I went to Jim's Grill today, my favorite sleepy Korean lunch counter (Irving Park Rd. a few blocks east of Ashland) for bi bim bop and vegetable pancakes. I hadn't been in in a few months and was suprised to see someone besides Sue behind the counter. There has been a change of ownership and the new menu is just a disaster. They have retained a few Korean dishes and some American breakfast things but added steak tacos, chicken adobo, some Thai food, oatmeal with wheat germ and bee pollen, fruit smoothies and a fried milkfish special. I should have kept the menu because I am forgetting lots of things. The cook and his helper were clearly overwhelmed with six of us in the place, the kitchen being upfront added to the uncomfortableness. At one point the cook was on the phone asking for help - right now, but no one showed up. The people ahead of us ordered the milkfish which we saw catch on fire twice and then later went into the microwave.
A long wait was normal at Jim's Grill but it was too long and no longer worth it. They didn't have the pepper paste for the bi bim bop, the bi bim bop had celery in it? They didn't know how to make the vegetable pancakes, but lots of people have been asking for them. Anyhow, it is a sad day for those who remember the old Jim's Grill. Jim also owns Amitabul, an all vegetarian Korean Restaurant which used to be on Southport but is now located on Milwaukee Ave. on the far northwest side. Anyone know if they are still there or the reason for the closing? It is a shame that the new owners were able to keep the same name.