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Willow Tree Inn

Vital Information | Oct 13, 2003 08:56 PM

I had a rather odd business call the other day in Morton Grove. I had the Condiment Queen near by, only half-jokingly ready to call the police if necessary. What got me to Morton Grove turned out to be a bit of a dud, but what I found afterwards well made up for it.

I suppose in thousands of small hamlets in Korea, places like Willow Tree Inn mean nothing. Homey, friendly spots for a cheap meal. In Chicago, they remain special. And Korean food remains one of the tastiest things to eat in Chicago.

Willow Tree primarily serves food in bowls. Mini-cauldrons of soup-meals, and an especially brimming version of be-bim-bop. Along side these dishes come about five panchan, all good versions. I especially liked the "salad", a leafy, not so common lettuce, with slivers of carrot and oninion in a sesame dressing. It did make a difference that it took me several minutes to fully enjoy my spicy pork bone and potato soup, once it reached my tempature, I was very happy.

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Willow Tree had no business cards or other media with an address or phone number. It is on Dempster not too far west of the Eden's Expressway.

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