Noon Hour Grill, run by Susie, is one of those places where you never have to argue about whether it's breakfast or lunch time because whatever the hour, it's always pancake time. We're talking about Korean-style pancakes; thin eggy sheets stuffed with spices and peppers and layered atop a heaping pile of brown (or white) rice. And you can just forget about Aunt Jemima here. Instead, these dense little cakes are served with a tin of Susie's spicy soy-based sauce for drizzling or dipping.
Susie's bi bim bap is some of the best you'll find this side of Albany Park, where Korean fare reigns supreme. There's no risk of runny or rubbery yolks in Susie's Korean staples; her eggs are done just right and they look pretty on top of perfectly sized portions of rice, veggies and meat, too. Loaves of fresh bread are delivered daily and used to soak up a variety of delicious (spicy) sauces. Less venturesome folks can always opt for the traditional American breakfasts of eggs and bacon.
Noon Hour Grill also offers daily specials, starting with udong (spicy noodle soup) on Sundays, beef stew on Mondays, Korean spaghetti (with stir-fried veggies) on Wednesdays, pork roast on Thursdays and chicken teriyaki (with brown rice and bean sprouts) on Fridays. All specials range from $4.95-$7.95.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden