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    Post #1 - June 26th, 2018, 8:28 am
    Post #1 - June 26th, 2018, 8:28 am Post #1 - June 26th, 2018, 8:28 am
    Finally got to Banchan in Glenview, in the same strip with a three other Korean places (So Dong Gong, Paik's Noodles, Soup Belly) as well as a couple labeled Japanese (Fish on Fire, and Mozu Sushi and Izakaya). They're really close, but they've been only open for dinner (still not sure lunch still is available), and had a lengthy soft opening when they weren't open every evening.

    The menuincludes more than just fried chicken, including appetizers of pork buns and takoyaki; mains of bibim bap and bull dak; and a caesar salad. But we were there for the chicken. My son and I got a medium combo of 10 wings and 5 drumsticks (boneless strips also available) for $23.95, mix of garlic-soy and spicy. That's a pretty big upcharge from Buffalo Wildwings ($11.50 gets you 18 wings), but they're pretty big wings, cut as drummie and fling+tip (yes, there's a bit of meat on the tip piece).

    The chicken is cooked perfectly (fried to order): juicy, crisp batter and not-too-sweet glazing. The spicy is certainly more exciting, but perhaps a little one-note; the garlic-soy seems dull at first, but is really very tasty. If it wasn't for the fact that the wings give you more crunch, I'd go straight for the drums which were really flavorful.

    The included side we chose of pickled radish (slaw, kimchi or rice are the other options) was a little skimpy for a dinner for two -- we should have sprung for a second side, I'm intrigued about their onion rings, if they're battered the same way.

    The online menu has $8-9 lunch specials, so perhaps they are open for lunch now. Not a bad deal for lunch, with 8 (instead of 10) wings for 4 bucks less.

    Partially devoured combo plate, with bonus granddaughter (not on solid food yet):
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    1615 Milwaukee Ave #100
    Glenview, IL 60025
    (224) 567-8185
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  • Post #2 - June 26th, 2018, 9:18 am
    Post #2 - June 26th, 2018, 9:18 am Post #2 - June 26th, 2018, 9:18 am
    Google says they are only open for lunch on weekends.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #3 - June 27th, 2018, 10:15 am
    Post #3 - June 27th, 2018, 10:15 am Post #3 - June 27th, 2018, 10:15 am
    On a recent trip I ordered a salmon puff (I think that's how it was identified) appetizer. It was thin strips of salmon wrapping a center of very light (almost whipped) avocado. Really nice surprise. Chicken is quite good.
  • Post #4 - July 11th, 2018, 7:32 am
    Post #4 - July 11th, 2018, 7:32 am Post #4 - July 11th, 2018, 7:32 am
    The second Chicago outpost of Bonchon, the Korean restaurant that specializes in fried chicken, should open in either late July or August, according to a rep. Its signage is up at 1732 W. Division Street.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/7/10/175 ... ood-report
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #5 - July 11th, 2018, 9:37 am
    Post #5 - July 11th, 2018, 9:37 am Post #5 - July 11th, 2018, 9:37 am
    There's also a location in Chinatown:

    2163 S. Chinatown A
    Chicago, IL 60616

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