I’d long heard raves about Korean eatery BBBop Seoul Kitchen on Upper Greenville, but I’ve never been. Well, now that Dallas restaurant has birthed a new fast-casual concept that keeps the original’s Korean-fusion flair, this time at a modern spot on booming Lower Greenville.
I got to check out an array of menu items on a recent visit; here’re some highlights …
The Lower Greenville digs are definitely industrial chic in feel, with brushed concrete floors, metal chairs, vintage light bulbs and wood and brick touches everywhere. Perfect for a girlfriend dinner, or lunch with your work mates.
The rice bowls — called bops, above — are what this brand is known for, and they’re phenomenal. I tasted the Spicy Chicken & Dumplings bop and the Old School bop, with steak. Both came with a ton of fresh and pickled vegetables over rice, the proteins and either a scrambled or fried egg. The spicy chicken was a fiery delight, with chunks of white meat tossed in a red pepper sauce; those flavors played nicely with the zing of the pickled carrots and cabbage.
An absolute must if you dine here is the Not Your Mama’s Fried Chicken, a half-bird that’s Korean-fried and tossed in either a spicy chili or soy-ginger sauce. I’m still in awe of its greaseless finish and light-and-crisp coating, and that soy glaze was the stuff of dreams. Note that the Krispy K Wings aren’t quite the same as the half-bird — which should just inspire you to go big or go home, y’all.
Another solid dish, sold as a small plate but TOTALLY a meal by itself, are the Gangnam kimchi fries (below). I love kimchi, and I love fries, but never have I thought the two would go well together, despite the rabid popularity of that entree. Oh, was I a convert after digging into this pile of ranch-flavored fries stacked with curry, braised pork, kimchi and peppers … and a fried egg. Decadent, to say the least, and worth every calorie.
The only misses for me were the pork-and-beef potstickers and the seared and glazed pork belly. Neither was awful by any stretch; they simply didn’t hit the heights of the greats!
Promise me you won’t miss the specialty juices on tap at BBBop Seoul. Promise! My guest and I were raving over how fresh and delicious the green tea mint lemonade and hibiscus limeade are. Also on hand: a selection of Asian beers, soju teas and makkoli, a Korean rice wine.
BBBop Seoul, with its modern Korean-food stylings, is a nice, varied addition to the bustling Lowest Greenville dining scene. I’ll be back for you, fried chicken and kimchi fries!