7106 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Korean
Monday through Thursday 11 to 11, Friday and Saturday 11 to 2, and Sunday 11 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Veggie mandu; kimchee quesadillas; kimchee chili; braised short rib; fried chicken; Korean tacos.
Small plates $5 to $12, entrées $12 to $24.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
At their Koreatown bar and restaurant, where Mona Lisa clocks line one wall and dance music blares, owners Jae and Kristine Lee have fun with fusion. Take the Bulldog: an enormous hot dog blanketed in bulgogi, the garlic-soy-marinated beef. The spicy-meat topping works wonderfully with the mild sausage, adding up to a surprising, delicious dish. Soft Korean-style tacos, dripping with fatty meat and chili salsa garnished with sesame seeds, are another cross-cultural mash-up that works well. Don’t miss the more traditional mandu, deep-fried dumplings stuffed with vegetables or beef and pork.
Also good: Fried chicken wings; braised beef short rib; beef sliders.