Chicago: Tozi

One more final to go and I'm just so over law school that I don't really care anymore.  Eating and blogging about it is so much more enjoyable than school.  Living life is about doing what makes you happy, right?  So I'm going to post about Tozi,  Because that would make me much happier than studying.  

Not to mention I have a lot of posts to catch up on and it would be nice to get it all out of the way before I embark on my Boston-Philly-NY spring break trip.  Woot woot!  

Anyway, Ms. JSG was back in Chicago for a weekend last month.  She'd been craving Korean BBQ, so Queen G and I met her at Tozi, the new Korean BBQ joint in town: 

It felt very much like a Korean BBQ place that you would find in LA:

JSG's boyfriend and a friend of his also came out for dinner.  The friend was vegetarian so we let him do his own thing, while the rest of us did it right.

We started off with a seafood pancake:

Then came the dipping sauces and the salad:

And the parade of panchan:

My favorite were the potatoes.  Here's some more panchan:

Our server wasn't too helpful in terms of describing serving sizes, so we had to wing it a little.

They were out of pork intestines (I almost cried when I found out), so we had to go with the next best thing, beef tongue:

Throw in some filet mignon:

We wanted to try something marinated, so we also ordered the wang kalbi or marinated beef short ribs:

As if that wasn't enough, we also got a short rib stew:

Talk about fall off the bone tender...

It turns out that it actually wasn't enough, so we added an order of spicy duck:

DIY Korean BBQ is always fun, though it can be quite stressful at times.  Toward the end you're just tossing meat onto any open plate to keep it from overcooking.  Because that would be a waste.  Here's a snapshot of our grill:

We had mushrooms and onions grilling away to help balance out the meal.  Gotta get your daily intake of veggies after all!

All the food was surprisingly good.  Unfortunately, the prices are on the high end, especially compared to what you can in K-town in LA.  Good place if you're looking for Korean BBQ in Chicago, but be ready to fork over the dough.

1265 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-2020


  1. I've been disappointed by most of the Korean BBQ places in Chicago. While I've had some good food, the prices are insane & nothing was really outstanding. A friend of mine loves San Soo Gab San, but the last time we went there, we shelled out almost $100 for 4 people & not a ton of food.

  2. There's quite a decent sized Korean population where are all the cheap Korean BBQ places? In the suburbs?


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