Korean Restaurants in Illinois

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None other than the Chicago Reader praises Feast for its ability to “consistently [hit] the bull’s-eye.” This is quite the accomplishment, considering the eclectic menu’s penchant for running all over the place. Blackened fish tacos, maple-glazed pork chops, and butternut-squash ravioli are just a few of the dishes that seem worlds apart from one another, yet share tables in harmony at Feast.

These dishes, after all, are not so unalike as they may seem. Everything is crafted from quality ingredients and plated with a meticulous eye. Even the burgers and pizzas rise above expectations due to the chefs’ exacting commitment to quality, as does a bread assortment complete with cheddar-chipotle biscuits. In the summer months, guests can enjoy their meals on the outdoor patio. This is an especially popular option for brunch crowds or for those known to compulsively throw wine glasses over their shoulders.

1616 North Damen Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

Kuma's Cuisine

Kuma’s serves the tastiest collection of Asian dishes including Korean, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and other South East Asian cuisines. Kuma’s makes its own sauce recipes in order to enhance authentic Asian dishes, thus creating a contemporary – new Asian flair.

420 E State St
Rockford,
IL
US

From within Ding Dong Dang’s variously sized private rooms, drifts the sounds of singers living out vocal dreams previously unleashed exclusively in the safety of the car or shower. As crooners belt out popular songs or fill in forgotten lyrics with their social security numbers, the bar concocts drinks to lubricate parched windpipes, drawing heavily upon the dulcet notes of a Korean liquor called soju. Against the soundtrack of newly proud singing and clinking glasses, dishes clatter against tables, laden with Asian options including breaded pork donkatsu, crisp popcorn chicken, and pingsu, a dessert that combines red beans, fruit, and ice.

224 E Golf Rd
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

BopNgrill serves original fusion cuisine that is equal parts American fast food and Korean culinary tradition. Its menu of intriguing dishes will tickle the brain's reward centers while peaking comestible curiosity. Order up a bop plate such as the marinated beef short ribs ($9) or two grilled tilapia filets ($8)—all bop dishes come side-kicked with rice, a side salad, and fries. The restaurant’s signature burgers are made from 100% fresh Angus beef, and include options such as the kimchi ($5.99), a single patty crowned with sautéed kimchi, a fried egg, bacon, cheese, kochujang, and cabbage. Or opt for the dynamic aquatic landlubbery of the surf and turf ($6.99), a single patty with jumbo shrimp, bacon, barbecue sauce, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Non-traditional eggrolls ($2 each) come in a number of odd variations sure to titillate even the stodgiest anthropologist, such as Philly cheesesteak, mac 'n' cheese, and hot fudge brownie. Grab quick and tasty grub and return to your cataloguing of every word in twin-speak with bopNgrill.

1903 Church Street
Evanston,
IL
US

Growing up in his parent’s Chinese restaurant in South Korea, Bruce Liou learned to craft noodles by hand at the age of 12. A decade after moving to the US, he and his wife Marsha opened Singapore Grill, building a menu inspired by his travels to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, and the space station owned by Nicolas Cage. Diners seated next to a potted palm tree can sample 12 types of steak, dig into beef stir-fry and pineapple fried rice, pick from a roster of 11 specialty sushi rolls, and play slot and poker machines.

6390 E Riverside Blvd
Loves Park,
IL
US

More than 15 years of preparing sushi at upscale locales have imbued chef Soon Park with a deep regard for this culinary tradition. Still, he isn't afraid to push his creations into the oven once and a while—his signature Dragon Breath roll sprinkles bread crumbs and garlic over shrimp tempura, which bakes in the kitchen before spicy mayo, chili sauce, and chili tobiko provide a finishing garnish. A simultaneous devotion to ritual and experimentation has enabled Chef Soon to complement these inventive rolls with sushi mainstays, such as Japanese-imported red snapper nigiri and fresh tuna sashimi. Whether he's dreaming up a new entree or wrapping a California roll, his mission remains the same: give each ingredient its due time in the spotlight. Rather than mask flavors with soy sauce or chopsticks made from cinnamon sticks, Chef Soon carefully balances each taste and texture within a given dish. Tender eel precedes crisp bites of lobster tempura on the Golden Lobster roll, which also surprises palates with the tang of spicy mayo and unagi sauces. The Octo nigiri, meanwhile, contrasts spicy salmon with spicy octopus, and a filo-wrapped ahi appetizer deep-fries tuna, cream cheese, and avocado into a flaky shell.

1600 Maple Avenue
Lisle,
IL
US