchee pajeon: all were made with good ingredients and were not too salty, as some Korean food can be.”
“have never been big on Asian cuisine, but this menu is amazing.”
“The service was impeccable and I appreciate that the whole place is very very clean.”
“Fabulous, affordable, Korean food in a relaxed yet clean and cool atmosphere”
Fabulous, affordable, Korean food in a relaxed yet clean and cool atmosphere.
I took a friend after I was told I "had to go". I have never been big on Asian cuisine, but this menu is amazing. The Kimchee and Vegetable pancakes are a must have, as well as the beef Bulgogi!! I ordered WAY too much, but took it home and reheated it the next day and it was great.
The service was impeccable and I appreciate that the whole place is very very clean. Lovely atmosphere and the parking was not bad. We stayed quite a long time, but I never felt that they wanted to get the table "turned", and the waiter kept coming by to check but never interrupted the conversation. Love that!
There isn't anyone I would not send to this restaurant, as you can go as hot or mild as you like, and there are dishes that are good for timid eaters as well as the adventurous ones. Can't wait to go back.
awesome banchan. yeah the restaurant name is bizarre...but it's pretty cozy inside and their banchan is really fresh..if you don't feel like drive up north for korean food this is the place to go.. i hope korean food does not become so americanized...you can not americanize the korean food like sushi is becoming..
mean galbi. chef choe can cook up some mean galbi..better than sansoo bab san north.... but i heard he might not be around in this location much longer.. ..only go there when he is around.. not some mexican people cooking for you...watch out for his new restaurant soon
Authentic Korean Food in a Central Location.
Red Top Grill (in the process of changing its name to BBop Lounge) has finally filled what I have always thought is a major gap: good, authentic Korean restaurants in a nice environment and central location. BBop is a place where both Korean food first-timers and Korean nationals can feel comfortable.
I lived in Korea for the last 2 years, and my wife is Korean, and we both give high ratings to the chef. We tried the beef kalbi, kimchee jigae (soup), and kimchee pajeon: all were made with good ingredients and were not too salty, as some Korean food can be. The side dishes were plentiful and unlimited (as they should be at a true Korean restaurant), but interestingly the rice was also unlimited. Needless to say, we left the restaurant feeling quite satisfied.
Three things set this restaurant apart from the older-style traditional restaurants in the city:
- The service was impecable.
- The decor has a modern lounge-like atmospher.
- The location is in Old Town, just south of the Brown Line Sedgwick station, making it the most centrally located real Korean restaurant that I know of in the city.
This is a new restaurant, and I wish them all the best!
Editorial Review. Korean barbecue sizzles on the built-in gas grills at this Old Town restaurant occupying the old Heat space.
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