Albany Park has everything from Korean and Mexican to Middle Eastern. It's one of the city's larger melting pots, and the restaurant options can be a little overwhelming if you're just driving around trying to pick a place. I decided to go with my gut instinct on this one.
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Joong Boo Market just got a little more accessible, with the opening just a few weeks ago of a dumpling stand next to the entrance. In the tiny metal and glass booth, a couple of cooks turn out exactly three items, all priced at $2 each.
As I passed by the food court near Clark & Lake again, I noticed a new bright green awning advertising a place called K-Kitchen, selling Korean food. "This is the food of my people!" I thought. "If I don't go in, I'll bring shame upon myself for not supporting my heritage." So I stepped in and I was suddenly reminded about why I never go in.
While this list is by no means complete, these are 20 dishes that get us excited about Korean food in Chicago.
This is a tale of two radically different versions of the same dish, the Korean bowl of rice, vegetables, meat and egg. Is one right and one wrong? Or is it all good? Let's find out.
There's no real reason these chicken wings from Joong Boo are so good, but I crave them like a five year old binging on yesterday's Halloween candy haul.
Other dishes here are decent, but this is really a one-dish spot—clean and bright and well run. Good fried chicken. No waiting.
There's not much from the road that would convince you to give Dancen a try, let alone that it'd have something on its menu as fantastic as fire chicken.
Thanks to the delicately breaded and fried shrimp, it's lighter than most banh mi I've tried. The menu says this one doesn't have the Korean red pepper aioli, but it was totally on mine and I count as a victory.
Korean food is simpler and homier than, say, Japanese food, though the two cuisines do share some characteristics—the combination of sweet and savory flavors, plenty of seafood, and lots of grilled and simmered dishes. Check out the eight dishes you can't leave Seoul without eating.
If Edward Hopper were Korean, he probably wouldn't have modeled his famous Nighthawks painting after a Greenwich Village diner. Rather, he might have considered Susie's Noon Hour Grill in Chicago's Rogers Park. Susie's doesn't have much neon but there's...