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Cheap Eats 2010: Honey Pig (Gooldaegee)
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 14, 2010
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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.

Why go: If a Korean barbecue spot and a Southern barbecue joint had a love child, this Koreatown place would be the result. The air is smoky, the room is noisy, the pace is fast—especially when late-nighters crowd in—and the portions are big.

What to get: Thin-sliced bul goki, flavorful strips of marinated beef; pork or beef ribs that servers cut with scissors as they cook and that diners then wrap in lettuce with rice and jalapeños; fatty black pork belly with kimchee; pork-and-octopus chul pan, a dish that recalls fried rice; seafood pancake; dumpling casserole, a soup filled with cabbage and beef dumplings that’s large enough for eight.

Best for: Before, during, and after a party. Because it’s open most days around the clock, you can get soju shots and a beef broth called “hangover soup” all in one place.

Insider tip: At off-peak times, the party vibe is toned down by a family crowd. Honey Pig fans who find themselves in Ellicott City can check out a newer, bigger version of the Annandale restaurant (10045 Baltimore National Pike; 410-696-2418).

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