I am a huge fan of Korean BBQ – sliced meats of all kinds, grilled at the table, sometimes marinated with a spicy sauce and paired with various dipping sauces. In San Diego, there are several all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurants, the most popular (and my current favorite) being Manna. However, S and I still like to try out new places whenever we get a chance. We’ve heard mixed reviews of Taegukgi, an AYCE-KBBQ place that opened up last year (after the new Zion Market opened), and in February, they had a special: their original AYCE dinner menu would be $18.99 instead of $21.99. So, S and I went on the last day that this special was offered. To be honest, the special is only a dollar cheaper than Manna’s “A2″ AYCE menu, but we’re cheapos…
The place is pretty decked out… including an outdoors deck area! Haha.. oh boy, I’m feeling punny tonight. Anyway, it’s odd that there’s an outdoors seating area – we didn’t see any grills on the tables. Oh well. The atmosphere of Taegukgi is more “sports-bar-like” than Manna or any other KBBQ place. S and I imagined that it’d be fun to watch a football game here when NFL season is back.
The place was pretty empty by the time we left… which is when I took these photos of the interior. As you can see, there’s a vent above each table, which can be pulled down close to the grill. It’s supposed to help mitigate the smell that will be all over your clothes and hair after eating KBBQ… haha. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I guess I felt less sticky and greasy afterwards than usual?
When we were seated, the waitstaff quickly brought us a bowl of salad, an assortment of side dishes, and a plate of beef brisket.
I never know how to take “good” photos of Korean BBQ meals… so here are some photos of our meats and grilling experience: