Cheap Eats 2011: Gamasot

There might not be a better value than this strip-mall restaurant’s $4.99 refillable bowls of soothing sul leung tang, a soup made by simmering beef bones for 48 hours and studding the broth with beef slices and angel-hair-like rice noodles. DIY seasoning from the bowl of chopped green onions and salt and pepper on the table is important; ask your server for a primer.

Other dishes, such as the spicy yook gae jang and the crispy beef dumplings known as mandu, are also worth a taste. A new bargain is the all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue–cooked on a tabletop grill–for $14.99 a person.

The panchan, complimentary Korean small plates, are especially good–and unlimited. Look for thick-cut radish seasoned like spicy kimchee–it’s a great chaser after a spoonful of sul leung tang.

Also good: Soon dae, pork sausage; sanh gae tang, a clear soup with a Cornish hen, rice, and dates.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.