When you think bibimbap, San Francisco isn't usually the first place that comes to mind. You might even say that Korean food isn't a big Bay Area thing at all. But there may come a time, when, as a person living in the Bay Area, you might start craving some bibimbap. There's about a 95% chance of this happening at some point in your life.
So let's recap: The Bay Area is not the bibimbap/Korean food capital of America, but it does have some great options for when you're craving a hot pot of rice. We've compiled a list of such places, many of which are cozy, mom and pop style joints, where you can satisfy your bibimbap cravings, and feel like a boss for knowing all the great little Korean spots around. Now the next time you're arguing with friends about the correct way to spell bibimbap, (there IS no correct way in the English language; thanks Wikipedia!) you'll know where to actually get some of that egg-y, kimchi-y goodness.
A great spot to hit up when you're hungover. Although, we suppose all bibimbap is great for when you're hungover.
A small, cozy, corner spot, serving up super classic Korean food.
Namu Gaji is a nouveau Korean fusion spot, but the stone pot bibimbap is pretty classic.
Located inside the International Food Court, gives Bibimbar "hidden gem" appeal. Go for the dolsot (stone bowl) bibimbap.
A decidedly unfancy joint, with a homey feel. Sensing a theme here?
Pyeongchang Tofu House is popular for its combination of traditional Korean dishes along with more modern dishes. Guess what? They have bibimbap.
The literal name of this place is "The Store On the Corner." Quick, cheap, and tasty.
In the mood to watch the game and throw back a few brews while enjoying your bibimbap? This is your spot.
Located in the Lawrence Square Shopping Center in Santa Clara, Jang Su Jang is great for bibimbap, and also for grilling your own food on the table in front of you.