Subway: Red to Loyola(773) 654-3224 bngrill.com42.002720 -87.660939 6604 N Sheridan Rd (between Albion and North Shore Aves) Rogers Park, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $10
Korean-American mash-ups are certainly nothing new (ditto for the Korean-Mexican eats Kogi catapulted to national fame), but this sparse Rogers Park spot manages to execute its concoctions with enough pizzazz to have you reconsidering fusion as a whole. Sure, straight-shooters can do well with “bop plates” like traditional short ribs over rice, but we prefer the loosely packed burgers topped with an oozing fried egg, funky kimchi and a squirt of gochujang (fermented chili paste). Surprisingly, the cream of the crop is a side: piping hot french fries drowned in a creamy mess of cheddar, bacon and kimchi. Yeah, we know, others do it too—but bopNgrill does it best.