San Soo Gab San
No one does banchan better than San Soo Gab San, a casual Lincoln Square Korean BBQ spot that's been around since 1992. The moment you sit down at this Chicago staple, your table is immediately overtaken by side dishes that make free table bread feel like a minimal effort. From kimchi, to broccoli muchin, to myeolchi bokkeum, there are over 25 things to snack on between bites of grilled meat. And the seasoned meats here are fantastic—get the thinly sliced bulgogi and their sweet and savory wang kalbi, which get a boost of charcoal flavor from their grills. The dark, smoky interior is large, so it’s perfect for celebrating the end of a long week with some friends to not only help you finish the meat, but also tackle all of the banchan.
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