The name may conjure quintessentially American backyard grills, but this neon-bright joint is the first area franchise of a Korean chain specializing in olive oil–fried chicken.
Gobawoo, an obscure spot near an Enterprise outpost and a La Quinta Inn, takes a novel approach to its signature offering: It uses thick glass trays set on portable burners to achieve impressive caramelization on sliced short ribs, pork sirloin, and pork belly.
One of the stalwarts of the Korean barbecue scene, lauded for many years because it uses live charcoal for tabletop grilling, Hae Woon Dae remains a great destination for late-night dining and grilled marinated meats.
This tiny barbecue joint has a unique cross-cultural vision. Heirloom pork, juicy-tender beef brisket, and fresh sausages meet kimchi, hot sauce, pickled radishes, and tempura-style Korean sweet potatoes.
With its modern decor and breezy service, this outpost of a small California chain is perfect for a fun date. Here, pork belly rather than beef and domed grills rather than embers redefine the notion of Korean barbecue.
This two-story Korean-owned supermarket hosts a makeup counter, a sit-down, conveyor-belt sushi restaurant, a magnificent dumpling counter, and a fresh bakery.
Among the overload of Korean restaurants, each with its own specialty (tabletop barbecue, spicy stews, grilled fish, noodles served hot and cold), the menu at Myung Ga Won stands out as a one-stop shop for excellence.
Neighborhood: North Metro
This Korean-owned restaurant riffs on the Japanese tradition of cooking raw meats and veggies in simmering broth. Choose a main ingredient and dunk it with napa cabbage, glass noodles, enoki mushrooms, and more.
Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor have followed their success with tiny Heirloom Market BBQ (which we named the best barbecue in Atlanta last year) by opening a restaurant that bills itself as a “Korean Southern diner.”
This pristine little spot serves some of the freshest-tasting Korean food in the metro area. Skip over esoteric-sounding ingredients for more accessible dishes like chilled noodles with fresh vegetables and pork-on-the-bone soup.