Are you looking for umami in the tteokbokki, dumplings, fried rice, and the best of Korean cuisine in Chicago? These restaurants offer the ultimate taste of Korea. In fact, most of them are located in an area that is informally called KoreaTown Chicago because you will find anything that involves the Korean culture, from fabrics to spices and more. Drop by any of them to taste authentic spice, food, and drink.
801 Civic Center Dr, Apt N, Niles, IL 60714-3245
Durebak is a small restaurant located inside the Super H Mart that also offers a wide array of Korean dishes. The food is authentic and is reasonably priced, so you take your entire family for a day out. It is also a great spot to replenish or treat yourself when you are out on a shopping spree. You are going to enjoy the beef bibimpap. It is served in a “get full’ portion at a great price. The tables are separated properly for social distancing so you can sit if you want to sit with some friends.
Chu Ga Dek Snacks
8901 N Milwaukee Ave ASSI International Plaza, Niles, IL 60714
There are foods that have become popular over time due to the popularity of Korean Dramas. Foods like these, including sushi, gimbap, tteokbokki, pajeon, soondae, have become a staple of Korean orders, especially to those who are just discovering more about the culture. Chu Ga Dek Snacks focuses on preparing these snacks authentically for everyone. If you have been binging on a K-Drama and the food looks enticing, this is the one eatery to call for an order of the same. Don’t worry if you cannot pronounce the name properly; they got you.
2940 N Broadway Ave Chicago, IL 60657
Sweet and sour chicken wings are a staple in Korean cuisine, and there is no better place to get a variety of wings than at Crisp. I mean, it is in the name. Crispy, honied, spicy, and any variation you want of chicken wings you want will be served up. If it’s your first time there, ask for the buffalo wings that are usually served with some homemade kimchi on the side. The portions are great to kill a craving and handle the hunger pangs. If you like some extra spice, they provide some extra spicy sauce to light up the occasion. Crisp are only operating on take take-away basis at the moment, so you can order in from their website or one of the many apps.
2723 W Lawrence Ave Chicago, IL 60625
Korean barbeque has never tasted better. Hanbat has made a name for itself as one of the best places to enjoy Korean BBQ and some tasty sul lung tang. The food is so well spiced and prepared, a taste it almost transports you to ancient Korea where the soup was popular during harvests. After a long cooking process, the bone marrow slides off the core of the bone and provides a rich biting as you enjoy the soup. You can also go for their cold noodles or tofu stew which taste just as brilliant.
They also have some in-house kimchi made with a recipe they should probably patent because it is unlike any kimchi you have ever tasted. To make service better, the waitress chops it up for you on-site. Order in from them by calling or through their website.
Lai Lai Chinese
8901 N Milwaukee Ave Assi Plz Niles, IL 60714
Lai Lai Chinese is one of the best places to score a blend of Chinese and Korean cuisine. If you are a fan of the Asian palette, you can a great taste of two of them from the same plate at this restaurant. One great example is the jajangmyeon or the Peking noodle that is served with the classic black bean sauce that makes it an authentic Korean dish on one side and the seafood noodle with Chinese flavors. Taste the best of both worlds in one serving in a restaurant dedicating to serving the taste of the east. You can order from their website, their phone call number, or from the food apps available.
36 South Ashland Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60607, United States
Traditional Korean barbeque meets a modern twist at Soju BBQ. The food is authentically Korean with a focus on the barbeque cuts. The chefs select high-quality meats to ensure the seasoning, the cooking method, and the result is a taste journey that will revolutionize the taste of the meat you taste from there henceforth. To bring in the Korean twist, they serve up sides of authentic kimchi and some skewers that are very popular in the Korean street food scene. The sauces range from the normal spice to fire, breathing hot based on how much heat you cannot handle.
San Soo Gab San
5247 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
This is definitely one of the most popular restaurants in the Korean food scene. They have an intense array of foods on the menu like samgyeopsal, jajamyeong, bulgogi, pajeon, and the eve popular Korean chicken are just the tip of the iceberg. The restaurant has won an award for the Best Korean Dining Choice in 2019 thanks to their dedication to bringing the taste of Korea to Chicago. The food is spectacular, and the food is the service is even better. You can also enjoy some soju and other drinks as well. They are open for selective seating, but you can order in through their website or by calling in.
What A Dumpling
801 Civic Center Dr, Niles, IL 60714
If the name does not make you want to order in dumplings, I don’t know what will. This food stand is everything dumplings and more. If your heart beats for dumplings, this is your one-stop-shop for dumplings with both vegetarian and meat options. There are the regular size dumplings and the jumbo size for those who like to indulge more. If it is your first time, try out the jumbo size dumplings because they are affordable and big. You can eat them all at the location or take some home with you. Yes, they are that big.
1751 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
There is something for those with a sweet tooth as well. This bakery bakes tasty bread, buns, and a whole lot of other pastries. You may have eaten mochi elsewhere, but nothing quite like their red bean mochi donuts also called the chap Saal donut or the golden orb. They bake them fresh every day, so you can also buy them to eat as snacks at home. If you want to sit in, you can enjoy the Korean baked goods with an accompaniment a drink. There are different teas, including the popular yulmucha and deserts such as the patbingsu as well.
The taste of Korea is alive in Chicago thanks to the restaurants of Koreatown. Before checking into one, check online whether it is open for dining and whether you should just order and await delivery.