Myung Ga Won
The deluge of Duluth’s Korean restaurants can overwhelm. Each place seems to claim a specialty: tabletop barbecue, spicy stews, noodles served hot and cold, esoterica like pork neckbone soup. Where to wade in? The menu at Myung Ga Won covers a broad swath of Korean standards, and it executes them with such finesse that the beginner and the aficionado dine together contentedly. It helps that the two-story space is so fetching: Its clean, midcentury lines and Technicolor wall panels are a location shoo-in if the Mad Men cast and crew ever arrive to film in Georgia. The barbecued meats are cooked over a gas grill rather than on the superior charcoal version available at places like Doraville’s Cho Sun Ok, but the sesame oil silkiness of Myung’s marinade compensates gracefully. Goat is gearing up to be this decade’s hot protein, so I’m predicting the restaurant’s black goat stew—simmered in a hot pot until meat and hearty greens submerge into a spicy, ruddy broth—will soon gain superstar status.
1960 Day Drive, Duluth, 770-622-1300