City Guide Restaurant Review: Eat Me Pizzeria (Daejeon)

Eat Me Pizzeria is a favorite with local waygooks, offering a large menu of pasta, risotto and pizza at a reasonable price. The restaurant’s interior is warm and inviting, and the seats near the window offer a view of the downtown streets. The restaurant was relatively empty when we went on a weekend night, and they were able to accommodate a large party of ten by pushing together a few tables. The service was attentive.
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City Guide Restaurant Review: Nam-Chuncheon Dakgalbi (Chuncheon)

Dakgalbi is one of my favorite Korean dishes and a recurrent craving. Spicy cuts of boneless chicken, rice cake, cabbage, sweet potato and onion are stir-fried on a giant stone hotplate. Like other Korean BBQ dishes, the meat is then wrapped in ssam (쌈), such as lettuce leaves or sesame seed leaves. Though dakgalbi restaurants can be found all over the country, the mecca of the spicy chicken dish is Chuncheon, the capital of Gangwon Province. … Continue ReadingCity Guide Restaurant Review: Nam-Chuncheon Dakgalbi (Chuncheon)

City Guide Restaurant Reviews: Vatos Urban Tacos (Seoul)

Vatos Urban Tacos is a rising star on the Korean fusion scene. Founded by a trio of Korean-Americans (one of whom is a former Fulbrighter!) after a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Vatos menu offers a creative, mouth-watering medley between Korean and Mexican cuisines. On a usual weekend night, crowds of foreigners and Koreans alike wait on the wooden patio outside the restaurant, clutching pagers and staring wistfully at patrons already munching on the complimentary chips and salsa. … Continue ReadingCity Guide Restaurant Reviews: Vatos Urban Tacos (Seoul)

City Guide Restaurant Review: The Lazy Diner (Daegu)

If you are craving good American food but don’t want to spend a ton of money, The Lazy Diner in downtown Daegu is a great option. The menu is not huge, but it has a decent variety considering its size. It does include a few dishes that are difficult to find in Korea, namely macaroni and cheese (a side dish, not an entree). They have an all-day brunch menu and a small selection of salads (with American dressings) and pasta dishes for those wanting something other than a burger or sandwich. … Continue ReadingCity Guide Restaurant Review: The Lazy Diner (Daegu)

City Guide Restaurant Reviews: Tomatillo Grill (Seoul)

Tomatillo Grill offers the closest alternative to Chipotle you’ll find in Korea. Cheaper than the more extravagant Vatos Urban Tacos, Tomatillo is serviceable Mexican food that will satisfy your craving at a reasonable price. … Continue ReadingCity Guide Restaurant Reviews: Tomatillo Grill (Seoul)

City Guide Restaurant Review: Myeongdong Gyoja (Seoul)

Kalguksu (칼국수) is one of my favorite Korean dishes, and Myeongdong Gyoja is the best place to sample it. Located in the Myeongdong shopping district, this noodle restaurant has been in operation for nearly four decades… … Continue ReadingCity Guide Restaurant Review: Myeongdong Gyoja (Seoul)