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Current Korean in MSP?

Hi all,

'Hounder in town from NYC--am looking for a place to introduce my mom to Korean food this weekend in Minneapolis. I did a search, but couldn't find anything recent that isn't in Fridley or Eagan--any help on what's currently the best?

Very much appreciated.

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  1. Don't fear Fridley. It's friendly.

    Seriously, others have mentioned a place in Columbia Heights (a.k.a. South Fridley) which I have yet to check out, but neither downtown is known for good Korean if that's what you're looking for. If you must stick to Saint Paul or Minneapolis, may I suggest you introduce your mom to Vietnamese instead? You'll have a lot more options.

    1. For starters, where would you like this place to be?

      1. There are a couple of Korean places on Snelling Ave. north of University in the midway area of St. Paul. Five blocks off the freeway. I haven't been to them in years but they used to be good.

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        Snelling Cafe
        638 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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        1. re: ibew292

          I'd stay away from the Korean restaurants on Snelling.

          I'd go to Korea Restaurant over in Stadium Village at the U or Dong Yang in Hilltop (a tiny little town tucked into a notch in Columbia Heights). Dong Yang is a grocery store with a lunch counter in back. Not sure if they serve dinner.

        2. If you are looking for the nicest place - in the sense of decor and atmosphere - you should probably head out to King's in Fridley. It's the "nicest" restaurant that has decent food that I've been to. As far as good quality Korean, I would recommend Dong Yang in Columbia Heights and/or Korea Restaurant in Dinkytown. Both have great Korean food, but little in the way of ambiance. Dong Yang is a lunch room in the back of a grocery store. I can't recommend any of the places on Snelling - I've only been to the place that was Shilla and then Kumgangsan (now Korean and Sushi World Restaurant) and it's only so-so. I've not eaten at Mirror of Korea also on Snelling, but I know that some like it.

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          Kings Restaurant
          1051 Moore Lake Dr E, Minneapolis, MN 55432

          Dong Yang Oriental Food
          735 45th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

          Korea Restaurant
          211 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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          1. re: bob s

            I'll second bob's recommendation of Dong Yang. Good bibimbap and bulgogi.

            For me, Korea is good, but not worth going out of the way for...plus it's a block from HK Noodle which I have an affinity for I can't explain. There are Korean dishes on the menu at Pagoda, however the one I have had (stone rice) was poorly executed.

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            Hong Kong Noodle
            901 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

            1. re: Foureyes137

              I, too, have a strange affinity for Hong Kong Noodle sometimes. ;-)

              I forgot to say that in all of the Korean restaurants I've been to in the Twin Cities, you will only run into standard Korean fare - all of the banchan could be interchangeable as far as I can tell.

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              Hong Kong Noodle
              901 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

              1. re: Foureyes137

                What does Hong Kong Noodle have and what do you like there?

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                Hong Kong Noodle
                901 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

                1. re: karykat

                  Nothing Korean, so my response will get yanked by the mods.

            2. Thanks, all. I should have been more specific--ambiance/price would be completely unimportant to me-- $1 ho pang or $20 kalbi jim, as long as it's good--I'm just looking to make my mother fall in love with Korean food as I have, and she's a 'hound at heart--the main problem is that I'm sort of limited to as close to Minneapolis proper as possible, as I'm in town with just my mother for a very short time (Sunday night and Monday lunch) after Easter (before which it's not an option for a variety of reasons). That said, not scared of Fridley or Eagan--I'll see if we can make it work--food above all...

              p.s.--emphasis is on Korean because I've got no problem with introducing her to Vietnamese--she's been eating Vietnamese for about thirty years now--it's hard to find something new for her, but Korean's one of the few.

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              1. re: planetjess

                Dong Yang for lunch should do it for you!

                Go North on Central Ave to the strip mall between 45th & 46th streets. Drive all the way to the back end of the property, where the Harbor Freight Tools has a large sign on a separate building.

                The entrance to Dong Yang is just to the right of the doors for Harbor Feight, and the restaurant area is in the back of the store.

                Dong Yang Oriental Foods
                735 45th Avenue Northeast
                Minneapolis, MN 55421-2302
                (763) 571-2009

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                Dong Yang Oriental Food
                735 45th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421