Bi Bim Bap from the Kwik Check
Ed. Note: The post originally published in February 2010.
When Mediterranean – Korean restaurant Petra closed in Midtown [in 2009] I was worried that their bi bim bap 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 bap. 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 Bap 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.
Don’t forget to try the Bi Bim Bap burger or a sandwich (“The Turk” is a local favorite).
2013 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 8104