WICKER PARK — Longtime Urbanbelly fans will get a blast from the past in August as the Michelin Bib Gourmand-winning Korean fusion restaurant helmed by Chef Bill Kim brings back the hits from the opening menu in 2008.
“We’re grateful that our guests have followed us on this 10-year journey. We had good years on California Avenue. By bringing these dishes back, we hope we stir up more fond memories among our guests!” Kim said in a news release about the anniversary specials.
In August, Kim will spotlight three dishes from Urbanbelly’s first menu, when he and his wife, Yvonne Cadiz-Kim, opened the original location on California Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood. The original Urbanbelly in Avondale moved to the current West Loop location in the fall of 2013, to share a location with bellyQ. The Wicker Park Urban Belly, which replaced Penny’s Noodles, opened in 2016.
First up from Aug. 1 – 10 is Asian Bolognese with udon, Korean chili paste, cucumber, onion and basil ($13).
The next offering, to run from Aug. 11 – 20, will be short rib fried rice topped with three bone-in short ribs ($13).
The third special, available Aug. 21 – 31, will be Soba noodles with bay scallops, Thai basil and chili threads in a chicken pho broth ($15).
Long regarded within the Chicago dining community as a pioneer of the ramen trend, Kim was one of the first chefs with a fine dining background to open a fast casual restaurant with Urbanbelly in 2008.