When Mediterranean – Korean restaurant Petra closed in Midtown a few months ago, I was worried that their bi bim bop would be gone forever. Thankfully, Petra’s owner (and a lot of their most loved dishes) have moved to the Kwik Check on Madison.
The Kwik Check is one of midtown’s favorite low-key lunch spots. It’s part convenience store, part lunch counter. They sell the usual mini-mart goods (chips, drinks, cigarettes, newspapers, beer) along side deli sandwiches, homemade pasta salad, gyros, and the delicious bi bim bop. One of the tips on Foursquare recommends at the counter and checking out the customers (a veritable Who’s Who of Midtown) while pretending to read the Flyer.
Bi Bim Bop is made with savory beef (or chicken or tofu), cucumbers, carrots, bean sprouts, greens and a sunny side up egg served over rice doused in spicy red Korean sauce. It’s crunchy, earthy, and the sauce gives a nice little kick in the mouth.
2013 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 8104