Where to eat Korean food in Austin
While most frequent diners can probably rattle off some of their favorite Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants in the Greater Austin area, they may be more hard pressed to name their favorite Korean restaurants.
Austin establishments serving takes on the cuisine range from food trucks run by young people putting their modernist hybrid spin on their native cuisine to older restaurants that have been around well before bulgogi became popular terminology in Austin’s dining lexicon.
Charm Korean BBQ
1200 W. HOWARD LANE
Your server brings you a tray of raw and marinated meats, and then you flip and turn the pieces of pork belly, brisket, pork shoulder and beef ribs on your tabletop grill. In addition to the all-you-can-eat grilled meat fest, which is accompanied by banchan dishes such as quick-pickled kimchi, radish in tart vinaigrette and steamed broccoli painted with sour gochujang pepper sauce, you can also order from a menu that includes Korean specialties like a cornucopia rice bowl of bibimbap; japchae, translucent sweet potato noodles sheened with sesame oil and tangled in a mix of peppers; and kimchi jjigae, a perilla-leaf-packed stew infused with flavors of simmering pork neck and black sesame seeds.
911 W. ANDERSON LANE
Korean barbecue (including a strong selection of off-cuts), kimchi stir-fry with pork and tofu and popular snacks like fried chicken keep this place going until well past midnight.
911 W. ANDERSON LANE
Looking for a late-night fix for your stew, scallion pancake or pungent fish cravings? This North Austin spot is open past midnight most nights.
6808 N. LAMAR BLVD.
Start with the seafood scallion pancake and move onto the massive bowl of tangy and meaty braised mackerel served in a spicy sauce.
621 E. SEVENTH ST.
Long positioning itself as a relatively healthy restaurant amid the unhealthy options of eastern downtown, this pan-Asian restaurant reflects Korean influence with bibimbap and sweet potato noodles. It also has a gluten-free menu.
2512 RIO GRANDE ST.
Kimchi fried rice, Korean fried chicken and bulgogi … this trailer near the University of Texas has a tight menu that covers the basics and some of the most beloved dishes.
10901 N. LAMAR BLVD.
Hot pots, almost a dozen bracing stews, bowls of ramen and sweet potato noodle dishes are some of the stars at this Chinatown draw.
Jenna's Asian Kitchen
12300 FM 620 N.
Seoul native chef Jenna Choe and her husband and partner, Min Choe, serve a host of pan-Asian cuisine at their sleek restaurant, with flavors of Korea offered via bulgogi and Korean fried chicken.
JeonJu Korean Grill
2323 S. LAMAR BLVD. (TRAILER)
University of Texas graduate Chang Cho’s food truck delivers a fusion take on scallion pancakes, using them as the base for pizzas; and he serves familiar Korean flavors of sauteed and pickled radish, along with other veggies in sushi-style rolls that wrap marinated steak.
2700 W. ANDERSON LANE
In addition to sizzling bibimbap, Korean barbecue and a wide variety of stews, Austin’s oldest Korean restaurant also serves a taste of Japan, with dishes like sushi, tonkatsu and miso soup.
2002 GUADALUPE ST. B
Bowls and rolls featuring bulgogi style meat and an array of popular Korean vegetables serve as the foundations for the menu at this campus spot that also has strong milk tea and bubble tea offerings.
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