Try the tacos, the bibimbap, and the homemade kimchi, taste the unusual flavors of the brown rice green tea, and thank your lucky stars that this place has blossomed in the middle of the Downtown pavement.Downtown might be the place to go for a Segway tour, nostalgic '96 Olympic paraphernalia, or a parking ticket. But for authentic international food? Normally, you're better off high-tailing it out of the concrete jungle and toward the valley of the 'burbs. And that's exactly why Blossom Tree has this bibimbap fan doing a jig in the middle of Woodruff Park. Open only a year but already sitting proudly atop many a Downtowner's go-to dining list, Blossom Tree has brought simple, fresh Korean food to Peachtree Street without any mention of the word "fusion." Yes, there are tacos, but don't expect to see bits of cilantro all up in that shortrib. Blossom Tree keeps it simple and, well, Korean, filling those tortillas up with bulgogi or shortrib, a few little veggies, and a super-secret family sauce recipe. And as for the bibimbap, that snazzy-named bowl that has my taste buds doing the Charleston? The name translates to "mixed meal," and includes beef, chicken, tofu or pork with rice, a laundry list of veggies, a fried egg, and that secret sauce. Truly a grab-bag of goodness in one big bowl.
The owner, Don, is proud of the food he serves up at the counter, but he also takes serious pride in his ingredients, which he works hard to ensure are healthy, fresh, and hormone-free. Make the most of the healthy vibes and go for the brown rice green tea with your meal—it's sweet, a little tangy, and pairs much better with Blossom Tree's fare than a big gulp of soda. And, like so much of what Blossom Tree serves, it's homemade. The tea, the kimchi, the sauce... you'd be hard-pressed to find just about anything served out of a box in that kitchen, thanks to Don's awesomely high standards. Which just means you're obligated to try a little of everything. Start with the tacos or the bibimbap, try the steamed-then-fried sweet potatoes and the homemade kimchi, taste the unusual flavors of the brown rice green tea, and thank your lucky stars that this place has blossomed in the middle of the Downtown pavement. And feel free to join me in my little bibimbap jig.
Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap, $7.25
Short Rib Taco, $3.25
Pork Kimchi Taco, $2.50
Organic Tofu Taco, $2.25
Beef Kimchi Fried Rice, $7.95
Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday