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Oct 8, 2008 04:58 AM

Best Korean food in Cleveland?

Any input on really good Korean? Also, are Seoul Hot Pot and Korea House both cook-it-yourself, or are there other options? Thanks!

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  1. I haven't been to either in a while, but both places offer a pretty wide selection. I've never done "cook it yourself" at either place, though I know Seoul Hotpot offers it. I prefer the Hotpot over the House, on quality, service and taste.

    1. like nancy, i haven't been to either restaurant in quite a while. that said, i always found seoul hot pot far superior to korea house. really great home-style cooking.

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      1. re: wleatherette

        I agree with Nancy and wleatherette. I have not been to either in a while. Hot pot has built in grills. I am struggling to recall what the house uses. They must bring a grill out b/c I cannot picture one built in . The house is more formal, hot pot more modest in atmosphere. I have to say the House does have a short rib steak that is to die for.

      2. Seoul Hot Pot is one the best restaurants in Cleveland. The cook-it yourself Kalbi is awesome.... although I've had better Bulgo Gi in other states. I also recommend the Chicken Stew (it's my favorite Cleveland chicken dish: spicy bone in chincken parts stewed with root vegetables). And ofcourse the Bee Bim Bop is excellent.

        The restaurant also has a great story behind it. Run by a wife and husband for over 15 years... originally started up as a pizza place (you can see "Angelo's Pizza" faintly through the sign out front), and gradually became a Korean restaurant as the clientelle began to favor traditional dishes over Italian food.

        You must check this place out!

        1. i live in downtown cleveland and I haven't been to korea house yet as i've always heard seoul hot pot is better. i used to live in south korea and for the cook it yourself stuff Seoul Hot Pot is really good. not as many side dishes as I would like and sometimes they are a little dry. Their bi-bim-bop is excellent but they lack on my favorite korean dish (kimchi-chi-ge). It's always a little watery and the flavor is not quite there. Overall though the atmosphere is nice, the guy who runs it is great, and for Korean food in Cleveland you can't beat it.

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