Fans of Korean barbecue have a new way to enjoy flavorful grilled meats in a fast-casual setting. BoB.Q held its grand opening on June 18 in the Delmar Loop, offering a simple menu of rice bowls with your choice of marinated, grilled proteins.
“‘BoB’ means ‘rice’ in Korean, so when you add the ‘Q,’ it becomes rice with Korean barbecue,” says co-owner Victor Jang, explaining the restaurant’s name.
Jang co-owns the concept with his wife, Moon Kim. The couple also owns and operates Wudon, a popular full-service Korean barbecue restaurant that debuted in Creve Coeur in October 2016. With BoB.Q, Jang hopes to bring quick and affordable Korean fare to the area.
“St. Louis is a big city, and there are lots of Asian restaurants. However, there is a lack of Korean food compared to other cities,” Jang says. “So we decided to serve fresh and quality Korean food with inexpensive prices for the neighborhood.”
BoB.Q fills the 900-square-foot space previously occupied by Shawarma King, with around 16 seats available in the dining area. The walls received a fresh coat of black paint, embellished by Kim’s whimsical drawings in gold and silver. According to Jang, Kim’s background is in art, and with the interior design, she hoped to make the dining room feel youthful and modern. Korean pop music videos play on a TV mounted over the counter to lend to the relaxed vibe.
From the menu, choose from four different rice bowl options: beef bulgogi, spicy chicken, pork and organic tofu with housemade Korean tofu sauce. A half-and-half bowl is also available with two proteins of your choice. Each meat is marinated for more than 24 hours in a special Korean housemade barbecue sauce from a longtime family recipe that utilizes fruits rather than sugar to provide sweetness.
The meats are grilled with onions and peppers and served atop soft Korean-style white rice with fresh lettuce and garnishes of green onion and sesame seeds. Additional options include extra meat and extra rice as well as sides of authentic housemade cabbage kimchi. Dumplings and miso soup are also available. To drink, choose from canned beverages and Coke products.
“We are offering high-quality Korean barbecue,” Jang says. “It comes fast and fresh.”
BoB.Q is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 9pm.
BoB.Q, 571 Melville Ave., Delmar Loop, University City, Missouri, 314.659.8439, facebook.com/bobqstl