Hello, and welcome to the first installment of “Angus Eats. . .”
I’m Angus, and I come to you from a background of helping run social media and marketing campaigns for The Meatyballs Mobile and EL Ideas. I love noodles, burgers, and all things Asian. So it makes sense that with these favorites in mind I begin this column with my favorite street in Chicago for all three: Broadway.
For those not already aware, Broadway Street is an impressive corridor filled with one of the highest concentrations of Mom ‘n’ Pop-owned businesses in Chicago. Whether it’s postcards, art, Boystown nightlife or a good eat, Broadway has it all.
Let’s begin on the cheaper, greasier side of things. One of the best deals in Chicago has to be Yango’s Grill, 2845 N. Broadway St., where you can get two cheeseburgers with a heaping side of fries for $4.65, $5 with tax. Take away the fact that I have yet to encounter an occasion where it seems anybody there actually wants me there and you have a great fast food joint serving a filling, greasy meal alongside what — at all hours of the day — seems to be reruns of Judge Hatchett and Maury Povich playing on the televisions above.
A little further down the road is the venerable Crisp, 2940 N. Broadway St. Whether you’ve heard about them from The Cooking Channel, Chicago Magazine, or ScoutMob, you probably already know about their award-winning Korean fried chicken. While these are great, I’m a huge fan of pickled anything, so I like to get their less popular but just as good Bi Bim Bop bowls. Warm white or brown rice is topped with anywhere from 4-12 veggies and beef, chicken or tofu to make a seriously filling and healthy meal. Add one of their signature sauces and it’s even better. Soft rice combined with fresh, crispy vegetables, and then a fried egg? Yes please. Whether you’re feeling like a baby, a bad boy or a big boy, there’s a size bowl for your hunger and probably for lunch the next day.
Check back Friday for the next installment of AE!