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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!

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Where is there Teppanyaki in Seoul?

JW Marriott, near Express Bus Terminal, has been giving a teppanyaki makeover to its Japanese restaurant Mikado. For the month of May, guest chef Cyrus Mann A. Platon, a teppanyaki master from Benihana at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa in Australia, will be...

New Menu at Craftworks Euljiro

We all know Craftworks. But have you been to the Euljiro location in north Seoul? It's in the basement of the Pine Avenue Building outside Euljiro 3-ga Station, exit  12 (map at the bottom of the post). I was invited by them to check out this new menu that only this...

Review: Dick Blomster's Korean Diner, Guerneville, Calif.

Finding California wine country's hottest new 한식 hanshik (Korean food) can be as challengingly fun as discovering next pinot noir wine sensation, but it's equally well worth the effort. Dick Blomster's Korean Diner, formerly known as Hi Five Korean/American Diner,...

8 Great Korean Restaurant Franchises (and bad ones)

There's something I'd say for Korea that I wouldn't say for America--there are some freakin' good restaurant franchises that I'd recommend even over independent restaurants. Their quality is consistently good. These would also be great brands to export. I'm leaving...

BCD Tofu House – Los Angeles

Bukchang-dong (or BCD) Tofu House has been one of the most popular Korean restaurants for years. I believe it's one of those rare Korean restaurants that was born in America and made its way back to the Motherland, Korea. They have 15 locations in and around the Los...

Palsaik Korean BBQ – Los Angeles

I would like to deeply apologize, to all the ZenKimchi followers, for my long absence. I'll be more diligent in posting more often. One of the representative Korean foods is 삼겹살 (samgyupsal), uncured pork belly, or the Korean bacon. As a matter of fact, samgyupsal's...

Restaurant: Korean BBQ Plus!, Concord, Calif.

Serendipity brought me to this restaurant on the east side of the San Francisco Bay area. I had an appointment with friends in Concord early one February morning. By noon, our meeting was over, and I was hungry. Rather than waiting until I returned to more familiar...

Hidden kimchi: Java Hub, San Anselmo, Calif.

Many assume the territory between San Francisco and Sonoma County wine country an hour's drive north is bereft of Korean cuisine. I did, too, until I discovered one long-disguised as a coffee shop. Java Hub Cafe is Marin County's only noted venue for Korean victuals....

Seoul Garden, St. Louis

I haven't visited St. Louis in 18 years, and I certainly don't remember the city for its Asian food. So it was a treat to eat at a Korean restaurant there during a recent 20th high school reunion trip to rural southern Illinois. St. Louis is the nearest major...

Wa! Ssada Restuarant – Los Angeles

Let's test your 'gringo-ness.' When someone says sushi, what comes to your mind? If you said raw fish, then congratulations - you're one of the truest of the true gringos. Sushi is the vinegared rice that the slices of raw fish, or any other toppings, rest on. Ok,...

Myungdong Grill Restaurant – San Francisco Bay Area

Recently, a few of my friends have been asking me where to get the best Korean food in the South Bay (San Jose Area of California). It's then when my drill down questioning starts, because some places make great soups while others make great meat dishes. It is very...

Review: Korean Village Wooden Charcoal BBQ House, San Francisco

The restaurant was nearly empty when we sauntered in at 1:45 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. Two men were engaged in an animated conversation in a Chinese language at a table on the opposite side of the restaurant, their words echoing off the walls and the mirror that...

Oppadak – Awesome Chicken Eats in Seoul

By Jason Yu In the early afternoon here in Seoul, Korea, a delightful smell is just around the corner.  As my friends and I head for the restaurant, the fresh aroma is coming from not just any Korean restaurant.  While Kimchi, bulgogi and bibimbap may be Korean...

VIP Restaurant, Anchorage, Alaska

On trips to see family in Alaska's largest city, Anchorage, I make it a point to visit VIP Restaurant at least once. It's located in the Valhalla Center, a retail and office building amid the Korean business cluster along West Northern Lights Boulevard. There are a...

86'ed: Smith 先生

This is part of our 86'ed series, restaurants that no longer exist that we still love. Cuisine: Japanese Price: $$ Reservations: No Suggested Items: Tataki, Buta no kakuni, Shouchu Japanese themed izakaya are popping up more these days. I say Japanese themed because...

86'ed: Memphis King Barbecue

This is part of our 86'ed series, restaurants that no longer exist that we still love. Location: Bangbae-dong Cuisine: Barbecue Price: $ Reservations: Sure, why not? Suggested Items: Rack of ribs, BBQ Spaghetti, BBQ Burrito, Coke Float Memphis King imports its ribs...

San Tung Chinese Restaurant – San Francisco Bay Area

Jajangmyun (자장면) is one of the national foods of Korea, you will not find one Korean person who doesn't like it. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but you get the idea. The said tasty noodle dish is Chinese in origin. However, it was created with Korean people's...

San Francisco Restaurants: YakiniQ

I'll admit, despite how it looks or tastes, it's pretty hard to mess up Korean BBQ. Let's call it Korean grilled meat, to be more accurate. The Korean meat marinade is not that difficult to make, either. The real art is in the type of meat and its preparation. Of...

Itaewon’s Biggest Rip-offs?

There's a pretty old thread on Dave's--HEY, come back! I feel the same way, but sometimes they have useful info in there. I just got sucked into this 14-page thread called "Ripoff restaurants in Itaewon" that was started in 2009 and noticed that certain places popped...

Tov Tofu, Santa Rosa

Tov Tofu in Santa Rosa opened in late 2010 and is the latest Korean restaurant to open in Sonoma County, a winegrowing region about an hour north of San Francisco. Bear Korean in Cotati opened several years ago, followed by the now shuttered Nha Bee in Santa Rosa and...

Review: New Garden Restaurant, Los Angeles area

Written by Taeyang Yoon Rowland Heights restaurant known for jajangmyeon Continuing our journey down the 'Korean' section of Colima Road in Rowland Heights, we stop at one of my favorite places. I have been coming here on a fairly regular basis for a few months now....

Zazang Korean Noodle, San Francisco

I found this little Korean noodle shop in San Francisco within walking distance of the University of California at San Francisco's medical offices and a Kaiser Permanente hospital. This section of Geary Boulevard is a busy boulevard with little parking. The nearest...

Honey Cuisine Sushi & BBQ, Rohnert Park, Calif.

Honey Cuisine Sushi and BBQ is just a stone's throw from Sonoma State University. Since the restaurant opened May 2008, its patron mix has been 50-50 college students and locals, according to restaurant owner Hyun Kim. Most of the diners on the two nights I visited...

Korea House, Santa Clara, California

After a five-month stay in Southern California, I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. I began to miss good Korean food following a few evenings in various Japanese restaurants. Jonesing for home-style 조선 Joseon food, my date and I stopped at Korea House restaurant...

The magic of Korean-Uzbek food at Cafe at Your Mother In Law

I saw the mother-in-law.  She definitely looked Korean. This NY Times review by Dave Cook of Eating in Translation intrigued me and several of my friends.  Korean-Uzbek food?  At Cafe at Your Mother in Law?  What could that mean? It turns out that there is a sizable...

Go Hyang Tofu Restaurant, Los Angeles area

Written by Taeyang Yoon. There is a pretty nice Korean community in the Rowland Heights/Diamond Bar area on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties. Along Colima Road, between Fullerton Road and Fairway Drive, you can find a number of Korean and Chinese restaurants. A review of Go Hyang Tofu Restaurant in Rowland Heights.

Brother’s Korean, San Francisco

Brothers Restaurant, located San Francisco's Inner Richmond neighborhood, is one of the few Korean restaurants in San Francisco that is Zagat-rated. It tied with Namu as Best Korean Restaurant in the 2010 Eat and Drink Reader's Choice Awards by 7x7 magazine. Brothers...

Calbi Fusion Tacos and Burritos, Los Angeles

Written by Taeyang Yoon Korean taco trucks are part of the growing assortment truck-based cuisine, offering simple fusion of Korean-style marinated meat with Mexican tacos. Although, it's not as simple as just replacing taco meat with Korean barbecue. Privately owned...

Cocobang, San Francisco

Posted by Tammy Cocobang is located  at 550 Taylor Street near San Francisco's Tenderloin district within walking distance of Union Square and the Civic Center. Owners Huh Joon-young and Hur Joon-seok, operating as Daebak Enterprise Corp., have created a small...

Namu at the San Francisco Ferry Building

Namu is a Korean and Japanese fusion restaurant owned and operated by three Korean American brothers — chef Dennis Lee and his brothers, Daniel and David — who have established a presence at the Thursday and Saturday farmer’s markets at the San Francisco Ferry Building.

R.I.P. U.S.O.

A little late in reporting, but the beloved USO Canteen closed down in December 2009. The USO is still around, but for some reason, the canteen is gone. They didn't have the best food, but they did have the best selection of American comfort foods at U.S. Army prices,...

Sorabol Korean food court restaurant

Posted by Tammy My husband, in-laws and I recently drove into San Francisco for a jaunt to the Asian Art Museum. After a docent-led tour of the Korean collection and walk-through of the remainder, we were very hungry. A Sorabol Korean restaurant was just down the...

Vintage Post: Lamb Galbi Restaurant in Anyang

When I ride above-ground transportation through Korea, I like to play a game where I read as many Korean signs as I can before they pass by. As a result, my reading speed is about at the level of a five-year-old's. On the bus home from work last week, I caught this...

Chef Meili: Austrian Heart

It looks like Chef Meili is getting respect from the Seoul foodie crowd. I had featured the Chef Meili Delicatessen in Itaewon earlier (now located under the restaurant). Yet I didn't feel like I could do a good piece on the main Chef Meili restaurant itself without...

Late Night Korean Fried Chicken Pub in San Francisco

The Examiner reviews Toyose, a Korean hof in San Francisco that serves the now popular Korean fried chicken, along with Korean beers and yogurt soju cocktails. Sounds fairly authentic from the article. They have Haemul Pajeon ("pizza-sized seafood and scallion...

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