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I've found one or two good Korean restaurants in the area, but nothing yet that really satisfies my native tastes. There are myriad restaurants in Annandale, but the vast majority of them are geared toward American (i.e., bland) tastes. I'm dying for some good dukbogi. Any recommendations?

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  1. > There are myriad restaurants in Annandale, but the vast majority of them are geared toward American (i.e., bland) tastes

    If that is true, they are geared towards bland *Korean*-American tastes because I rarely find any waitstaff that speaks English in Annandale -- the clientele is almost always mostly Korean. Maybe you can start by telling us where you have found the food bland.

    1. There is a Korean BBQ place in Annandale that is wonderful, and very reasonably priced (I believe $14 for an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch and $18 for dinner). My roommate is Korean and adores it, and she did not think it was geared toward "American" tastes at all. (When I went, most of the patrons in it were Korean.)

      Unfortunately, the name is escaping me. I remember that it was in a shopping complex off a main highway, and there was also a Korean bakery in the complex. That probably doesn't help much...anybody have any clues? My roommate doesn't recall the name, either.

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        1. re: Minger

          Yep! Just checked with someone else and that's definitely the one. http://www.ilmeebuffet.com/

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          II Mee Buffet Restaurant
          7031 Little River Tpke, Annandale, VA 22003

      1. I'm a big fan of Gamasot in Springfield. But, that could be due to my love for Korean soups. They specialize in seolleongtang and I seem to go there two, three times a month for it. And this from someone who mainly eats at home.

        1. My usual rec. is Gom Ba Woo in Annandale. We're usually the only non-koreans in the place if that can be read as an indication of how American/Korean it is.

          1. Great dukbogi is pretty hard to find. I have yet to find one actually. I make it at home and it is actually very easy to make.

            As for the korean resturants in annandale, I don't think I've ever come across anything that is geared towards americans specifically. I find the food generally pretty good (unless you compare it to LA or Seoul). However, there are a few places that I think are outstanding (to be specific, have an outstanding dish) and would stand up equivalent place in korea or LA.

            Seoul Soondae (soon dae)
            To Sok Jip (blue fish chigae)
            Woo Lee Oak (nang myun) (BTW, has it re-opened)
            Go Yang Jip (gam ja tang)

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                1. re: Steve

                  The name is translated to potato stew. However, for me the potatos are almost an after thought. I love the very rich thick porky stew that is heavily spiced all surrounding huge dinosour size chucks of pork neck. Yum. I hungry. I think I will go get one today for lunch.