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Sobban Opens in Decatur

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Korean Fried Chicken

Dubbed a Korean-Southern diner, Sobban opened for lunch and dinner on Tuesday in the former Kitsch’n 155 space on Clairmont Road.

Apparently, the name of the new concept from Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee of the wildly popular Heirloom Market BBQ means “Small Wooden Table Set Aside for Humble Meals.”

At lunch on Tuesday, there were a lot of people spilling out onto the front patio and into the parking lot, waiting  for any kind of table.

In fact, the response may have too strong, too soon, because during a phone call this morning, we were informed that the restaurant would not be open for lunch today, but would be open for dinner and would open for lunch, again, October 8.

The opening menu included Korean fried chicken with sweet chili ginger sauce and house made pickled vegetables ($12) at both lunch and dinner. Shrimp soba noodles with daikon and crispy tempura ($9) and a beef bulgogi roll ($9) were on the lunch menu. A surf and turf combo of grilled short rib, tempura shrimp and kimchi sauce ($18) appeared on the dinner menu.

The beverage program features Sprecher soda, Southern sweet tea, an interesting selection of craft beers, including Westbrook  White Thai and Gose, sake, and wine by the glass or bottle.

1788 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 678-705-4233. www.facebook.com/humblemeal.

— Bob Townsend, For AJC Food and More.

27 comments Add your comment

dgroy

October 2nd, 2013
3:31 pm

Food & More / John Kessler

Sobban Opens in Decatur

Please be careful about misleading headlines. This place of business IS NOT within Decatur.

wrong again dgroy

October 2nd, 2013
4:18 pm

The street address for this restaurant is 1788 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033. Please be careful about misleading disagreements with articles.

DisenchantedVoter

October 2nd, 2013
7:25 pm

…actually…@dgroy is correct. Sobban is well outside the city limits of Decatur, though it has a Decatur mailing address.

Regardless, I’m stoked about eating there!

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

October 3rd, 2013
7:18 am

If it has a Decatur mailing address, where is it?

david c

October 3rd, 2013
7:20 am

When I lived in Candler Park, we had an Atlanta address, but were under Decatur jurisdiction.

sansho1

October 3rd, 2013
8:35 am

I’ve been eagerly anticipating their opening — that said, sounds like waiting a few weeks might be the way to go. Hope the owners don’t get too overwhelmed by their successes!

FYI I live down the street from this place, and we’re in unincorporated DeKalb. Whenever I slip and say I live in Decatur, an actual city of Decatur resident descends a rope ladder from the sky above, waving a city property tax bill (school tax highlighted) in my face and telling me I’m mistaken.

Baltisraul......

October 3rd, 2013
8:42 am

You have the address, get over this jurisdition thingy. WOW

dgroy

October 3rd, 2013
9:03 am

Baltisraul……

October 3rd, 2013
8:42 am

You have the address, get over this jurisdition thingy. WOW

Watch it, Baltisraul…….you’re showing your envy. These folks get their mail from the Decatur PO and that’s the reason they have a Decatur address. This jurisdiction thing as you call it is a big deal. If you live outside of the city limits of Decatur, guess what? You don’t get to experience the great services offered here, our own fire department, police department and best of all ‘OUR OWN SCHOOL SYSTEM”. Why do you think everyone with school age children who can afford it are moving to Decatur? Because of the school system, DUH. And while our tax bills aren’t the highest around (see City of Atlanta) we take pride in being able to live here. So, watch your envy, it’s showing.

AJ

October 3rd, 2013
9:14 am

Restaurant: Can’t wait to try it.
(City of) Decatur Folks: You people need help.

Signed,
Former (City of) Decatur resident.

Lizzy

October 3rd, 2013
9:28 am

I’m enchanted by the Korean diner/fried chicken concept as well as sake & sweet tea beverage choices!! Can’t wait to explore their menu!
Ahem, it’s hard not to think this food blog is being used as a venue for political agendas. The usual suspects’ comments don’t mention the cuisine – instead they go off on their personal tangents. The title of this blog is “Food and More” – so I guess the More means an invitation to squabble about schools, zip codes and other irrelevant nickle ___ (insert 4 letter word) nonsense. To Bob and the rest of the Food writers, I admire your restraint or could it be indifferernce to these humanoids.

RockinDiner

October 3rd, 2013
9:51 am

Was there for lunch on Tuesday and dinner last night. Out of all of the dishes the we had only one was meh and everything else was fantastic, although some do lean to being a bit too sweet. This place is going to be a big hit but once word gets out on this place I see a couple of issues that are reminicent of their sister Heirloom Market. Parking is minimal, the place is tiny, once winter or inclement weather hits their uncovered outdoor dining space (which effectively doubles their covers) will be unusable, and there’s nowhere out of the elements to wait.
Of course half the restaurants in town would love to be this busy and to have these issues.

Wilbur

October 3rd, 2013
10:33 am

the lack of parking and small interior of this space will severely hamper profit potential. They should probably build out the entire patio, thus making the restaurant much bigger from front to back, and maybe work out a deal with the gas station next door to allow for some parking.

Interestingly, there was already a built-out Arby’s turned Korean restaurant on Buhi just ITP. It was torn down a couple years ago, and it wasn’t putting out high quality food like Sobban.

FM Fats

October 3rd, 2013
10:59 am

City of Decatur folks don’t get their panties twisted as much when this part of the world is identified as Decatur as they do when the largely non-Caucasian zip codes to the south and the east of the magical 30030 are so noted.

Baltisraul......

October 3rd, 2013
12:48 pm

dgroy…..being proud of your address is ok and understanable. You pay for the privledge and accept the benifits. I get that. It is not my envy that is getting in the way. I don’t have a dog in this fight. Landing on folks w/ two feet when they ask a legit question about its location smacks of elitism not envy. Get over yourself. Other people in this city are normal also. Decatur citizens do not have a strangle hold on nice places to live. Stop looking for a fight where there is none! It’s the Food Section for gosh sakes.

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5:12 pm

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Art

October 3rd, 2013
5:41 pm

It’s a FOOD blog folks not a referendum on education or zip codes or who thinks they live in the best place in Atlanta. Some of you need to take a pill, smoke something or swallow a couple of shots of Pappy Van Winkle; your bickering has made me do all of the above… several times over. Kind of makes you want to find that lake in the city limits that has a “Z” in it, huh Balt?

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

October 3rd, 2013
6:21 pm

So how was the headline supposed to be worded if indeed the restaurant has a Decatur mailing address?

Ned Ludd

October 3rd, 2013
7:39 pm

If this is any indicator of what it’s like dining in Decatur, count me out…..or in. Just quit focusing on inane topics. And Art—tell me where you can buy a bottle of Pappy—hard to find!

Baltisraul......

October 3rd, 2013
9:20 pm

Art……have not been back to ‘Z’ in 5 weeks. Playing really good golf now and winning some money from folks that need a little humility. ‘Press the bet’ is my new mantra instead of’ fish on!’ Tee time tomorrow @ 0800. Back in time to watch 16 hrs of football. This is really a great country. Just as the folks in Decatur!!!!!!!!!!!

FM Fats

October 4th, 2013
1:32 am

Bee Hive, City of Decatur residents would want the headline to read “Sobban Opens in Unincorporated DeKalb Area That US Postal Service Recognizes As Decatur And Has A More Serious Crime Problem And Worse Schools Than The City Of Decatur”.

Eficiencia energetica

October 4th, 2013
4:14 am

Sobban Opens in Decatur | Food and More with John Kessler, me ha parecido revelador, me hubiera gustado que fuese más amplio pero ya saeis si lo bueno es breve es dos veces bueno. Enhorabuena por vuestra web. Besotes.
Eficiencia energetica http://www.itecon.es/ese/nuestro_objetivo.php

Theron Sapp

October 4th, 2013
3:33 pm

As a recovering journalist, I am pleased to say dgroy is correct.

Postal addresses do not mean the thing is question is “in” that city. Cumberland Mall and Emory University both have “Atlanta” mailing addresses. Neither is in Atlanta. This restaurant, which I’m looking forward to trying, is in northern DeKalb, or near Emory…. But it’s not in Decatur.

waiting for a good time to try this place

October 4th, 2013
11:07 pm

My husband and I tried to go to this place with our infant son on 10/4 at around 8pm. It was way too crowded, and we decided not to stay. I’m excited to check out this place during a quieter time. I will say that I wasn’t impressed with the layout and wait staff. The entrance has a waiter station right next to it. I waited by the door while a male waiter pretended not to notice me as he was entering an order. After about two minutes, a woman came up to welcome me. I asked what the wait time was and she said she didn’t know but she would get the hostess. No hostess came out. That’s when I decided to leave. The inside is crowded. There is a large block table and then people sitting along the side with the window. It doesn’t seem like the place is infant friendly. We couldn’t locate where the high chairs were, and that’s another reason we left. Kitsch’n had a better layout with smaller tables so it didn’t look so crowded. Boy do I miss Kitsch’n, but I’m sure that Sobban will be just as good.

sansho1

October 5th, 2013
9:50 am

Theron must have worked at the NYTimes…showing up two days later to say authoritatively what was not in dispute in the first place is totally their move!

Ned Ludd

October 5th, 2013
10:47 am

When it was an Arby’s was it in Decatur?

Robert

October 6th, 2013
9:00 am

Next time that I’m in Decatur I’ll have to try this place.

Robert

October 6th, 2013
9:01 am

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