Corea Kalbi aims to serve healthy Korean BBQ by using top quality meats that are free from MSG and offering fresh and light options such as seared Chilean sea bass and octopus cucumber salad. Their menu also includes savory dishes such as boneless bulgogi and marinated short ribs that patrons can feast upon or bring home to please their carnivorous pet dragons.
The Flame Broiler founder Young Lee found himself eating out of paper bags quite often. His career required a great deal of travel during the day, which made eating from fast food restaurants a habit. Unfortunately, his options for healthier, quick-service fare left him craving something different. In 1995, he took matters into his own hands and opened the first Flame Broiler location, serving Korean-style slices of beef and chicken that were free of dairy, trans-fat, HFCS, and added MSG. He didn't just take away harmful ingredients, though?he also added his signature Flame Broiler marinade and sauce, beds of white and brown rice, and slices of crisp vegetables. This more nutritious take on fast food caught on, as diners can now eat at 135 Flame Broiler locations in four different states and two parallel universes.
Aria Kabob Cafe captures authentic Afghan flavors with a menu of skewered halal meats soaked in fresh spice marinade. Woven patterns from Afghan rugs stretch across the walls as diners dive into a tapestry of flavors in an appetizer such as the medley of turnovers stuffed with potatoes, chives, and special seasoning in the bolani mix, or the Afghan nachos crowned with chili, cheese, beans, and jalapeños. The kebab entree pierces cubes of meat such as broiled lamb and char-grilled ground beef, and arrives at tables with an entourage of rice, salad, and bread. Lunch specials include the plate of lamb shank served with white or brown rice, spinach, and bread, providing ample midday fuel for an evening of howling at the moon. Sips of an espresso, latte, or cappuccino from the café reenergize nosh-weary mouths, and smoothies deliver fresh glasses of strawberry banana, banana, apple, or orange flavors.
The dedicated staff at Little Korea remedies peckish guests with a menu filled with fiery spices and bold flavors in a sleek, modern environment. Bibimbob, a signature Korean dish, combines sautéed seasonal vegetables and fried egg over a bed of white steamed rice ($9.20), with options to have it served in a stone pot ($1.84 extra), add beef ($3.68 extra), add chicken ($2.76 extra), or serenade couples with an acoustic version of "Hungry Heart." Reignite internal combustion engines with dak galbi, a spicy grilled chicken, pan-fried with spicy gochujang sauce ($13.79), or kimchi and seafood ramen, a warm mix of seasoned vegetables, noodles, calamari, and shrimp served in a soybean broth ($11.96). Diners looking to eat light meals hone in on appetizers such as the calamari- and shrimp-stuffed seafood pancake ($8.28) or the den jang chi gae, a thick vegetarian stew made with tofu, vegetables, and optional clams known to inspire slow claps from opposable taste buds ($9.66).
At Chorus Karaoke San Diego, seven private karaoke rooms await to be overrun by groups of friends looking to showcase their singing chops. These rooms vary in size?the smallest holds up to six, while the largest up to thirty. Once the room is chosen, guests perch on cozy banquettes as they clutch microphones and try to keep up with the lyrics onscreen or the one's they make up on the spot. To sustain their performances, patrons can order potent soju cocktails and dishes from an extensive menu of Korean food.