Named after the Korean word for meat, GOGHEE Korean BBQ Tacos began as a simple drive-thru shack, where guests could grab tofu tacos or Korean chili-sauce pork burritos inspired by equal parts Asian street food and no-frills Mexican fare. Now, owners Janice and Terry continue that tradition in a new permanent brick-and-mortar diner where they offer Kor-Mex fusion food, a combination of Korean BBQ and Mexican tortillas. Like the world’s most complicated bus system, their menu brings together three disparate parts of the globe, introducing American fries to crispy-spicy kimchi or Mexican carnitas to a ginger garlic marinade, as well as Korean BBQ's ginger-soy marinated meat accompanied by zesty soy-vinaigrette-dressed lettuce. Guests sample extras, such as the crispy tortilla chips and Korean chocolate-covered cracker sticks, or build their own plate of nachos, tacos, or salad with ingredients such as soy-marinated short rib, chili-kissed chicken, brown rice, and jalapeno salsa.
BonChon Chicken's founder, Jinduk Seh, built his restaurant on the delicious foundation of Korea's most celebrated comfort food: fried chicken. The restaurant's name?Korean for "my hometown"?exudes a warm, fuzzy feeling that extends to the menu, which features chicken wings coated in crispy breading and slathered with zesty soy-garlic sauce. Douse the heat of BonChon's famous hot sauce with local craft beers served in bottles or via a high-pressure hose.
After moving to America at 3 months old, Steve Shin didn’t have much time to learn the culinary traditions of his native South Korea. But when he returned for a year in 2001, he witnessed the cuisine's slimming properties firsthand. Though he consumed lots of food, his waistline shrank, most likely due to the minimal grease and fat content in South Korean cuisine. Inspired by his journey, he tried to eat a more healthy diet when he returned to the U.S, but after several rounds of salads and sandwiches, fast food lured him back to his old habits. Frustrated, he started brainstorming ways to build healthy and balanced meals, which led to b.b.bop. At his Asian-fusion restaurant, the menu is centered on wholesome bowls of rice, veggies, and protein, steering customers away from heavy, fatty meals, such as a giant butter sculpture.
To whip up b.b.bop's signature entree, cooks line bowls with a rice of the customer's choice, from a jasmine-scented Thai type to a nutty, fiber-filled brown variety. Next, the customer selects a lean, flame-grilled protein from options including pulled pork, chicken breast, or marinated tofu. Veggies such as bell peppers and bean sprouts add color and crunch to the dish, and sauce—the finishing touch—comes in more than a half-dozen flavors, from spicy red pepper to sweet teriyaki.
At Victor Tangos, customers can get their daily serving of fruit simply by ordering a from-scratch cocktail. Bartenders use freshly squeezed fruits in drink concoctions that may feature blood orange, lime, or puréed ginger. They also serve both draft and bottled craft beers. The chef pairs these varied drinks with small, shareable plates or flatbreads topped with lamb sausage or wild mushrooms. For those with small appetites, the chef serves inventive bar bites such as spiced caramel popcorn, with just enough heartiness to soak up the alcohol. Guests can mingle at the marble-topped bar or at the tables and booths resting under unique, modern light fixtures. Exposed-brick walls host horizontal full-length mirrors and a collection of martini shakers in case James Bond ever shows up with an army of doppelgängers.
The name says it all at Posh Nail Spa, a chic and modern house of pampering located on the always-buzzing McKinney Avenue in Dallas. Sleek black-and-white décor is accented with grand chandeliers and glowing candelabras, luxurious touches that are echoed in the ultra-plush, high-tech ergonomic massage chairs that await you. Opt for the Signature Pedicure that incorporates a paraffin dip and hot stones, making for an indulgent experience that’s ideal after a long day of shopping Uptown. Or splurge on the Ultimate Manicure, which includes an aromatherapy neck wrap and essential oil massage. Skilled estheticians are on hand for a wide array of services including facials, glycolic acid peels, face and body waxing, or just swing into Posh for their gel nails and a full-body Swedish massage.
The grills that cook Koryo Kalbi Korean BBQ’s signature soy-sauce-marinated short ribs aren’t in the kitchen; they’re in the dining room. Guests cook their own black angus meats—ribeye, beef brisket, or five varieties of short ribs—on the hot slats that sit on the tables in front of them. This doesn’t mean that the kitchen staff dawdles, however; on the contrary, they stay busy cooking up a full [menu[(http://www.koryobbq.com/menu#) of Korean dishes that require a more experienced touch. From their hands arrive hot-stone bowls filled with stir-fried octopus and vegetables or iron skillets bearing pan-grilled teriyaki chicken or salmon. They also take great care in layering the vegetables, meats, and other ingredients that go into each bowl of bibimbab, but leave it to the customer to decide whether to mix the tasty components up or eat each one in order, according to atomic weight.