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Published August 08, 2011

The Big Bopper
A Korean Hamburger Stand near Loyola

Evanston: a nice place to go to school. To raise a family. To be John Cusack.

Yet, it’s a town with secrets... Korean burger joint secrets.

Now one of those secrets can be told: BopNgrill, a dealer of elaborately accented burgers, is breaching the Howard Street perimeter and barreling its way into Rogers Park, setting up a Chicago outpost this week.

First, let’s go back about a year. In 2010, the market for Asian-inflected burgers had never been hotter. So a onetime Sunda sous-chef—who honed his ability with Rodelio Aglibot—struck out on his own, bringing a flair with global flavors to 100% Angus burgers in a little Evanston storefront.

Like so many best-kept secrets, this new location is in a strip mall next to a Chipotle. You’ll order at the counter—and while you could go the old burger, tomato, lettuce, ketchup route, you didn’t come to a strip mall in Rogers Park for that.

Instead, try the Kimchi Burger, with spicy Korean chili paste and a fried egg on a brioche bun (also: kimchi). But the Umami (topped with Japanese seven-spice aioli, truffled mushrooms, sun-dried tomato confit and gouda) or a Triple Bypass (a three-quarter pounder with onion rings, bacon and a fried egg) may also speak to you.

If a good cardiologist doesn’t first.
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