Walking distance: 6 minutes from Vanderbilt Corner, 10 minutes to Temple
How to get there: from the Arts Center or Vanderbilt corner, walk south on 12th past Cherry St.
To-go options: yes
Wait time: 5-10 minutes
Prices: entrées $6-12
Atmosphere: bright, clean, modern
Service: deli-style service is friendly and efficient
Stars: 3/5 (star ratings reflect the reviewer’s overall impression, with taste, ambience, and convenience taken into consideration)
Website: http://omabap.com/index.html (menu online)
Chipotle’s Korean equivalent, formerly of Bellevue, relocated nearby last fall. Oma Bap is a cheerful spot for traditional rice or noodle-based fare. The star attraction is Bibimbap, a hearty bowl of rice topped with various veggies, your choice of protein, kimchee, and a fried egg. Drizzle it with sweet soy sauce, add a dab of spicy chili, and swirl it all together with chopsticks or a spoon.
Veggies and options for brown or multi-grain rice make Bibimbap a healthier choice than many of the other restaurants around, but we recommend it for even the nutrition-averse. The mushrooms and carrots are surprisingly flavorful, and the lettuce adds a nice crunch. In a juxtaposition of textures, a gooey yolked, crispy-edged sunny-side up egg complements crispy tofu or tender meat. The only disappointment is the mung bean sprouts: overcooked and salty, these are best pushed to the edge of the bowl.
Those who are hungry need not worry; Oma Bap serves up hearty portions with plenty of protein for athletes. Just make sure you can get there and back in time, as it’s a brisk 10 minute walk from Temple.
Before you go, be sure to pick up 2-for-1 meal discount cards, available in the CUB lobby.