From an incredible variety of fresh noodles to a produce section stocked with items like gobo root and sesame leaves to shelves crowded with savory sauces and fermented bean pastes, this Avondale grocer is a curious cook’s delight. Hit up the meat department for thin slices of marbled shabu shabu beef, ribeye and pork belly at supremely reasonable prices; for a DIY Korean feast, stop by the self-serve banchan bar for side dishes like kimchi and spicy garlic stems. On your way out, pay a visit to the mandu stand, which has lately earned a cult following for its colossal and tasty steamed dumplings (packed with kimchi, pork or sweet red bean paste); at $2 a pop, they’re one of the city’s best bargains.
|Venue name:||Joong Boo Market|
3333 N Kimball Ave
|Opening hours:||Daily, 9am-9pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Belmont. Bus: 77, 82.|
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Go for the dumpling stand and amazing Korean cafe, but make sure to grab some kimchee and cheap and fresh produce while visiting Joong Boo. They have amazing kalbi as well so you can Korean BBQ at home. The variety of kimchee is overwhelming but fun to try different brands. Get all the dumpling flavors at the stale out front (although the kimchee one is my favorite, but all are wonderful), they are huge and enough for a meal. But don’t sleep on the cafe in back, it’s tiny and cramped and no frills, but the tteok is cooked perfectly and the Soondubu Jjigae is perfect on a cold Chicago day.
For the record, this is not simply a grocery store. There's also a restaurant in the back that serves amazing dishes of authentic, delicious Korean food. Don't stop at the meat counter either! Joong Boo's seafood selection is excellent and in the back left corner there's also a huge selection of different kinds of kim chi. Parking on the weekends is kind of a disaster, but I prefer to look at this as a good sign.