I’m just going to come right out and say it – Sunny’s Korean Restaurant is my favorite restaurant in Michiana.
I bet most of you have never experienced the deliciousness of Sunny’s – or have even heard of it. If that’s the case, you’re seriously missing out.
Before experiencing Sunny’s, I had mixed feelings about Korean food. Fermented cabbage? Not for me. Strange dishes that I had never heard of before? Perhaps a little scary. But, after one meal at Sunny’s, I was hooked. Is it the most authentic Korean food? I have no idea. But, regardless, it’s freaking delicious.
Sunny’s is located in a neighborhood on the south side of Mishawaka at 512 South Spring Street – a few blocks from the Midway Tavern. Chom Sun Kaminsky (also known as Sunny) opened the restaurant in 1992 after coming to the United States from South Korea. At the end of the evening, Sunny frequently comes out of the kitchen to greet her guests. Her nickname, Sunny, is appropriate – her bright smile and vivacious personality light up the restaurant.
In my opinion, the best time to go to Sunny’s is Friday or Saturday night, when they offer the all-you-can-eat special. This is also a great opportunity for people who aren’t familiar with Korean dishes to try some of the most popular items. The special is served family-style and costs $16.95 per person. The first course will be either Kimchi or Egg Drop Soup (your choice), followed by a generous portion of the appetizer Ya Kee Mondue, which is shredded vegetables and beef wrapped in a wonton and deep-fried.
Following the appetizers, you’ll receive platters of Bulgogi, sirloin steak marinated in a teriyaki sauce, Chop Chae, thin sweet potato noodles stir fried with vegetables, and a spicy chicken dish that I can’t remember the name of. You’ll also get a huge bowl of rice and an assortment of vegetable sides to put on the Bulgogi. Make sure that you ask for a side of the homemade hot sauce – it’s excellent. If the serving platters are not enough, you can ask for second helpings of your favorite dishes. It’s completely worth the $16.95 price tag. You can also get a carafe of wine for the table for less than $15.
Sunny now also distributes her excellent teriyaki sauce and kimchi seasoning both online and through Martin’s Supermarkets and Whole Foods (both in South Bend/Mishawaka and in other states).
If you go, make sure you check the hours. The restaurant is closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. You should also be prepared to spend some time there. There’s frequently only one server and it can get pretty busy on weekends.
-P.S. – I forgot to take pictures of the food, since we got so excited about its arrival that we just devoured it.