Cheap Eats 2015: Kogiya

Our favorite all-you-can-eat dinner.
Cheap Eats 2015: Kogiya
Korean barbecue at Kogiya. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

A jammed parking lot is the first hint that this industrial-style eatery is one of the most popular Korean-barbecue joints in Annandale, an area overrun with similar ventures. So what’s the fuss about? Kogiya stands out for the high-quality meats and generous panchan—a brigade of kimchee and quick pickles accompanying each meal. Servers pass by tabletop grills, hewing pork belly and bulgogiwith oversize scissors and refilling frosted mugs with Hite beer. You’ll have to order judiciously to stay within the Cheap Eats budget, though à la carte platters of marinated pork, beef, and chicken generously serve two and arrive with gratis spicy tofu soup, steamed egg custard, and lettuce and rice for making wraps. Big appetites will be satisfied with a $12 lunch combo that includes a grilled meat and noodle—try buckwheat strands in a chilled brisket broth—or for a mini-splurge, the $23 all-you-can-eat dinner that sets endless waves of fatty brisket and miso pork aflame.

Cuisine: Korean

Where you can get it: 4220-A Annandale Rd., Annandale; 703-942-6995

Also good: Seafood pancake; mandu (dumplings); soy-garlic rib eye.

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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.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.