Living in the suburbs, I thought my only hopes of finding authentic Korean cuisine required a 45 minute drive into the city. Thankfully, I was wrong.
Courtesy of Explore Gwinnett’s efforts to show off the highlights of our own local cities, I was introduced to some of the county’s best Korean food allowing me to truly experience the ‘Seoul of the South.’
- Stone Grill
Address: 2550 Pleasant Hill Rd #111, Duluth, GA 30097
Stone Grill delivers a gourmet ambiance to the communal Korean BBQ experience. Even table receives a personalized grill where they can have their food prepared and served all in the same place. The open space of the restaurants gives Stone Grill a chic appearance that pairs perfectly with their unique menu of old and new Korean classics. I highly recommend tasting their spicy baby back ribs with cheese and their pork dumplings.
- Honey Pig
Address: 3473 Old Norcross Rd. Suite #304 Duluth, GA 30096
Honey Pig caters to a younger clientele while still offering a communal and family-friendly environment. Like Stone Grill, Honey Pig provides each table with their own grill where they can immerse themselves in the preparation experience from sight to smell. Its funky interior makes it the perfect eatery for hanging out with your friends while you indulge in the cuisine of one of Gwinnett’s most popular spots for Korean BBQ. My favorite dish is the pork BBQ, cooked to perfection by our table’s very own cast-iron lid.
- Suwanee Pizza Café
Address: Assi Plaza, 1291 Old Peachtree Rd NW # 204, Suwanee, GA 30024
Popular to students as an after-school food stop, Suwannee Pizza Café offers a unique menu that combines Korean flare with classic southern fried foods. The restaurant is simple and delicious, leaving the cultural mixtures to speak for themselves. Next time you’re in the area, stop by and see for yourself why bulgogi and Korean style pizzas with fried chicken are the best combinations you never knew you needed.
- Arte 3 Café
Address: 1291 Old Peachtree Rd NW #300, Suwanee, GA 30024
Conveniently, located right next door to Suwannee Pizza Café, Arte 3 Café provides you with the ultimate dessert menu that continues your Korean cuisine experience. My sweet tooth may make me a bit biased, but Arte 3 Café is my new bakery obsession and preferred coffee shop because of the variety of sweets their menu offers. The interior is adorable and perfect for small groups to catch up over some misutgaru (Korean multi grain shake), patbingsu (Korean shaved ice dessert with fruit), or a plate of bungeoppang (fish-shaped break with red bean fillings).