Chef John Lee lords over a traditional barbecue grill at KUI Korean BBQ, his face illuminated by flames rising up from the oak-wood charcoal. Gingerly, he sizzles thin slices of tender bulgogi beef, plump galbi short ribs, and strips of spicy chicken. He then assembles the smoky meats on beds of rice alongside nests of carrots, tufts of bean sprouts, and a bright-yellow fried egg. To craft authentic Korean gimbap, he folds rice, egg, pickled radish, and fish cake into a seaweed roll. As John labors in the kitchen, his wife bustles about the casual dining room, greeting customers, handing out glasses of fruity soju cocktails, and refereeing sporadic games of musical chairs.
Kimcheese serves each order of Asian-Mexican fusion food under the guiding principle that fresh, handmade food makes for better a meal. The Korean barbecue burgers, tacos, and burritos are filled with hearty ribeye beef marinated in a house sauce. And the fixings receive the same care and consideration: The staff makes pico de gallo in-house, heats tortillas, and slices up fresh vegetables twice per day.
The hiss of sizzling fajitas mingles with the maraca-like sound of a margarita shaker and the popping of caps from imported beers. Harmony such as this comes easy at Acapulco Restaurant & Lounge, where staff has been serving up authentic Mexican dishes for more than 20 years. Each night, tables populate with traditional Mexican fare such as charbroiled steaks and steaming chili rellenos in spicy sauce, as well as chilly margaritas in glasses and pitchers.