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Seoul Food Truck Goes Brick-and-Mortar
One of our favorite Korean meals on wheels plans to set up shop in Silver Spring. By Anna Spiegel
Bibim bap with organic grilled meat, egg, shredded vegetables, and spicy sesame sauce is one of Seoul Food’s signatures. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.
Comments () | Published January 22, 2013

We’ve been fans of Seoul Food since husband-and-wife owners Hyun Shil (who also goes by Anna) and Jon Goree opened the colorful, Arlington-based truck more than a year ago. This morning we discovered via their Facebook page that they’re opening a restaurant space in Silver Spring. Shil confirms that their first restaurant will be at 11310 Georgia Avenue, attached to the Exxon station formerly serving eats from Global Cafe African Grill.

While the menu is still being worked out, Shil says they plan to open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner, with an estimated closing time of 8 PM. You may find an array of baked items in the morning alongside kimdap, Korean sushi rolls stuffed with ingredients like egg or kimchi. Mobile favorites such as hearty portions of bibim bap, kalbi (marinated short rib) burritos, and kimchi quesadillas will likely be on offer, alongside more seasonal specials; those in the past include japchae (yam noodles with beef bulgogi or vegetables), butternut squash curry, and coconut-custard cake. As always, the couple is committed to using organic meats, tofu, and vegetables, with plenty of vegetarian options.

Limited bar-style seating (sans alcohol) means you’ll dine in a little more comfort than at the truck, but carryout will be the main focus. Shil says the owners are remodeling the space and outfitting it with a separate entrance; it will also be accessible through the gas station. Check back in with us for more details closer to the opening, estimated for between March and April.


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  • Alison M.

    Members of the Potomac Speedskating Club short track speed skating team enjoyed a most healthy and DELICIOUS pre-training meal at Seoul Food DC in Wheaton last night. Anna is a gracious hostess and fabulous cook. There is no better skater fuel than bibimbap and Korean kimchi quesadillas but the sweet potato smoothies are awesome too! Check out our photos here:

  • lilkunta

    what happened to Global African Cafe? I LOVE the Jollof Rice.

  • Wheaton Urban District

    Downtown Wheaton welcomes Seoul Korea! It's a great addition to the many fabulous restaurants in our neighborhood!

  • Wheaton Urban District

    Correction: Seoul Food. :-)

  • Ana

    Excited for a new restaurant to come to the heart of Wheaton!

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