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Last month, Korean bun and kimchi emporium Simply Seoul quietly closed the doors to its Ponce City Market storefront. Tim Song, owner of Korean restaurant Gaja in East Atlanta Village, has taken over. Soon, it'll be named "Simply Kimchi."
In Atlanta, most Korean barbecue restaurants seem to be moving toward electric grills, leaving charcoal-based ’cue—with its superior smoky flavor—increasingly hard to find. And the few charcoal-based restaurants that remain require certain concessions. But at 9292 Korean BBQ, there are no compromises, only a bounty of options and exceptional quality.
These days chefs are fans of fermentation, and I'm addicted to the natural fizziness of nonalcoholic fermented drinks such as doogh and Turkish ayran. But I've been cooking quinoa since the 1970s. And I don’t know what is going on in restaurant kitchens, but lately I have eaten more than enough hard quinoa, soggy quinoa, and smothered quinoa.
Kimchi—the fiery fermented Korean condiment, often made with cabbage or radishes—is hot on the taste buds and hotter in the marketplace. Korean cuisine as a whole has been drawing buzz, due in part to the craze for fusion tacos—filled with meats like bulgogi, or grilled marinated beef—that originated in Los Angeles.