Dos Mas
Apr10

Dos Mas

Location: Chain Cuisine: Mexican Price: $ Reservations: No Suggested Items: Burrito This little Mexican joint lets you build your own burrito. Choose your set, meat, level of spice, and extras. They assemble it and grill it. I ordered a mixed meat one, spicy, jumbo size with added beans. It looked great when it came out. First bite, though, and I found it was very Koreanized–not in a Kogi Taco Truck way but in a Lotte Department...

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Baru Gongyang Kong 바루공양 콩
Mar05

Baru Gongyang Kong 바루공양 콩

Location: Insa-dong Cuisine: Vegetarian Buddhist temple cuisine Price: $ Reservations: No Suggested Items: Lunch buffet (Baru Gongyang Sang) The little sister to Baru Gongyang (also spelled puzzlingly “Balwoo”) is best known as a lunch stop. It’s in the Temple Stay building across from Jogyesa Temple. I used to go there regularly, but the management there was getting increasingly rude and patronizing. After a year, I...

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The Pizza Pub: Self-serve Pizza & Beer Bar
Feb21

The Pizza Pub: Self-serve Pizza & Beer Bar

Location: Itaewon Cuisine: Pizza Price: $-$$ Reservations: Not necessary Suggested Items: Spicy New York  Pizza, Fried Pickles, Spicy Mango Boneless Wings DISCLAIMER: One meal was paid for by the venue. The Pizza Pub in Itaewon is a fairly new joint ventures by the folks behind The Wolfhound, Reilly’s Taphouse, and Beer O’Clock. They invited me to try out their new place, and I enjoyed it. I later returned on my own dime,...

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Burgers From Mother’s Office in Noksapyeong
Dec22

Burgers From Mother’s Office in Noksapyeong

I can’t tell you how much I love a good burger and fries. It’s my ultimate favorite “unhealthy” food and something I would undoubtedly include in my last meal list if I had the option.   So you can imagine just how excited I was to see a new burger joint opening up in my neighborhood but I was stunned when I saw its name. Mother’s Office.  Not only a blatant rip-off in name but concept as well of my...

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Cheogajip: North Korean Restaurant Featured in The Washington Post
Dec22

Cheogajip: North Korean Restaurant Featured in The Washington Post

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema posted his culinary highlights of 2013. Included was a lunch we had at the humble but divine Cheogajip. I credit Jennifer Flinn for telling me about this place. It’s really off the radar. As the article says, it’s basically run out of this North Korean family’s house near Yaksu Station, a little east of Itaewon. There’s not really a sign out front. Just a small menu...

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Nonhyeon-dong Style: “Hopscotch” Gastro Pub
Oct29

Nonhyeon-dong Style: “Hopscotch” Gastro Pub

[slider] Photos by Bryan Do and Joe McPherson Long before Psy warbled about it, Gangnam was Korea’s capital of cool, but hipsters with taste (are there any…?) may now be heading for the neighboring hood of Nonhyeon-dong. Here, their destination is a spot called “Hopscotch.” Hopscotch bills itself as a “gastro pub” but is cooler than even Gangnam’s most upscale boozers. How so? Well to begin with, there is no sign outside: You have to...

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