100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Kogiya


Kogiya serves delicious Korean barbecue in Annandale. Why not DC? Photograph by Scott Suchman

Bring a big group to this Korean-barbecue standout in Annandale’s Koreatown, because it’s best enjoyed with a packed table and bottles of soju. Panchan (complimentary side dishes) are more varied and fresher than most of the competition, ranging from classic kimchee to lemon-wasabi daikon. All-you-can-eat options for less than $30 a person are a tempting way to sample a wide selection of meats on the tabletop grills, including fatty brisket and miso pork belly. But it’s also worth venturing à la carte just for the tender galbi, sweet soy-marinated short ribs. Inexpensive to moderate.

Also great: Seafood pancake; meat dumplings; bulgogi; spicy chicken; three-layer pork belly.

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.

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.

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Food Editor

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