accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Downtown lunch find: Dolsot bi bim bap

Georgia’s Best Bento (B.B.Q.) — and, yes, that’s the name — has long been one of those anodyne downtown Asian cafeterias that serves a mixture of ersatz Japanese food and ersatz Chinese food for office workers who exchange $6 for 1,000 calories or so. 

But lately the owners have been featuring more and more of their native Korean cooking — perhaps a bid for the Korean-American students at Georgia State. 

I decided to give the bi bim bap a try and was glad I did. The owner offered a choice of the regular version in a porcelain bowl or the “hot” in a superheated volcanic stone bowl called a dolsot (pictured). It came out in five minutes, its bed of rice sizzling loudly and topped with a colorful array of fresh and marinated veggies and beef bulgogi (chicken is also available). 

How was? Good, if lacking the all-important fried egg on top. The iceberg lettuce at 4 o’clock in the picture seemed a funny budget stretcher. But with a healthy squirt of spicy gochujang and a good stir, I was a happy luncher. The rice touching the surface had crisped up nicely. The last crunchy bits I pried off were like dessert. 

This isn’t a bi bim bap to compare with any on Buford Highway, but, hey — it beats another Subway run. 

Georgia’s Best Bento (B.B.Q.) is at 50 Broad St., at the corner of Walton.

2 comments Add your comment

Darin

April 17th, 2009
9:03 am

Cool, I love bi bim bap and I also love the Broad Street strip of lunch places. I’ve never been tempted enough to try out this one, but I’ll put it on my list. My favorite place to get bi bim bap was a Korean place on BuHi about a mile south of 285 behind Chef Liu, but they closed last year. Any suggestions for a substitute Korean place in that ITP BuHi area would be welcome :)

Speaking of Broad St., anyone looking for a good lunch there should try the Eastsider sandwich at Reuben’s. Best. Sandwich.Ever.

Joy

April 17th, 2009
12:14 pm

If you’re looking for a good dol sol bi bim bap (stone bowl), the best is at Han Il Kwan. All of my Korean friends go there just to eat that.

5458 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340

(770) 457-3217