bopNgrill: Korean burgers and fries

July 17 2014 - 9:00 AM

Located steps off of Loyola’s campus, bopNgrill shot to fame after being featured on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives a few years ago.  Since the episode aired, bopNgrill has attracted a loyal following and received numerous awards and recognition from various Chicago media outlets.

Considering I was venturing to the restaurant from the Loop, the trek up north to Loyola was a bit tedious. After I got over my impatience with the  CTA, I walked into the restaurant starving and ready to eat.  I quickly decided to order the Loco Moco burger, simply because I am partial to the combination of fried eggs and hamburgers.

Their burgers are all cooked to medium, and my choice was served with a rib gravy, caramelized onions, bacon, sharp cheddar and an extra-runny egg. It was extremely messy and absolutely delicious. I inhaled the burger and set my eyes on the rest of my order: the Kimchi fries.

Spicy pickled cabbage, or kimchi, is the national dish of Korea and a popular ingredient at bopNgrill. In general, I’m not the biggest fan of french fries. These Kimchi fries, however, were game changers. They were served fresh out of the fryer and were perfectly crisp. The fries were served with caramelized kimchi, cheese sauce, bacon, scallions, and sesame seeds, and were devoured by my friend and I. I would definitely recommend these.

My friend ordered the Bavarian burger, which came on a pretzel bun and had sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, bacon, and dusseldorf mustard. She said that it was pretty good but would definitely order the Loco Moco burger next time.

Bavarian BurgerbopNgrill also has traditional Korean plates such as Bulkogi and Bi Bim Bop, and creative dishes such as Tofu & Kimchi, Spam & Eggs, and Chicken Katsu. Next time I make the trek up north, I plan to try the Umami burger, which was ranked as one of the top Umami burgers in the country by Men’s Journal. It comes with a truffled mushroom duxelle, sun-dried tomato confit, togarashi mayo, bacon, and smoked gouda.

bopNgrill is certainly worthy of the awards and recognition, and I look forward to returning soon.

6604 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 654-3224