Monday, March 17, 2014

Bibim Bop (Clarksville, TN)

Since my USO 10-Miler race was on an Army base, I thought it might be fun to find a good Korean restaurant to eat at afterwards.  I love Korean BBQ, and if you live near an Army base you are pretty much guaranteed to have a decent Korean (or German) restaurant.

I was with Mom and Dad, and during the race my Mom ran into a Korean guy and asked where we should go.  He directed us to Bibim Bop, which I think is fairly new.  I was surprised by its counter service ordering vs. sit-down, but it was extremely clean and very modern!  You ordered at the counter (including choosing your little side dishes) and then your meal would be brought to you.  I was also surprised by the number of non-Koreans working there, which I honestly sometimes view as a negative sign of the restaurant's authenticity, but when two van-loads of Korean families showed up I felt better.

I ordered my beloved kalbi ribs.  They were the priciest menu item ($15) but came with rice and three side dishes.  I also ordered mandu dumplings.  The dumplings were just okay, a bit salty and didn't seem to have meat in them.  The ribs were better, though again a bit more salty than the sweeter ones I'm used to.

The portion sizes were good, and my parents liked their meals.  Dad had bulgogi, Mom had bibimbap.  This was a very kid-friendly place with its cafeteria-like atmosphere.  I would say it isn't the best Korean food I've had in Tennessee, but I enjoyed the meal a lot.  I'd recommend anyone in Clarksville who wants a quick Korean meal stop by.

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