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Sometime early last year it switched hands, and got a new name—Rice 'n Bread—and a spiffy makeover, both of which much diminished its battered charm. The good news is the menu stayed virtually the same, apart from the addition of a handful of new Korean dishes, like bul dak—fried chicken in chile sauce—and a kimchi tofu salad.
But the most remarkable new item is the galbi burger, a minced-short-rib patty with lettuce, tomato, cheese, spicy mayo, and an option for "caramelized" kimchi, all stacked on a pretzel roll. What's so unusual about that? It's an Americanized version of tteokgalbi, which one could say is the Korean answer to the hamburger.
According to the video embedded below, they chop the short-rib meat fresh daily at Rice 'n Bread, and though it isn't as highly seasoned as the straight tteokgalbi I've eaten in my day, the texture is really good: coarse, meaty, and substantial. It comes with fries for a very reasonable $5.45, with a $1 upcharge for the kimchi, which mingles with the melted cheese and more than makes up for the mild marinade.
Rice 'n Bread, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4452, ricenbread.com