Hours: Breakfast, lunch: Sunday, Tuesday-Saturday
American grill classics plus Korean standards like bi bim bop in the shadow of the el tracks.
A trip to Noon Hour Grill is like a visit to grandma's—if, unlike mine, your grandma was serene, a good cook, and listened to classical radio rather than Lawrence Welk. A small breakfast-and-lunch spot manned single-handedly by grill veteran Susie Lee, it offers an appealing mix of Korean standards and American breakfast fare. Omelets range from bulgogi and kimchi to bologna and cheese to ginger, garlic, and carrot, a new favorite of ours; all come with toast and golden hash browns (you can substitute rice). We can never resist the pajun (Korean pancake), light, savory, and served with a homemade jalapeño soy sauce. Susie's bi bim bop is famous in the neighborhood, and while the rice crust wasn't as crispy as the best I've had and the fried egg could have been runnier, it was satisfying, down-home comfort food. Other entrees include kalbi, chap chae, filling soups, and fried rice, and there are daily specials both in-house and to go.
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