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Belly Shack

1912 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647


Bill Kim’s fast-casual ode to Korean street food—by way of Puerto Rico—still offers great quality for little money. A mellow neighborhood crowd seems partial to heaps of Korean barbecue beef served with doughy flatbread; filling veggie options, such as a quinoa ssam salad fashioned into a wrap; and great sides, such as crisp togarashi fries with curry mayo. Special drinks include yuzu lemonade, and a finisher of soft-serve cinnamon caramel ice cream is a pure crowd pleaser. One taste of Belly Shack’s superfermented kimchi and you know the kitchen is not watering things down.

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Dishes We Liked

Korean barbecue beef with kimchi, ssam paste, and scallions ($9); organic brown rice with Chinese broccoli, mushrooms, kimchi, and tofu (9); hot and sour soup with hominy, chicken, and cilantro ($4); togarashi fries ($3) Vietnamese cinnamon–caramel soft serve ($4)

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Additional Information:

Price: $10-$19
Cuisine: Asian-Latin
Neighborhood: Logan Square
Noteworthy: BYO (up to $5 corkage)
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: L & D Tue-Sun.
Date Opened: 10/20/2009
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