|Bi bim bop at Bean & Burgundy Bread|
This large, modern-looking space opened late last fall in Ellicott City with a hybrid menu of American food, Korean food, coffees and desserts. It's good-looking, and I had heard that they spent much of the winter making changes to the menu.
But Mrs. HowChow and I still haven't gotten there, which made us curious about RDADoc's lunch. She reported:
As we all know preschoolers don't always make the best restaurant guests. However, after going there today I feel comfortable recommending Bean & Burgundy Bread to people with young children.
Bean & Burgundy Bread does a full day menu -- from breakfast to dinner. Does anyone else have reports? Elizabeth talked up her meal on the Bare Midriff blog in March. I'd love to know what other folks think or recommend. So far, I'm drawn to the baked sweets at Shilla Bakery just east on Rte 40. The Bean & Burgundy sweets hadn't pulled me away, but there are tons of menu items to try.
The atmosphere is casual and kid friend and I did notice several young children there. However, my one caveat is that the only item on the kids menu is grilled cheese. So this isn't the place for you if your children are looking for a traditional American kids menu including pizza, chicken nuggets or hot dogs.
The lunch menu included both sandwiches and Korean dishes. I ordered Bibimbap which is a signature Korean dish served with warm rice, vegetables, gochujang (chili pepper paste), and soy sauce. I ordered mine with brown rice and tofu although they did offer chicken or meat as options. I am no where near as well versed in Korean dishes as the HowChows, but I very much enjoyed it. I just ordered plain tea, but they did have an extensive tea, coffee and smoothie menu. My children were very pleased with their hot chocolate (which was served with a beautiful heart design), grilled cheese and broccoli. All in all it was an enjoyable experience.