Nashville's options for quality Korean food may not be abundant, but at least, for the most part, the ones we do have are doing it right. So here is a guide to five can't miss Korean restaurants around town.
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Location: 6410 Charlotte Pike, Ste 108
Long regarded as a gold standard for Korean fare in town, this cozy little West Nashville spot is short on frills and long on flavor, offering up a menu of spot-on traditional dishes such as bulgogi, ox tail soup and bibimbap. And don't miss the killer seafood pancake.
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HAI WOON DAI
Location: 2051 Antioch Pike, Antioch, TN
This Antioch gem has been serving some of the best Korean in town for over 10 years. They do all of the standards right, as well as some lesser known dishes, including budae jjigae ('G.I. stew'), which features hot dogs, Spam, tofu, kimchi and noodles in a spicy sauce. The banchan, complimentary side dishes, are also top notch.
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SO GONG DONG TOFU HOUSE
Location: 1310 Antioch Pike
Located just up the road from Hai Woon Dai, So Gong Dong Tofu House is another great option south of town. It's also probably the nicest Korean restaurant interior-wise. Specializing in sundubu jjigae, or tofu soup, they do justice to all of the standards as well.
SOY TERIYAKI BISTRO
Location: 5008 Maryland Way, Brentwood, TN
Open since 2010, this Korean eatery from husband and wife team Chris and Hanna Lee is one of the very few Brentwood restaurants worth the drive south of town. They offer a smaller menu with traditional dishes like bibimbap and spicy pork bulgogi, but break out of the mold with a selection of Korean-inspired tacos. And if you catch them at the right time, you can even purchase some of their house-made kimchi by the jar.
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Location: 4928 Edmondson Pike, Ste 101
Nestled in a strip retail center near the Nashville Zoo, Seoul Garden has a solid grip on all the standard dishes, but what makes it stand out from other similar spots in town are the grill tables, where diners can cook an assortment of meats including marinated beef rib, sirloin and ribeye.