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Jun 26, 2008 11:51 AM

Korean BBQ in DC/NOVA

Any recommendations for Korean BBQ (the type where you get raw meat to grill at your table) for a group of 8-10 in DC or NOVA? Has to be metro and wheelchair accessible!

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  1. Only one I know of is at intersection of Rt 29 and Rt. 40 in Ellicott City area (near Baltimore, not DC, and sorry, I don't remember name, but it's not hard to find). It's in a strip shopping mall, not a big place. There are two shopping strips at that intersection. You want the one with the Asian supermarket, NOT the one with the SuperFresh market.
    Wheelchair accessible, great prices, friendly staff, family place.

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    1. re: vanlibris

      I thought there was a bunch of 'em in Annandale but not needing it, I've never thought about wheelchair access. Is that a problem? I thought it was a requirement for a business.

      1. re: MikeR

        While the best Korean places are certainly in Annandale, they are not Metro-accessible (and Baltimore/Ellicott City is about 40 miles from the nearest Metro!).

        A place can be wheelchair accessible legally, but not be wheelchair-friendly, or could be old enough to have a waiver.

        But I'd be willing to bet that most of the Annandale places are reasonably near a bus stop, if a bus from the Metro is acceptable. Hee Been in Alexandria is less than 2 miles from Van Dorn, and it's a new building, so they would probably be wheelchair-friendly.

        Woo Lae Oak in Tysons is another possibility, but I do not know of any place in DC/NoVa that's walking distance from a Metro station.

        1. re: DanielK

          Sorry, I saw wheelchair, but missed metro-accessible. Some buses can handle wheelchairs but not all. Hee Been is probably about a $5 cab ride from Metro so that might be a good bet. Good reports about the lunch buffet, but I don't recall hearing much about dinner and at-the-table grilling.

    2. I don't know the name of it, but there is a Korean place at the corner of University and Viers Mill (Wheaton Metro). I haven't been there, so I don't know if they have table top grills. A Korean restaurant a little further from there does... I forget the name, but it's one block north of University about 1 block east of Georgia Ave.

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      1. re: burkemic99

        the one near university is called Woomi Garden, the one in Ellicot City is called Shin Chon, which just recently opened from a renovation, and there is one on Twinbrook Parkway called Ha Dong Oak. I have been to all of these, and more, many times, they are all good, but Shin Chon has the most polished service, especially for regulars, Ha Dong Oak has the best quality meat, in my opinion, and Woomi is serviceable in general. There is a great soon du bu place (spicy tofu hot pot) near Ha Dong Oak, which is a must for anyone interested in Korean cuisine.

        1. re: coolblursn

          The soon du bu place on Twinbrook is Vit Goel (Lighthouse). I agree that it's excellent.

          But again, the request was for places METRO ACCESSIBLE in VA or DC. These places are all in MD, and nowhere near a metro station.