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Korea Restaurant MegaMap

What is the Megamap?

This map is a collection of restaurants curated from various ZenKimchi-run Facebook groups and other Korean food blogs, books, and resources. Click the menu icon on the top left for the map legend and to turn categories on or off.

This is very much a work in progress and just in its beginning stages. I will update this regularly and will eventually have a version you can set up on your smartphone.

If you see any errors, as in, restaurants that don’t exist anymore, please contact me.

Definitions of Map Sections

Not everything fits neatly into its little box, so expect some blurring and nebulousness in food categories and in layers. Here’s a description of the layers.

TOP SPOTS

These are consistently thought of as the best in their fields for food, value, and/or service.

NEWEST OPENINGS

New and buzzed about in the past month or so. Keep in mind that since they’re new, they’re still working out the kinks.

PRETTY DARN GOOD

Even though they’re not in the TOP SPOTS, they are pretty darn good places. They have their fans.

UNIQUE TREASURES

This is my personal favorite category. These are classic endangered old school places.

DEBATABLE

These places have had their fans and their detractors.

AVOID

I seriously don’t like to be negative (go figure). I only include these places because they have caused so much disappointment and anger in the food community.

FOOD NEIGHBORHOODS AND MARKETS

Rather than list every restaurant on Tteokbokki Street–Here’s Tteokbokki Street.

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Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean people will buy it. It’s gotta taste good too.

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My rule of thumb is this. To tell a good chicken place, look at the people inside. If it’s full of beautiful young women taking selfies, likely isn’t good chicken. If it’s full of middle-aged men who look like life has kicked them in the teeth–GREAT CHICKEN!

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Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 4: Y2Y Marketing

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Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 3: Common Myths About Foreigners

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 2: A Clash of Media Cultures

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 1: Know Your Market

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

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10 Best Korean Chicken Joints

My rule of thumb is this. To tell a good chicken place, look at the people inside. If it’s full of beautiful young women taking selfies, likely isn’t good chicken. If it’s full of middle-aged men who look like life has kicked them in the teeth–GREAT CHICKEN!

Impeachment, Robert Kelly, and Whoa F*&% Korea!

I arrived in Korea in 2004. I already had an interest in the country because of a couple courses in Korean history I took. The plan was to stay a year, but when that first year was up, I looked at all the change happening around me. This was a part of the world where...

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One of the most stressful parts of traveling is getting souvenirs for friends, family, and office mates. I've lived in the Seoul area since 2004, and I've been a tour guide for a few years. In my own experience and through talking with tourists over the years, I've...

2016. Crappy Year. Maybe.

Everyone's talking about how 2016 was such a bad year. I agree with that. In my personal/professional life, I didn't have a great year as well. I've been silent about some of these stories because it's taken me a long time to process them. I'll go ahead and get them...

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