Kimbap is an intimate eatery & bar serving creative Korean-inspired dishes made with fresh, locally sourced, organic food.
111 Seaboard Ave #118, Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 900-8053
Born in South Korea, owner, Kim Hunter, was adopted at the age of one by Mike & Sarah Conyer. She joined her new family in a working-class suburb near Detroit, MI. Family meals were humble yet comforting. Her mom Sarah, being a hospitable midwestern woman, always had a little extra food on standby to feed unexpected visitors. To honor the birthplace of Kim and her two adopted siblings, Kim’s parents made an effort to prepare Korean meals for birthdays and special celebrations, exploring the ingredients and cuisine of the places she has called home provided a sense of connection. Memories were formed around the dinner table and Kim’s passion for food and feeding people came to life.
Years later in Raleigh, North Carolina, Kim decided it was time to work with food. With a love of locally grown fresh food and a desire to connect with her country of origin, she began selling Korean dumplings at local farmers’ markets. Shortly thereafter, she opened the doors at Kimbap, with a commitment to fresh, seasonal ingredients in her Korean-inspired menu.
At Kimbap, locally grown freshness is central to our mission. We pay homage to the vibrant flavors of Korean cuisine while giving a gracious nod to southern comfort food and an enthusiastic high five to the humble hospitality of the Midwest, where Kim’s love of food first developed. Thank you for dining with us. Gamsahabnida (Korean thank you).
Our kitchen is open so that guests can observe the hard work and the fine art of crafting food from the freshest ingredients sourced from people we know and trust. It’s also important to us to be open about the investments we make to support the community which, in turn, supports us.
In 2014, nearly 50% of our food purchases were from local farmers and vendors. This includes beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and a wide range of fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and Vegetables
In Good Heart Farm (http://ingoodheartfarm.com/)
Dog Day Farm (http://dogdayfarm.com/)
Raleigh City Farm (http://raleighcityfarm.com/)
Firsthand Foods (http://firsthandfoods.com/)
Fox Farms (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mushroom-Hut-Fox-Farms)
Blue Sky Farms (http://www.blueskyfarmsnc.com/)
Meat and Seafood
Locals’ Seafood (http://localsseafood.com/)
Coon Rock Farm (http://coonrockfarm.com/)
Ashley Farms (http://www.ashleyfarmsonline.com/)
Heritage Farms (www.heritagecheshire.com/)
Distributors of Local Eggs, Meat, Vegetables
Eastern Carolina Organics (http://www.easterncarolinaorganics.com/)
Pate Dawson/Southern Foods (http://www.pdco.com/)
Local Beverage Producers and Vendors
Muddy Dog Coffee Roasters (https://muddydogcoffee.com/)
Highland Brewing Company (http://www.highlandbrewing.com/)
Mother Earth Brewing (http://www.motherearthbrewing.com/)
Duck Rabbit Brewing (http://www.duckrabbitbrewery.com/)
Our staff does more than make and serve fantastic food. They also provide art for our walls and plants for our pots, as well as laughter and human connections to our many regular customers. The creativity, kindness, and warmth of our staff, friends, and community is integral to our success.