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.
Where you can get it: 4220-A Annandale Rd., Annandale; 703-942-6995
Also good: Seafood pancake; mandu (dumplings); soy-garlic rib eye.