Though this Seoul BBQ joint opened just last year, it's story goes back way further than that. Back in South Korea, Samwon Garden has been grilling old-school style since 1976. This branch in K-town is its first foray into the American market.
Hopefully it'll stick around Stateside just as long, because there are loads of great bites to try. Split into Starters, barbecue, mains and faves, the menu is extensive, but not overwhelming. Dip your toe with a serving of mandoo (pork dumplings) first, then dive into the BBQ. Options range far and wide, from the familiar prime short ribs (kkotsal) and pork belly (samgyupsal) to sliced tongue (woosul) and jowls (hangjeongsal).
Big rice and soup bowls fill the mains selections, while the Korean favorites include dishes such as grilled mackerel with kimchi stew and stir-fried spicy squid. The bar, meanwhile, boasts a surprisingly excellent selection of vodka, gin, tequila, rum, whiskey and mezcal.