Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-11-14
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

DISH WEEKLY DINING GUIDE: Gogi
by Meghan Streit
2013-12-10

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


There's been so much buzz lately about Gogi, a new Korean barbeque restaurant in Rogers Park, so I couldn't resist venturing out one bitter cold night to check it out. I can't say I am bowled over by the place, but I certainly can see what all the fuss is about.

With oversized black leather booths and minimalist Asian-inspired décor, the space is arguably sleeker than many restaurants of a similar ilk. And the meats, which are the stars of the show, are fresh, well seasoned and served in ample portions. So, it's not surprising that Korean barbeque fans are buzzing about Gogi. It's clearly a cut above its competition.

There's no denying that the traditional Korean barbeque dining experience is just plain fun ( unless, of course, you are a vegetarian ). You get to cook or watch someone else cook your meat over blazing hot coals right in the middle of your table. The friendly and engaging staff at Gogi definitely adds to that experience. They will cook your meat for you and are on hand to identify unfamiliar foods and offer suggestions for creating tasty bites ( Psssst! Dip the pork belly in the sesame oil! ).

Gogi offers a mouth-watering smorgasbord of raw meats for grilling—brisket, short ribs, spicy pork, marinated chicken, and for the truly adventurous carnivore, veal intestines. The pork belly is undoubtedly worth a try. Two foot-long strips that look like the biggest, juiciest slices of bacon you've ever laid eyes are slapped down on the sizzling grill and cooked to tender, succulent perfection. The bulgogi, thinly shaved marinated beef, is also flavorful and cooks up nicely, but it's not the most memorable grilled meat I've ever eaten. I would have preferred to try the more tempting sounding short steak marinated with sesame oil. But, the pork belly and short steak, I was informed, can't be cooked on the same grill, so it was one or the other. Tough choices. That's why I'd recommend bringing several friends to Gogi so you can sit at a larger table with multiple grills and try a bunch of different meats.

As is customary, the barbeque meals at Gogi are served with banchan, traditional Korean side dishes. As soon as you place your meat order, tiny bowls filled with cucumbers, bean sprouts, tofu, radishes and kimchi will begin arriving at your table—and they won't stop until there's hardly an inch of space left. The side dishes are all tasty and they make cool, fresh-tasting antidotes to the grilled meats. But, truth be told, the banchan gets lost in the flurry of hot meat being placed on your plate. Once that grill gets hot, the barbeque comes at you fast and furious. Amid the frenzy, two side dishes managed to make an impression on me. One was what tasted like a Korean version of the jalapeño popper, a plump and sweet pepper fried in tempura batter. The other was a dish of thin rice noodles coated in a cold creamy mayonnaise-like sauce. It reminded me of cole slaw, and was the perfect crunchy addition to a forkful of pork.

While the barbeque is the main attraction at Gogi, there are also some noteworthy sideshows. The fried dumplings are crisp and golden brown on the outside and stuffed with a savory mixture of meat—they're as good as any I've had in Chicago. If you dine at Gogi on a busy night, when it might take a bit longer for your barbeque to come out, keep your appetite at bay some pajeon, savory Korean pancakes. The seafood pajeon is a colorful treat. It's packed with so much fish and fresh green chives that it's more like fillings coated in batter than a pancake stuffed with fillings. I thoroughly enjoyed Gogi's pajeon, but I can't say it was better than the tofu scallion pancake at Jin Ju, the reigning champion of Korean pancakes in my book.

Gogi's cocktail list is short but interesting. In addition to a few American beers and wines, there are also a couple of Korean versions of each, as well as soju and sake. The soju is served without ceremony in a small bottle with a couple of shot glasses. I recommend ordering a Korean beer and adding a shot of soju to it, which is, I'm told on good authority, what the cool kids are doing these days.

Gogi is located at 6240 N. California Ave.; call 773-274-6669 or visit www.gogichicago.com .

Do you need some more Sugar & Spice in your life? Follow me on Twitter: @SugarAndSpiceMS—for inside scoop and commentary on Chicago's dining scene.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

SAVOR Talking with Travelle's chefs; dining news 2018-11-19 - There was a time when dining at a hotel's restaurant was almost an afterthought. How times have changed. Many hotels across the nation ...


Gay News

Always Andersonville Pledge Local Campaign begins holiday schedule Nov. 24 2018-11-16 - CHICAGO ( November 16, 2018 ): Over 100 Andersonville businesses are featured in the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce's ( ACC ) holiday programming ...


Gay News

DINING 'Friends' pop-up, Avli opens, Chicago Wolves 2018-11-13 - —Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., has transformed into a Friends-themed experience open through Sunday, Nov. 25. Fans will be able to ...


Gay News

SAVOR Fulton Market Kitchen; options for Thanksgiving 2018-11-12 - Fulton Market Kitchen ( 311 N. Sangamon St.; https://www.fultonmarketkitchen.com/ ) continues to be an assault on the senses—and I mean that in a ...


Gay News

DINING New spots, LuxeHome event, Veterans Day specials 2018-11-06 - —This November, BK Park, chef/owner of Juno, will open his passion project, Mako, at 731 W. Lake St. Mako, the fastest breed of ...


Gay News

SAVOR Return of the MAK; SideDoor brunch 2018-11-05 - The chork lives! The chopstick/fork combination is the tool of the trade at Modern Asian Kitchen ( 1924 W. Division St.; www.makrestaurant.com ), ...


Gay News

DINING VU event, Fleetwood Mac pop-up, Sunda feast 2018-10-30 - —Newly opened VU Rooftop Bar, 133 E. Cermak Ave., will mark the upcoming Day of the Dead with a Dia de los Muertos ...


Gay News

SAVOR Brunch at etta; The Florentine's aperitivo 2018-10-29 - Let's get one thing out of the way: the new Bucktown spot etta ( 1840 W. North Ave.; https://ettarestaurant.com/ ), from the creators ...


Gay News

DINING 'Raising the Bar,' Trotter gala, Halloween items 2018-10-23 - —The James Beard Foundation's Taste America will present an inaugural kick-off reception on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m., at The Lakewood, 1758 W. ...


Gay News

SAVOR Alpana Singh returns to 'Check, Please!' 2018-10-22 - Check, Please!—the local show focuses on a rotating panel of everyday people commenting on various restaurants—will have a combination of the new and ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.