Yeowoosai | West Ridge | Bar, Asian, Korean | Bar

Yeowoosai

Hours: Dinner: seven days
Open late: Saturday till 5, Friday till 4, other nights till 2

Price: $$

Chicago's oldest Korean bar, offering "edgy" food, plus K-pop videos and sports on eight screens.

Restaurant Details

Open since 1995, Yeowoosai has a spacious bar and booths; exposed ductwork and giant wagon wheels on the walls give it a sort of mismatched steampunk look. Yeowoosai does buldak ("fire chicken"), but its most popular dish is daktigem, or popcorn chicken, an enormous pile of heavily breaded boneless bird bits that comes plain or drenched in a sticky-sweet sauce. Budae jigae, aka "army stew," is also big—that's perhaps Korea's first Western-fusion food, a spicy kimchi soup that can contain things like hot dogs, Spam, and American cheese, historically proffered by American GIs. But the real showstopper at Yeowoosai is the kimchi bokkeumbap, an enormous skillet of kimchi fried rice that can be upgraded with Spam, bacon, eggs, chicken, potatoes, and, of course, melted cheese. By the time I got to this at the end of a long night it exhausted me. But the following morning I was shoveling it into my gob like an ape. Yeowoosai, whose name is a truncated sentence meaning "Let's talk about love," has a bar that's stocked, with a big list of craft beers and fruity cocktails.

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Price: $$

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Chicago's oldest Korean bar, offering "edgy" food, plus K-pop videos and sports on eight screens.

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