A Brilliant Healthy Fast Food Concept (B. B. Bop Rice Bowls)

5 Aug

Imagine the convenience of a Chipotle-style, build-your-own counter service model combined with semi-exotic flavors like Bangkok curry and Chiang Mai chili all based on a the Korean classic bibimbap, and B. B. Bop Rice Bowls is born.

Traditional Korean bibimbap involves layering sautéed or steamed vegetables, lean grilled meat, and an egg on top of a hot stone bowl filled with steamed rice. The popular dish is highly nutritious since it contains all the necessary components of a complete, nourishing meal. B. B. Bop uses the basic of idea of bibimbap and works the concept around the “build your own” frenzy of consumer America. Add to the formula the turnaround time of a fast food restaurant, and B. B. Bop is a win-win choice for a healthy, nutritious, fast lunch.

To build a rice bowl at B. B. Bop, choose your rice (jasmine, brown, or house, jasmine rice with a hint of ginger and sesame oil), protein (grilled beef, chicken, tofu, or two additional vegetables), and four lightly steamed vegetables (cabbage, corn, peas, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, chickpeas, bell peppers, and bean sprouts). The fresh goodies are layered in a recyclable, microwave and dishwasher-safe, plastic bowl for you to add one or more of seven sauces, ranging from traditional Asian (soy and teriyaki) to something not normally associated with bibimbap (tomatillo cucumber salsa and coconut curry sauce). Close the lid, and shake until your sauce of choice spreads its tastiness throughout the chosen ingredients. Voila! A healthy, fast lunch! For those watching the carb-intake, B. B. Bop also offers a rice-free version of the bowl.

In addition to the “build your own” rice bowls, B. B. Bop also offers Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches for under $4. The banh mi’s are toned down for American taste (no pate or head cheese involved), but the essence of the Vietnamese classic stays intact through the mild sweetness of the crunchy, pickled carrots, familiar fragrance of the fresh cilantro, and pungent kick of the jalapeno slices. Add B. B. Bop’s well seasoned grilled meat (beef or chicken) and freshly baked baguette into the mix, and it’s a sandwich you’ll be coming back for.

Entrees: $4-$7

Rating: 4 / 5

B. B. Bop Rice Bowls
2460 Lacy Lane
Carrollton, TX 75006

This review is to appear in edited form in the upcoming book, the Fearless Critic Dallas Restaurant Guide. The book will be released in 2009 at bookstores and on Amazon.com. For more information about the book, please contact Fearless Critic Media.

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10 Responses to “A Brilliant Healthy Fast Food Concept (B. B. Bop Rice Bowls)”

  1. nocturnalsunshine 08/06/2008 at 10:19 am #

    Hands down the best idea ive heard in months.
    I will be checking this out soon.
    Everytime i hear about this book i get a little giddy inside.
    Its gonna be great!

  2. Margie 08/06/2008 at 8:31 pm #

    Why not in my neighborhood? Why? I am dying for something like this. I’m so tired of all the modestly priced food around here being awful. I was just thinking tonight about where we could get a good dinner for less than $40. It’s slim pickens. But, that would be perfect.

  3. Lisa 08/12/2008 at 7:21 am #

    OMG – my co-blogger would LOVE this place. Bi Bim Bap is her favorite dish! I’m emailing her STAT.

    Our blog is http://dallaseats.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the awesome tip! Love your blog; hope you like ours, too :)

    Lisa

  4. Lisa 08/14/2008 at 1:21 pm #

    OK, it’s official – me and FoodiePrincess are going to try this place in two weeks. We’ll definitely blog about it!

    p.s. How cool is it that you just visited Los Pinos Ranch? Awesome place, huh?

  5. donnaaries 08/15/2008 at 7:57 am #

    Great Lisa, just keep in mind that BB Bop is only open Mon-Fri 11:00am-7:00pm. I’d hate for you to drive there on a weekend only to find closed doors.

    Yeah what a coincidence that was!

  6. michelle 08/17/2008 at 5:40 pm #

    i LOVE this idea. it sounds delicious. i’m not usually in that neighborhood, but i’m keeping this on the list of places to remember so that next time i’m there i can try it :)

  7. donnaaries 08/28/2008 at 9:29 am #

    Went back to B B Bop for an early dinner last night (I love the Seoul on Fire sauce on some brown rice) and noticed there’s a promotion for buy one bowl get one half off on Mondays. Too bad I don’t work near this place and they close at 7:00pm!

  8. diynovice 08/28/2008 at 2:02 pm #

    Don’t forget, Wednesday you get a free drink with any Rice bowl purchase. That just sweetens the deal more…

  9. Patricia 09/18/2009 at 11:55 am #

    Just had this for lunch today and I LOVED IT! My goodness it was fresh, tasty and it felt healthy. Good thing that I passed up on the quick burger around the corner. The variety of sauces was wonderful. I took a little of the teriyaki and another korean style one. I work up the street and will for sure be back again and again.

  10. Jon 01/28/2010 at 9:40 am #

    I tried their rice bowl many times. I love the sauces – I can’t decide which one is the best because they’re all tasty. I especially love their steak – simply amazing!!!

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