One of the first food joints I visited when I moved to the Treasure Valley was Cupbop Korean BBQ. I am a huge fan of bibimbap and was hoping to find that or something similar at the restaurant. Korean food notoriously can be veganized, and when I looked up the menu I was pleased to see I had options. And I've lived in Meridian since I got here which made the location convenient.

I do spend a lot of time in Boise for work and I often think about getting Cupbop on my lunch break only to remember that it's too far away. Thankfully that will no longer be an issue, as the franchise is set to open a location on the corner of 8th and Bannock Street. The restaurant will take of the space left behind by Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters, which closed its doors for the final time back in August.

It joins what is often referred to as 'restaurant row.' The fast-casual dining spot will share a block with Bittercreek Alehouse, Eureka!, Pie Hole, and The Funky Taco. Korean BBQ is a great addition rounding out the diversity of restaurants. Plus, it's inexpensive, filling, and delicious: the trifecta of what makes a meal worthwhile.

Until the 298 N. 8th St. location opens you can enjoy Cupbop at its Meridian location at 1520 W. Chinden Blvd. and at 1471 Caldwell Blvd. in Nampa. If you see me there let me know what you're ordering. I love knowing what other people eat and comparing it to my own taste. I know that's kind of weird, but so am I!