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Ham Ji Bak Ddal (short review)

David Kahn | Aug 10, 200406:33 PM

Yesterday evening, a friend took the Missus and me out to dinner at Ham Ji Bak Ddal (next door to Ice Kiss at 3407 W. 6th St., on the north side of 6th between Kenmore and Catalina). At 7 p.m. on a Monday night, the place was packed, and after eating there, I can see why. Nice pan chan, a good simple salad with spicy/vinegary dressing, excellent table-grilled bacon and garlic, but the standout of the evening was the spicy, sweet bbq pork ribs which are apparently the house specialty. Meaty, chewy pork ribs cooked in a wonderful Korean marinade that has some heat, some sweetness and touch of garlic/sesame. Really, really good stuff. (I'm at a bit of a loss to describe this dish in a way that actually communicates how good it tasted, but trust me, these ribs are damn good.) I ate way too much, and am looking forward to polishing off the (scant) left overs when I get home from work tonight.

This place definitely caters to a Korean/Korean American crowd. There's no sign in English identifying the restaurant, and I'm pretty sure the Missus and I were the only two non-Koreans in the joint. I didn't see a menu, so I don't know if it had English translations, but the wait staff was extremely nice, and most of them spoke English better than me. (Not that that's much of an accomplishment.) Free validated parking in the parking lot which one enters off Catalina. A very ample dinner for five came to $80 before tip. (NB: they accept cash green money only.)

(Also, stopped next door for an "Ice Kiss" afterwards, and Thi is right -- they sprinkle the whole thing with Fruity Pebbles. Unbelievable. See link below.)

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