100 Very Best Restaurants: #87 – Kogiya


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

Of all the region’s Korean barbecue restaurants, this lively K-town spot remains our favorite. It’s also one of the best places anywhere to gather a big group of friends affordably. The $23 all-you-can-eat deal is a great intro to the menu of tabletop-grilled meats, but it’s worth upgrading to a prime combo for the beef rib eye and short ribs marinated in sweet soy and garlic. Attentive staff are happy to refill the generous spread of panchan, including lemon-wasabi daikon and pickled chayote squash, as well as an addictive orange-chili dipping sauce. Inexpensive.

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 Petworth.

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.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.