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Apr 1, 2013 10:15 AM

Best KBBQ joint in K-Town not named Parks?

Had another great meal at Park's over the weekend, but also had the largest bill yet - $300 for 6 people + tip. Quality and service were spectacular as usual, however I want to see what else is out there.

So what are the players in 2013? Road to Seoul? Soot Bull Jeep?

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  1. What do you think about the one opened by the comedian of the same name? (Kang Ho Dong baekjeong)

    I like that they put some emphasis on pork bbq.

    Also wanna put genwa up, but i'm not sure if that's close enough to be ktown??

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    1. re: blimpbinge

      Almost went to Genwa instead of Road to Seoul last night, but it seemed kinda pricey too. Probably not Park's pricey, and I realize the OP wasn't asking for less expensive, but mentioning the price kinda makes me think that way.

      1. re: PeterCC

        While less expensive is definitely a motivating factor, I'll take any/all recs as I'm looking to see what else is out there and see if Park's is still (imo) best of class.

        I actually find Park's very affordable when it's only me + SO; we get out of there for ~$30pp. We just went fucking crazy this weekend with wagyu and hite.

        1. re: PeterCC

          yeah, i was wondering about the korean bbq joint with the comedian as owner ???

          Any good ?

          What's the name again ?

          1. re: kevin

            it's the one we're talking about dude, kang ho dong. it's literally in the post PeterCC replied to

            "What do you think about the one opened by the comedian of the same name? (Kang Ho Dong baekjeong)"

      2. Kang Ho Dong is banging right now. The beef quality is really fantastic even at the bottom of the combo levels, and you get out for ~$30/pp all in. You just can't let 'em fux w/ your steak since they're so damned helpful and insists on killing the cow a second time on the grill.

        Ten-Raku has also emerged in the recent months due to their wagyu offerings.

        On the AYCE front: Don Day + OO-Gook.

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        1. re: TonyC

          Hang Ho Dong Baekjeong is on my to-try list. Fellow CH chrishei went recently and really liked it:

          (I'll have to check those two AYCE places out.)

          1. re: PeterCC

            I recommend going to kanghodong really really really early. The waits later on in the night are ridiculous.

          2. re: TonyC

            Going to Kang Ho Dong on Thursday. Any must have's or just get the pork/beef combo ?

            1. re: ns1

              either/or. just don't eat the nasty egg in the moat.

              go at 5:00 P.M., or go at 11 P.M. (NB: Toe Bang has happy hour til 8:00 P.M.)

          3. Haven't been to SBJ in years but enjoyed it when I used to go.

            Our current favorite is Soowon Galbi, which seems to fly under the radar on CH. It's got a great variety of banchan, good cuts of meat, more affordable pricing, nice ambiance, etc.

            1. SF hound posting here - have only been to soowon galbi - but thought it was absolutely incredible - they don't overmarinate the galbi, which lets the flavor of the meat shine through, rather then using lots of marinade to cover up poor-quality meat (which is also why they don't do all you can eat).

              1. +1 for Kang Hodong Baekjeong. Went there last weekend and it was excellent. The $40 mixed beef is huge, and has 3 kinds of delicious meat. We really liked the "lunchbox", too, for $7.99. The wait for a table can be crushing, however.

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                1. re: jdwdeville

                  Define crushing? When do I have to be there to get a seated at a decent time?

                  1. re: ns1

                    I arrived at 5:30PM and was seated just before 7pm, for a party of 5. I think there were already about 5-6 parties ahead of us when we arrived.

                    The crowd surrounding the entrance as we left (8-830pm?) was surreal, like the grand opening of some new club or something, but this was on a Sunday.

                      1. re: ns1

                        If you go on a weekday and get there before 6, it's not that bad.

                        1. re: chrishei

                          We were shooting for Thursday @ 7. Might want to revisit that choice now...

                          1. re: ns1

                            If there's anyone in your party that can arrive early, he/she can put you guys on the waiting list...

                            1. re: ns1

                              Maybe go somewhere else for an hour?

                      2. re: ns1

                        up to and over 2hrs at peak times = CRUSHING

                        Though they will take your phone number and call you when the table is ready- we go have a sushi roll and happy hour drinks next door, or there's the bar at Toe Bang...

                        1. re: jdwdeville

                          goddamn, maybe I won't leave the safety of Park's after all. The ability to make reservations is so clutch.

                          1. re: ns1

                            What I did was sign in then walked around nearby plazas for awhile. I gave them my cell # and they called me when the table was ready.