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korean barbecue in Philly?

Any suggestions for great Korean food in C.C.?

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  1. I'm sorry, but the offerings in Center City are pretty bad. If you're willing to go over the bridge to Cherry Hill, there's a good place on Route 70 called Beawon. If you absolutely have to stay in Center City, you may end up going to Pastoral on 13th just south of Walnut, although I would really not recommend it as their food is not the greatest.

    1. I'm not sure if it's great Korean barbecue and it's not quite Center City, but Porky and Porkie's at 11th and Washington is all you can eat for about $16.

      For that price you get a choice of all sorts of marinated raw meats, including the regular marinated beef, beef ribs, chicken, spicy pork, spicy squid, bacon, and I think they sometimes have tripe or chicken gizzards. In addition, they usually have either fried rice or cellophane noodles, sushi(limited), fruit and all the proper accompaniments to the meat (lettuce, garlic, sliced hot peppers, and bean paste).

      If you want great barbecue, go to Kim's BBQ House on North 5th Street in Olney. It's fantastic, but the neighborhood is a bit iffy and getting there isn't so easy without a car.

      Good Luck

      1. Actually there is a GREAT Korean barbecue on Chestnut st between 20th and 21st. It is called Miran, and it is open for lunch or dinner (except Sundays) and each time I've eaten there I've been very satisfied. We had four people, brought our own beer, had apps and three kinds of bbq and spent under $50! Delicius and you know it is authentic because it is filled with Korean students from Penn and Drexel.

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        1. re: phillydoc

          I couldn't agree more. Miran is excellent, whether you do the BBQ or bibim bap or other traditional dishes. And, the staff is very, very friendly.

        2. Forgot about Miran; I went there once and for some reason never went back.

          Porky and Porkie's is awful; there is no flavor to the meat. I got the impression that it was owned by Vietnamese people. Some of the things they offer shouldn't be necessary if they were truly a good Korean BBQ. I do remember their banchan being particularly unappetizing and the kimchi tasting strange. I'm not that well-versed in the subtleties of whether or not kimchi is homemade and how well it is made, but theirs is pretty obviously bad.

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          1. re: mrsry

            I actually loved P&P, though I think the owners are Thai. I thought their meat had a ton of flavor, sweet and hot and spicy, especially the kalbi (short ribs). It was cheap ($15 bucks for dinner), they have a full bar, and it was immaculately clean too.

          2. Kim's Barbecue on north 5th Street in Olney is very good. Has been there for at least a dozen years or so and going strong.

            Neighborhood is, shall we say, haggard...but you'll be fine.

            5900 Block of 5th street.

            Still hankering for Korean?...there a re number of restaurants in this area on N 5th. Continue north on 5th until you hit cheltenham ave...a number of restaurants in the strip mall there...

            1. just dined at miran (2034 chestnut st) and was very pleasantly surprised! i had vege dumplings and a huge bowl of tofu + rice soup with cabbage, broccoli and all the usual fixings. nice spice mix & great cabbage here. very friendly waitstaff, too, they will bring you all the extra veggies you want! they have grills at each table for if you order two meats (being vegetarian and dining solo, i obviously didn't get to try this but the table next to me was having a blast!). fairly crowded. BYO. their takeout menu says they deliver, too. i will definitely be back. A+

                1. I am a big fan of Tampopo for Korean food. Never had a bad meal at the location on 21st and chestnut.

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                  1. re: Vino100

                    While I also like Tampopo for quick, cheap, fairly good takeout - the people are so friendly, always give me extra hot sauce - I think they are more like a fast neighborhood place than a destination for bbq. There are no table bbqs, and the food is probably the most American-tasting Korean I've had.

                  2. I've been to Kim's Korean Barbeque several times now, and the food is delicious. I'm not an aficionado of the cuisine, but my husband has been to Korea several times and he finds Kim's quite authentic. They now have beer on the menu, but you can also byob. Be careful not too order too much food, the 4 of us ordered two appetizers and two bbque dinners and it was alot of food. The pancake and dumpling appetizers were delicious, but huge. The bbque dinner comes with kimchee and assorted other dishes on the side. The staff was very sweet, but did not speak much english. I think the neighborhood is fine, I would feel safe going there with just other women, so if there are men in your group, I wouldn't worry at all.

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                    1. re: pafoodie

                      i had some extra time on my hands today so i went up to kim's ... i live off the same street, further south, so it was just a drive up 5th. i guess this is for another thread, but i almost got sidetracked by the centro de oro area... i'll have to do some more exploring there. i've only had korean food a handful of times and i guess being vegetarian takes the fun out of most of it, what with the BBQing and all, but the restaurant smelled wonderful. i got the bibimbap which came with all those sides, and i ordered the pancake cooked with jalepenos as well. WAY too much food for one person. probably enough for 4. for $22, which includes a beer. it's definitely a cuisine i have much to learn about. while it was all tasty, i'm still not sure if i'm eating the bibimbap correctly! :)
                      the neighborhood seems fine to me. i was there around 4pm and didn't see anything shifty or out of the ordinary. i wouldn't worry about it, if that's what's keeping anyone from going!