Chicago >Food & Dining > Belly Shack
1912 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064741.916303 -87.687687
Tue, Wed, Thur, Sun 11:30am-9pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-10pm
Neighborhoods: North Side, Bucktown
Pretty sure you can't go wrong here, but the jibarito and the meatball sandwich are tops. End with a softserve topped with tasty baked goods from HotChocolate's Mindy Segal.
Even in the dead of winter, I love me some Vietnamese Iced Coffee...especially if it's from Belly Shack. I hear the creamy, smoothy concoction is on tap at Bill Kim's sister spot, Belly Q. Must. Check. Out.
horrible food from horrible people – I really wish in instances like this, that there were negative stars. I purchased 2 orders of Korean beef, it looked like a decent portion, however, when you open it up there are 4 large pieces of pita bread. I certainly was not aware that "fusion" meant loading an entire box full of bread. I also ordered fries and a meatball sandwich. The pork meatballs were completely pink. This really concerned me, I did not eat it. My husband did..... Not smart he was sick, and let's not get too detailed, but it was really gross. The fries were fries, average with seasoning served with a mayo based sauce, which obviously had sat out near heat ( it had that discolored film on it). Another pass for me.
THIS IS WHAT IS SERIOUSLY DISTURBING!!!!! After our visit to the "Shack" (so appropriately named), I never intended to eat there again, but I was not motivated enough to complain. One of my 7 year old twins touched the railing outside of the location. He ended up with mysterious really disgusting goop on his hand. My husband went inside and went directly into the bathroom. My son washed his hands while this woman pried the door open. She started screaming, "Are you stupid!?!? Can't you read!?!?" She continued to rant and scream and scared my kids so much they began to cry. She even left Her restaurant (I use that term loosely), and continued to chase and yell at them. It only stopped when my husband finally told her to leave them alone before we pressed charges.
What kind of perverted monster opens up a bathroom door on a small child and brings them to tears..... THE OWNER of BELLY SHACK, that's who.
Just Amazing! – We started with their Togarashi Fries with curry mayo (newly added to their permanent menu) and their Tostones (fried plantains with chimichurri). The meal was off to a delicious start.
I opted for the Asian Meatball sandwich (pictured above), while my friend Andrea got the Blackened Tilapia (pictured below). The meatballs were topped with a healthy portion of somen noodles and chili paste.
Andrea's Blackened Tilapia was served open face and topped with greens with a curry tartar sauce.
Their soft serve is topped with toppings made by pastry chef Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate just a hop away. Hot Chocolate is home to one of my favorite brunches in the city for more than one reason. I had the bacon chocolate chip and it was everything I could want: savory, salty, sweet.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Chicago gets a taste of the street food trend that has swept the West Coast and New York, thanks to chef Bill Kim, who brings together street-cart eats from Asian and Latin cultures in this casual, counter-service cafe in Logan Square. Sandwiches range from a flavor-packed Korean kogi hot dog with ssam paste to the vegan Boricua--marinated tofu, brown rice and Chinese black beans sandwiched between two crispy strips of plantain. A rotating array of seasonal sides like Brussels sprouts with chorizo and maple-glazed squash with pho spices complete the meal. The slate-gray walls of the industrial, skate-inspired interior are decorated with black-and-white graffiti-style murals featuring phrases--"enjoy more, use less" and "more bike lanes"--that resonate with the hip, culturally aware neighborhood clientele.
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