Cheonghakdong 청학동

Location: Mapo Cuisine: Korean, Snack Food, Pub Grub Price: $-$$ Reservations: No Suggested Items: Modeum Jeon (Various Pancakes), Modeum Twigim (Various Fried Things) Even if you don’t eat here, it’s worth it to check out the colorful Korean pancake market below....


Location: Namsan
Cuisine: Italian
Price: $$$
Reservations: Recommended
Suggested Items: Gnocchi with Smoked Mozzarella, Antipasti

Bonjour Hawaii

Location: Hongdae
Cuisine: French-Hawaiian
Price: $$
Reservations: Not really necessary
Suggested Items: Cocktails, Bonjour Plate

Cook ‘n Heim 쿡앤하임

Location: Jongno
Cuisine: Burgers, Italian
Price: $$
Reservations: Accepted
Suggested Items: Gorgonzola Burger, New York Burger

Cheonghakdong 청학동

Location: Mapo
Cuisine: Korean, Snack Food, Pub Grub
Price: $-$$
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: Modeum Jeon (Various Pancakes), Modeum Twigim (Various Fried Things)

Jumunjinhang 주문진항

Location: Mapo-dong
Cuisine: Korean (South Jeolla Province)
Price: $-$$
Reservations: Accepted. Especially need them on weekend evenings.
Suggested Items: MulHui, Hui DeopBap

Jiri Mountain Eats – Eden Restaurant

If you find yourself in the vicinity of popular tourist spot Jiri mountain, I've got a must-visit bibimbap restaurant for you to try out. Eden Restaurant, or, 에덴식당, keeps odd hours and you'll need to call in advance to check their availability and make a reservation,...

Mimine–For that craving

Location: Hongdae, Sindorim Cuisine: Bunsik (Korean snack food) Reservations No Suggested Items: Gukmul Ddeokbokki (Ddeokbokki "Soup"), Fried Shrimp Other Amenities: Some English NOTE: Pictures are from former location...

Jaws Food

Location: Franchise
Cuisine: Bunsik (Korean snack food)
Price: $
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: Ddeokbokki (chewy rice cakes), Twigim (fried stuff), Kaetnip Twigim (Deep fried stuffed perilla leaf)

Al Matto

Location: Haebangcheon
Cuisine: Italian, Brunch, Pizza
Price: $$
Reservations: Possible
Suggested Items: Pizza!!

Teppen 텟펜 てっぺん

Location: Hongdae
Cuisine: Japanese Izakaya
Price: $$
Reservations: Not necessary
Suggested Items: Stuff from the teppan and the okonomiyaki

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...

Fox Wine Bistro 포도먹는여우

Location: Hongdae Cuisine: Wine bar Reservations: Sometimes required Suggested Items: Pasta, Salads, WINE!! Other Amenities: English menu, English spoken Phone: 02-3143-7191 Location * Please help complete this review by adding information in the...

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....

Braai Republic

Location: Itaewon
Cuisine: South African
Price: $$
Reservations: Sure
Suggested Items: Anything with sausage or lamb, cider

Vatos Urban Tacos

Location: Itaewon
Cuisine: Mexican, Ko-Mexican
Price: $$
Reservations: Taken
Suggested Items: Kimchi Carnitas Fries, Galbi Tacos, Mexican Martini

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...

Vizavi 비자비

A new upscale buffet restaurant has opened at the COEX. Unlimited grilled lamb chops!

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...

El Olivo 엘 올리보

Location: Gwacheon
Cuisine: Spanish
Price: $$
Reservations: Accepted
Suggested Items: Tapas lunch set, Fideo, Creme Brulee

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...

Mui Mui Cafe 무이무이

Location: Apgujeong
Cuisine: Cafe
Price: $$
Reservations: Optional
Suggested Items: Ddeok Spring Rolls

Bistro Seoul 비스트로 서울

Location: Samseong-dong
Cuisine: Korean
Price: $$$
Reservations: Accepted
Suggested Items: Samgyeop Pyeonchae (Cold Pork Salad), Fried Oysters, Hanchi Carpaccio

Petra Palace

Location: Itaewon Cuisine: Middle Eastern Reservations: No Suggested Items: Falafel, hummus Other Amenities: Phone: 02-749-9329 Location * Please help complete this review by adding information in the...

Shy Bana 샤이바나

Location: Soraemaul, Gwanghwamun, and other locations Cuisine: American (Southern) Reservations: Accepted Suggested Items: Hmm... the sides? Other Amenities: English menu Phone: 02-536-2441 Website: Location How the FUCK is this gumbo? And served...

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...

Bulgogi Brothers 불고기브라더스

Location: Chain Cuisine: Korean Reservations: Accepted Suggested Items: Beats me Other Amenities: English menu Location Check here * Please help complete this review by adding information in the...

Tony’s Aussie Bar & Bistro

Location: Itaewon Cuisine: Pub Grub (Australian) Reservations: Ask nicely Suggested Items: Meat pies, Guinness, Sausage rolls Other Amenities: English menu, English spoken, sells frozen pies and sausage rolls when given advanced notice Phone: 02-790-0793 Location...

Saffron 사프란

Location: Myeong.dong Cuisine: Middle Eastern Reservations: Yes Suggested Items: Falafel, Emtabal, Grilled dishes, Lamb dishes Other Amenities: English menu, English spoken Phone: 02-6361-8644 Location More pictures on Flickr. * Please help...

Club Espresso 클럽에스프레소

Location: Buam-dong (north Seoul) Cuisine: Cafe Reservations: No Suggested Items: Straight up coffee Other Amenities: Some English on the menu Phone: 02-764-8719 Location More pictures on Flickr. * Please help complete this review by adding...

Thai Orchid 타이오키드

Location: Itaewon Cuisine: Thai Reservations: Can do Suggested Items: Thai salads Other Amenities: English menu, English spoken Phone: 02-795-3338 Location * Please help complete this review by adding information in the comments   progresso...


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