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Best KBBQ joint in K-Town not named Parks?

ns1 Apr 1, 2013 10:15 AM

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?

  1. Veggietales Apr 10, 2013 08:33 PM

    I have to agree that Kang Hodong is tops for me in regards to quality and on point service. I want to say that my bf and I got the pork combo and rib eye ($21.99, i think), the rice in the tin thingy, and one large beer and our check was about $70-$75. I do have to say that what we ordered could have easily fed 4 ppl.

    We went at 3PM on a weekday and had the whole place to ourselves for the first 30mins.

    I really can't wait to go back.

    Prior to Kang hodong, I was a regular at Soowon Galbi. Park's I would only go to if it were super late at night. I never left Park's feeling full. Meh.

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      jdwdeville Apr 8, 2013 12:53 PM

      +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
        ns1 Apr 8, 2013 01:01 PM

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

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          blimpbinge Apr 8, 2013 01:16 PM

          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.

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            ns1 Apr 8, 2013 01:19 PM


            1. re: ns1
              chrishei Apr 8, 2013 01:21 PM

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

              1. re: chrishei
                ns1 Apr 8, 2013 01:28 PM

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

                1. re: ns1
                  chrishei Apr 8, 2013 01:34 PM

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

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                    chrishei Apr 8, 2013 01:35 PM

                    Maybe go somewhere else for an hour?

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              jdwdeville Apr 8, 2013 02:05 PM

              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
                ns1 Apr 8, 2013 02:17 PM

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

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                  blimpbinge Apr 8, 2013 02:44 PM

                  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.

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            vulber Apr 1, 2013 05:15 PM

            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. PeterCC Apr 1, 2013 11:10 AM

              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. TonyC Apr 1, 2013 10:46 AM

                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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                  PeterCC Apr 1, 2013 11:08 AM

                  Hang Ho Dong Baekjeong is on my to-try list. Fellow CH chrishei went recently and really liked it: http://oheithere.wordpress.com/2013/0...

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

                  1. re: PeterCC
                    blimpbinge Apr 1, 2013 11:26 AM

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

                  2. re: TonyC
                    ns1 Apr 8, 2013 12:45 PM

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

                    1. re: ns1
                      TonyC Apr 8, 2013 01:53 PM

                      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. blimpbinge Apr 1, 2013 10:20 AM

                    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
                      PeterCC Apr 1, 2013 11:06 AM

                      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
                        ns1 Apr 1, 2013 11:12 AM

                        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
                          kevin Apr 8, 2013 01:15 PM

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

                          Any good ?

                          What's the name again ?

                          1. re: kevin
                            ns1 Apr 8, 2013 01:19 PM

                            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)"

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