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Korean in Atlanta -- Need Suggestions Please

Son lives off Freedom Parkway and I will be just south of town the first week in January. He says he wants Korean that Thursday night. I'm fine with that -- suggestions please? I have to pick him up, and then go even if it is in rush hour -- Honey Pig in Duluth came up on a search -- anyone been? (HOV lane may come in handy here)? Anything else -- lots of flavors and condiments work well for both of us. Generally, looking under $25 each for main course.

Anything wonderful and chow-ish on Buford Hwy?

His Christmas bonus was marrow bones, if that tells you anything.

Thanks!

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Honey Pig
3473 Old Norcross Rd Ste 305, Duluth, GA 30096

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    This got Creative Loafing best Korean...and it's excellent.

    Hae Woon Dae
    Chamblee/Doraville
    5805 Buford Highway, Suite 5
    phone 770-458-6999

    Don't bother with Honey Pig, especially if you have to drive. They're pretty rude and it's not as 'authentic' seemingly.

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    Honey Pig
    3473 Old Norcross Rd Ste 305, Duluth, GA 30096

    Hae Woon Dae Restaurant
    5805 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

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    1. re: GianniB

      So Kong Dong, 5280 Buford Hwy, Doraville is also a worthwhile candidate.

      1. re: GianniB

        I took my brother here about a year after he came back from his station in Korea when he was desperate for some authentic bulgogi. He loved it and claimed it was just like what he ater over there. It was my first time for bulgogi, but I really enjoyed it too.

        1. re: jboeke

          Thanks for your suggestions!

          jboeke -- which one did you take your brother to?

          1. re: birgator

            Hae Woon Dae
            Sorry that wasn't clear! :)

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            Hae Woon Dae Restaurant
            5805 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

            1. re: jboeke

              Thanks -- I think that's the one we'll try. Easier to get to for sure! I'll report back in Jan.

      2. Hae Woon Dae and Cho Sun Ok are great for Korean bbq. So Kong Dong is excellent as well, even though they specialize more in tofu soups, and you don't get to grill the meat at your table. They are all quite close together along Buford Highway, though.

        Cho Sun Ok is at:
        5865 Buford Highway Northeast
        Doraville, GA 30340

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        Hae Woon Dae Restaurant
        5805 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

        1. Han Il Kwan is overlooked and terrific. Also Buford Hwy.

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          1. re: tenntexga

            Went to Hae Woon Dae and while it was good, it wasn't a knockout. We got noodles with vegetables for the non-meat eater, very tasty. Pork belly and marinated beef for the barbecue which only came with napa as a wrap. Six small dishes of condiments, including daikon, kim chee which was more woody and less spicy that we like, matchstick potatoes in a mayo type dressing, and three others I couldn't identify plus some sort of hot spice mixture, raw garlic and raw sliced jalapenos. The barbecue didn't seem hot enough long enough, so the beef was not well cooked and on the tough side while the pork was excellent. I didn't get rice, son had to ask for his.

            Table next to us got orange segments as an end to their meal, and what wasn't eaten went back into the fridge for the next customer -- pretty much of a turn off. We'll try some place different next time I think.

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            Hae Woon Dae Restaurant
            5805 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

            1. re: birgator

              Sorry I didn't see your post earlier. I would have seconded tenntexga's recommendation of Han Il Kwan. I have been there with Korean food fans [military vets who had served in Korea and enjoyed the authentic food] and we all thought it first-rate. Excellent marinated meats cooked at table on real charcoal, with great sides.

          2. Stone bowl house is absolutly the most awesome of bi bim bop places the food is very fresh, the ban chan is great and it is clean as a pin u could eat off the floor!LOL, THE SEAFOOD CREPE IS FANTASTIC i CANT SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT THIS PLACE, STONE BOWL HOUSE ROCKS, I also for cheap korean eats at gwinnett farmers market on shackelford, Good Homemade noodles soups and such!

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            1. re: thetiv

              True! Love Stone Bowl House! The little grandma who runs and cooks there is the sweetest. The service is impeccable, and she'll come out and check in on your meal. She does a 12 course meal that is really impressive and well worth it. One of my favorites. The ban chan is probably the best in town - has a huge variety and really fresh.