100 Best Restaurants 2016

4 Can't-Miss Korean Classics

Whether in Koreatown or the Museum District, these four spots offer everything from mandu to soju.

By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt September 19, 2016 Published in the October 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Soju Flight at the Republic Diner + Sojubang

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Republic Diner + Sojubang

Owner Ken Bridge’s devoted Old World mother makes the rounds at this happening Heights pub (pro tip: order a flight of the infused soju), jollying customers and assuring the authenticity of the mandu and bibimbap.

Korea House

For $32.95 per person, diners are welcome to grill up as much marinated meat—24 types in total!—as they want, plus soup, kimchi pancakes, spicy rice cakes and dumplings. 

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Bao at Dak & Bop

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Dak & Bop

Double-fried Korean chicken is the main draw, but the mac ‘n’ cheese (add bulgogi) and bao are disarmingly delicious, while the cocktails are simply disarming.

Korean Noodle House

Though the restaurant itself has moved from its original house to a strip mall, the hand-cut noodles here are fresh and homemade as ever. Try the bulgogi stirred noodle—exactly what it sounds like.

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