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BEST FRIED CHICKEN AWARD

OBSERVER'S BEST FRIED CHICKEN AWARD

Fried chicken doesn't have to be served at a picnic in the park with a side of potato salad and sweet tea. Sometimes fried chicken with a little more character is in order. Sometimes you want crispy fried chicken drizzled with a sweet, spicy glaze and served with pickled daikon and kimchi. And screw iced tea. Quench your thirst with a massive plastic bottle of Hite beer. If you want fried chicken that talks back while you eat it, head over to Bbbop and order some yard bird fried in a rice-flour batter. It's got a serious crunch.

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10 Dallas Chefs Dish on What's Cooking This Fall

OBSERVER :: 10 Dallas Chefs Dish on What's Cooking This FalL

SANDY BUSSEY
"The fall is one of my favorite seasons. With the change in weather and new produce coming in I get very excited. Napa cabbage is at its prime — fresh and sweet. It’s now become tradition to get the whole family together for a large kimchi-making event."

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Best Lunch Spots

THRILLIST/DALLAS :: BEST LUNCH SPOTS

What’s a bop?! Glad you asked. It’s a bowl of goodness where you drop in your favorite protein; then either rice, noodles, or greens; then three different vegetables; and then top it with things like egg rolls, extra meat, or a fried egg. You are then able to add a scratch-made sauce. If you don’t feel like making all those decisions, you can roll with other entrees and rice bowls.


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The Kimchi Fries at BBBop Are a Glorious, Delicious Pile of Food

Generally, foods arranged in a pile have to work at being appetizing. And once everything is mushed together, flavors can occasionally get lost in translation. That's often the case with poutine, especially the fancified versions on plenty of restaurant menus. But kimchi fries, a Korean spin on the traditional delicious-stuff-piled-on-top-of-fries dish, are the food pile of your dreams.

At BBBop, you really can’t go wrong. The fried chicken is dope and the bibimbap bowls are legit (and healthy), but order the kimchi fries when you feel you deserve something special. Of course, kimchi fries aren’t traditional, but their namesake ingredient lends plenty of Korean spice to this totally indulgent dish.

BBBbop's shoestring fries provide a unique and solid foundation. They're coated in the same dry curry-ranch rub that you can order on the crispy fried chicken wings. The mixture sounds bizarre, but it works, and you’ll find yourself working on an at-home version with an ancient bottle of curry powder and a Hidden Valley Ranch packet from the back of your pantry. You will not succeed.

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D Magazine

SIDE/DISH | 5 Places to Get Your Lemonade Fix in Dallas

A few weeks ago, I met some friends for happy hour. I don’t drink, and I was tired of Diet Coke. I didn’t feel like iced tea. I was at a loss for what to order. Then it hit me: order some lemonade. I did, and it was, well, uninspiring. A couple days later, the same thing happened. Happy hour, wasn’t going to drink alcohol, didn’t want a Diet Coke, wasn’t feeling iced tea, tired of water, so I ordered a lemonade. Again, it was “eh.”

And that’s when it hit me: is there any such thing as good—like, really good—lemonade?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been on a crusade to answer this question. After testing lemonade at a dozen places, I’ve found the answer: yes, there is interesting lemonade in Dallas.

So here, for you on National Lemonade Day, I present the five most interesting lemonades I’ve come across.

(This is by no means a complete list. If you have a place you go that offers up an interesting, delicious lemonade, please let me know. My search—and the summer heat—is not over.)

Green Tea Mint Lemonade

Where: bbbop Seoul Kitchen
Price: $2
The green tea mint lemonade is brewed fresh daily, and is a simple blend of green tea and spearmint leaves, which gives it a refreshing, crisp taste.

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CULTUREMAP | Dallas

Where to eat in Dallas right now: 10 top restaurants for fried fare

In September, one's thoughts turn to a certain category of food: the fried kind. Blame the State Fair of Texas, whose Big Tex Choice Awards plants a seed. A seed covered in batter and fried.

This year's State Fair lineup was notable in that the entries were elevated to a higher foodie level than years past, including a deep-fried lobster tail from Mr. Choice Awards himself, Abel Gonzales. For our September edition of Where To Eat, we follow their lead with some high-end fried food offerings at restaurants around Dallas-Fort Worth.

BB Bop
Recently opened branch on Greenville Avenue of this local Asian-fusion chain feels noisy and bright. Rice bowls are the thing, which you can order in a pre-set menu or customize yourself. Diners are liking the fried chicken but look for the semi-regular special of tempura eggplant. It's the smaller Japanese eggplant, cut into big bites, coated with a light, crunchy crust, then drizzled with sweet and spicy glaze. The texture of the eggplant is almost still firm but melts in your mouth.

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EATER | Dallas

The Hottest Restaurants in Dallas Right Now, September 2015

BBBop has arrived to fill the Korean fried chicken-shaped hole left in our hearts by the departure of Bonchon — no drive to Koreatown required. Plenty of other options make Korean-inspired flavors accessible to the masses, too, like bibimbap, kimchi fries, and some seriously good smoked pork belly. Plenty of beer and soju, or go nonalcoholic with the tasty green tea mint lemonade.

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Spicy chicken and dumplings at bbbop Seoul Kitchen

Though they're earning raves for their fried chicken, this lesser-known dish is worth the trip to this Lowest Greenville Avenue fast-casual Korean spot. Rice-flour dumplings, rice, cabbage and carrots mingle in a spicy red pepper sauce with torn pieces of chicken before being topped with a sunny-side egg and fresh green onions. $9.95.

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BBBOP'S CHICKEN IS THE STUFF OF OBSESSION

One shot. Most dishes I encounter during my food explorations get one chance to make an impression before they're captured in my notebook and churned into words. Dallas is filled with interesting restaurants and has too many menus with too many dishes for me to give mediocre plates a second chance.

Most often when I'm writing a review, I'll try a dish a second time for one of two reasons. The first is that a dish is exceptionally good, and I want to be sure this culinary masterpiece wasn't just a one-time fluke. The second reason is the dish is so bad, I hope — deeply and sincerely — that it was a fluke. Maybe a cook called in sick that morning and an ingredient wasn't prepped properly, or maybe somebody's dog died and they're too weepy to cook. Either way, I want to be sure the dish is truly a bomb before I unleash a string of expletives to describe it.

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EATER | Dallas

Top Dallas Chefs Dish on Their Favorite Cheap Eats

Athough they spend their time whipping up complex culinary creations (or perhaps for precisely that reason), chefs of all kinds appreciate the joys of cheap eats. Whether it's tacos purchased from a dingy hole-in-the-wall or something a little more exotic, everyone likes a tasty meal that costs ten bucks or less — it's just simple economics.

We pretty much already trust the kitchen masterminds that run this city's best restaurants to provide the best restaurant recommendations, so why should cheap eats be excluded? (Aftera ll, many of the top chefs today spent plenty of years as broke, overworked sous chefs and cooks.) We asked some of Dallas' best chefs where they like to eat when they've only got a few bucks in their wallets.

SANDY BUSSEY, BBBop Seoul Kitchen

At her own fast-casual joints in Dallas, Sandy Bussey's cuisine fuses a variety of influences. But when she's looking for something a little more authentic, she heads to King's Noodle in Richardson. "You can't go wrong with the beef noodle soup or the za jiang mein (fried, saucy noodles), and you can get out of there without spending more than 8 bucks, she says. Be warned — King's Noodle is a cash-only spot, so be sure to hit an ATM beforehand.

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14 Must-Try Fried Chicken Dishes Around the U.S.

This Lowest Greenville fast-casual Korean spot has a greatly expanded menu compared to the Upper Greenville location, but nothing shines brighter than this half chicken, fried and coated in spicy chile sauce. Also available with ginger soy, but you really can't beat the heat.

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The 11 Best Things We Ate in 2015 (So Far) in Dallas

Not Your Mama's Fried Chicken at bbbop Seoul Kitchen
This Lowest Greenville fast-casual Korean spot has a greatly expanded menu compared to the Upper Greenville location, but nothing shines brighter than this half chicken, fried and coated in spicy chile sauce. Also available with ginger soy, but you really can't beat the heat.

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Nation's Restaurant News
Dallas Tables | Comfort Food

This stylish Asian eatery doles out fast, flashy servings of “Seoul food for the soul,” with a special focus on the many flavors and interpretations of bibimbop.
Website: bbbop.com
Number of seats: 50
Average per-person check: $13
Popular dishes: For Realz Bop: traditional bibimbop with zucchini, carrots, bean sprouts, garlic, sesame oil, and special “Seoul Fire” sauce; Not Your Mama's Fried Chicken: half a chicken fried and coated in choice of spicy or soy-ginger sauce, with radish kimchi; Gangnam Kimchi Fries: curry ranch fries topped with meat, kimchi, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, spicy sauce and an over-easy egg.
What people come for: Asian specialty beers and cocktails, vegetarian and vegan menu options.
Address: 2023 Greenville Ave.
Phone Number: 469-941-4297

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Dallas Eater :: The Hottest Restaurants in Dallas Right Now, May 2015

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Dallas Eater :: The Hottest Restaurants in Dallas Right Now, May 2015

Bbbop Seoul Kitchen

BBBop has arrived to fill the Korean fried chicken-shaped hole left in our hearts by the departure of Bonchon — no drive to Koreatown required. Plenty of other options make Korean-inspired flavors accessible to the masses, too, like bibimbap, kimchi fries, and some seriously good smoked pork belly. Plenty of beer and soju, or go nonalcoholic with the tasty green tea mint lemonade.

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Culture Map Dallas

Exciting Korean concept moves in next door to Greenville Avenue Trader Joe's

Opening day has been set for the Lower Greenville branch of BB Bop Seoul Kitchen, the Korean fast-casual concept that's part of a trio of restaurants going in next door to Trader Joe's. Mark it on your calendar: April 20.

The restaurant comes from Steve Shin and his sister and brother-in-law Sandy and Greg Bussey. It specializes in bibimbap, a Korean dish combining rice with vegetables, sauces, meat (if you want) and a fried egg. Located at 2023 Greenville Ave., it's the team's second branch, and it reflects an evolution, with new recipes and design.

According to a release, the inspiration for the new design is a Korean peasant kitchen. It has different types of woods and textures, iron pipes, and industrial lighting made from unusual materials such as stone bowls and kimchi jars. The wood tables were handcrafted by Martin Hironaga; no two tables are alike.

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bbbop Seoul Kitchen to Open Next Monday on Lowest Greenville

“Brother and sister co-owners Steve Shin and Sandra Bussey were raised in the Dallas area by Korean parents. They grew up eating Korean food but it wasn’t until they took their first trip to Korea in 2001, that they started to grasp how few options of this type of food were made available in the states. Shin says, ‘It wasn’t until we actually visited Korea that we realized how diverse, complicated, and amazing the food can be. We wanted to bring the cuisine to the mainstream diner in Dallas and make it more accessible and affordable but not deviate from quality of ingredients or customer service.’ Bbbop is Korean comfort food with a modern twist – a Korean-American eating experience. Shin continues, ‘With Sandra and Greg’s culinary vision help, the recipes have evolved tremendously throughout even just the past several months. The design of the new restaurant is also representative of the direction we are going in – more comfortable interior and more design-focused than the other store. We have a new website, new menu, new look and new location that we are very proud to open.'”

A Look at bbbop Seoul Kitchen on Lowest Greenville

Last week we announced that Korean fusion restaurant bbbop Seoul Kitchenwill open its doors on Lower Greenville. Well, as of today the restaurant is plating up Korean rice bowls, curry fries, samosa egg rolls, fried chicken, and more.

The brand new Lower Greenville outpost has an entirely different interior design than its Upper Greenville location, and some unique menu items, too.

I stopped by last week with my camera in hand for a sneak peek. You can check out the space and a few menu items in the gallery below.

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Dallas Eater

Korean Fried Chicken Lands on Lowest Greenville Courtesy of Bbbop Seoul Kitchen

Fast-casual Korean food hits Lowest Greenville next Monday with the arrival of Bbbop Seoul Kitchen(that's bee-bee-bop, no relation to the Hanson song). It's the first establishment to open in the restaurant trifecta adjacent to Trader Joe's that will also be home to Yucatan Taco Standand Rapscallion.

The Bbbop team includes a familiar name: former Victor Tangos chef Greg Bussey, who owns the place in partnership with his wife Sandy (a personal chef) and her brother Steve Shin.

It's the second outpost for Bbbop; the first is located on Upper Greenville Avenue near Lovers Lane. Expect a "modern rustic design" — lots of stainless steel, plus handmade wooden tables — and plenty of new additions to the menu, which includes rice bowls, banchan, Korean fried chicken with choice of two sauces, hand-rolled mandu (dumplings), and hallelujah, kimchi fries dressed up with an over-easy egg. Booze option include various Asian beers and cocktails made with the high-octane Korean spirit soju.

BBBop Lowest Greenville will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with hours till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Perhaps it can fill the Korean fried chicken-shaped void left in our hearts following the departure of the short-lived Bonchon?

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bbbop Seoul Kitchen set to open in Dallas (with Korean fried chicken!) on Monday, April 20

Bbbob Seoul Kitchen is set to open their second Korean-inflected casual restaurant next Monday, April 20, on Lower Greenville Avenue. The chefs are husband-and-wife Greg and Sandy Bussey (Greg was formerly exec chef at the Joule Hotel before last summer’s Consilient blow-up), and the two own bbbop with Sandy’s brother, Steve Shin. Shin says his and Sandy’s passion for Korean comfort food grew from their parents, who are Korean, and from frequent travels to Korea.

The three owners say they’ve reworked the original bbbop’s menu (the name derives from the Korean bibimbap), adding a larger variety of rice bowls (yep, bibimbop), veg-heavy entrees, kale lettuce wraps, potstickers and Asian beers.

The original bbbop Seoul Kitchen opened in 2008 in Carrollton, relocating to Upper Greenville Avenue  in 2010.

Another bbbop Seoul Kitchen is under construction in the BAD neighborhood.

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FOOD FROM OUR OWN COMMUNITY

Another item soon to be featured at our upcoming Lower Greenville location. Pickled Red Radish (Kimchi) out of a garden in our own community. 


Another item soon to be featured at our upcoming Lower Greenville location. Pickled Red Radish (Kimchi) out of a garden in our own community. 

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ALWAYS EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW DELICIOUSNESS

Smoked and seared pork belly with an apple cider reduction from our Laboratory Kitchen, soon to be served at our upcoming new location in Lower Greenville. A perfect side companion for any of our entrees... but also just as good by itself.


Smoked and seared pork belly with an apple cider reduction from our Laboratory Kitchen, soon to be served at our upcoming new location in Lower Greenville. A perfect side companion for any of our entrees... but also just as good by itself.


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