Much has already been said about Sobban, the new offering from the team at Heirloom Market BBQ, and while I agree with some of it, most of the items we tried were very good and not too sweet or salty. Located on a desolate strip of Clairmont in Decatur, Sobban tweaks classic southern dishes with Korean flair and dots the menu with a few Korean staples like bulgogi and bibimbob. Much of the food begs to be shared, so get there early, get the only large table (6-8) and order liberally.
We started out with a few of the appetizers; the chicken wings in chili ginger sauce, pork dumplings and the nori corn dog. The wings were probably my favorite; crunchy, huge, sweet and a little kick of spice.
While quite dense and crunchy, the nori corn dog was full of smokey sausage goodness and reminded me of why so many people love Heirloom Market. I do agree it is a little rich for just one person to handle, so treat it as an app and share it among the table.
The main plates at Sobban focus more on traditional Korean favorites, but also sprinkle in takes on a fried bologna sandwich (w/ kimchi), and fried chicken. I tried the bulgogi rice bowl with soy egg and the bulgogi roll, which was served in a traditional, buttery lobster roll bun!
We only tried one side, the kimchi rice, but it was the best side…at least as corroborated by other patrons and a distant relative I saw at an ugly sweater party.
Sobban’s menu changes often, so be aware that the menu on their website is not entirely accurate, as there were several dishes we had that were not included. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed the food and several have made return trips; I look forward to going back to see how they continue to refine and curate their dishes.