Bit late on this one, but that’s okay, because Korea’s American BBQ Week 2016 actually spans two weeks, which means there’s still some time left.
Until September 11, 15 American-style barbecue restaurants in Korea (that’s right — it’s not just Seoul this time, although barely) will be offering a special American barbecue plate. The offer comes with a discount on the house brew and a mousepad featuring a drawing by webtoon artists Jo Gyeong-gyu, who specializes in food drawings.
Participating restaurants include:
- Linus Barbecue, in Itaewon
- Rusty’s Smokehouse, in Itaewon
- Rusty’s Rib House, in Hapjeong
- Locos BBQ, in Itaewon, Busan Centum City and Pangyo
- Manimal Smokehouse, in Itaewon (I’m not sure if the Power Plant location is participating or not)
- BBQooks, in Gangnam
- Burger B, in Hongdae, Myeongdong, Time Square, Coex, Gwanghwamun and Seosomun
- Sweet Oak, in Wonju
- Stereo Kitchen, in Seongnam
- Aboutjins, in Gwanghwamun
- Austin, in Hongdae and Gangnam
- All That Meat, in Gangnam
- Kinders, in Itaewon
There are a couple of other places listed (Smokehouse and Picnic, in case you’re curious), but I cannot find a single thing about them, including location, in either English or Korean (possibly because of the very generic names), so we’ll leave it at this for now.
I actually didn’t realize there were so many American barbecue places in Seoul, so maybe this week would be a good time to try out a new one. I know we all love our Linus and Manimal, and American barbecue is a particularly territorial art (I’m from Texas — I know), but you never know. Maybe one of the lesser known places on this list could hit that smoky, meaty craving right in the nose without an hour-long wait at the door.
As per usual, this restaurant week promotion is poorly advertised and lacking in any official detailed information, so I can’t tell you what the American barbecue plate is or how much it costs.