I’m not sure when eating kimchi for lunch became socially acceptable, but I’m really glad it did. These days, I have no shame noshing on some Korean for lunch and going straight back into the office … after popping a mint (or two) that is. And with the convenience of Blossom Tree just a few blocks away from my office, having kimchi for lunch has never been easier.
Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta near the Georgia State University campus, the weekday lunch crowd is always bustling with activity. You’ll find students and professionals alike rubbing elbows in the small eatery; however, service is fast and efficient and tables open up quickly. If you’re claustrophobic or don’t like eating in a cramped setting, you can always take your order across the street to Woodruff Park or score a bench on Broad Street to enjoy your meal in the great outdoors (smoggy city version).
The menu is surprisingly large and offers a good introduction to some popular Korean dishes. If you’re new to Korean food, I would advise you to start with the taco plate, which comes with 3 tacos and your choice of 2 sides. This allows you to sample the authentic flavors of Korean food (spicy hot pepper sauce and marinaded protein) while wrapping it up in a safe flour taco and green lettuce. My favorites? The galbi and crispy pork (or chicken) tacos. As for sides, I love all of them and struggle indecisively while standing in line over which to order. Sweet potatoes and corn salad. No, dumplings and pickles. Wait, dumplings and kimchi. This inner debate goes on for about 5 minutes until I am standing at the counter and blurt something out: “Soup and salad!”
Other “safe” dishes are their rice dishes. White or brown rice is offered with your choice of protein and two sides.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, might I recommend the bibimbap or kimchi fried rices. The bibimbap is similar to that of Kwan’s Deli located on the other side of downtown — both offer a bowl full of fresh vegetables, spicy sauces, and flavorful protein. Blossom Tree’s portion is a bit smaller than Kwan’s but their inclusion of 2 side options makes up for it. And let me not forget to mention the free Rice Green Tea at Blossom!
Live on the edge and go get some kimchi for lunch. Just make sure you don’t have a meeting afterwards. 🙂
64 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303