Dirt Cheap Eats 2008: Honey Pig
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Honey Pig (Gooldaegee)
Address: 7220-C Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 703-256-5229
Neighborhood: Annandale
Cuisines: Korean
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Galbi, marinated beef ribs; black pork belly with kimchee; beef bul goki; pork and octopus chul pan; seafood pancake; bibim bap; dumpling casserole.

Honey Pig (7220-C Columbia Pike, Annandale; 703-256-5229). At this high-energy, 24-hour Korean barbecue parlor, Korean pop tunes and the sizzle of meat are the backdrop to the conversational hum. Waitresses in black T-shirts get the tabletop grills going—ask them to throw on some kimchee, a specialty here. Then wrap thin slices of lean beef bul goki ($12.99) or beautifully charred pork belly ($12.99) in lettuce leaves with a bit of rice and a spill of sauce; we like the sesame version that comes with the pork.

Though the selection of small dishes known as panchan (included with the barbecue) isn’t as varied as at other spots, portions are generous and the spicy pickled okra and cold mashed-potato salad are especially good. Korean beer and soju—a distilled, vodkalike beverage—are the drinks of choice. A classic seafood pancake studded with scallions ($6.99) and an unconventional bibim bap ($6.99), in which lettuce fills in for seaweed, are nicely done, too. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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