I was so excited when I received an email that Explore Gwinnett was hosting another Seoul Of The South Korean Food Tour AND it was going to be on my birthday weekend! The first one that took place back in April was so much fun! I had my first introduction to some authentic Korean dishes and desserts and we received a lovely gift bag that included some Korean beauty products and Korean beer.
Have you visited Jehan’s website Jehan Can Cook? She has some of the most amazing recipes!
If you live in Atlanta, you may or may not know that Duluth is a popular area for Korean businesses. You will find tons of restaurants, grocery stores, doctors and banks. This year the tour took place on Saturday which was awesome! You guys know that I work full-time so it can often be difficult to attend cool events like this. We all met at the offices of the Gwinnett County Chamber where we boarded a super cute trolley that was going to take us to all of our stops.
Korean Steamed Egg Casserole and Steamed Dumplings
The Stone Grill 2550 Pleasant Hill Rd. #11 Duluth, GA 30097
Our first stop and a repeat from the last tour, was The Stone Grill. Jehan and I were so excited this restaurant was on the tour because we loved it the last time! We tried several dishes that included Korean steamed egg casserole, dumplings, Galbi which is marinated beef or pork and our absolute favorite, the spicy baby back ribs with cheese.
The egg casserole is very light and is a great way to start a meal and the steamed dumplings were flavorful and were a nice size. Our table had 2 grills where one was used to cook the marinated pork, beef and some vegetables.
You receive a variety of accompaniments to go with the grilled meats and veggies. Sides included marinated peanuts, kimchi, thinly sliced radishes, bean sprouts, macaroni salad and a variety of dipping sauces.
Spicy Baby Back Ribs w/ Cheese
On the other side of the table is where the the spicy ribs and cheese was placed. The presentation is gorgeous when the ribs and cheese are brought to the table. Watching the cheese melt with bits of fresh corn, red and green bell peppers was awesome and we could not wait to dig in. The ribs are on the spicy side so be prepared for that. But when you take those ribs and dip them into the melted cheese it is absolute perfection.
With your meal you receive a variety of sauces and sides that inlcude kimchi and thinly sliced radishes, romaine lettuce and green onion.
Honey Pig 3473 Old Norcross Rd. #304 Duluth, GA 30096
When Jehan and I initially discussed exploring Korean restaurants, Honey Pig was on our list. I’ve had people recommend the restaurant as well, so I was excited this was going to be one of the stops on the tour. Honey Pig is different from The Stone Grill in that instead of the typical grill, you actually cook your food on a Korean cast-iron lid that sits in the middle of the table.
We had a variety of marinated meats that included beef, pork and chicken, as well as some vegetables that were all meticulously added to the grill one by one. What ends up happening is that once all of your meats and veggies are cooked, the servers prepare fried rice on the lid with all of the leftover meats and veggies. What is awesome about this technique is that you have the juices from all of the meats and vegetables that you’ve cooked flavoring the fried rice. This was a really fun experience and I highly recommend checking out the restaurant. It is great for a family outing or a casual meal with friends.
Suwanee Chicken and Pizza1291 Old Peachtree Rd, NW #204 Suwanee, GA 30024
One of the more interesting restaurants on the tour was Suwanee Chicken and Pizza. When you hear that you think “chicken AND pizza”? Lol. Well I actually love the combination! We tried a ton of Korean fried chicken (which I am now obsessed with) as well as a bulgogi pizza and sweet potato pizza. The restaurant is super casual with bright colored booths and mirrors on the wall and is open late. I know I would certainly want this over Waffle House when my stomach starts to grumble after midnight. No shade to Waffle House lol.
Arte 3 Korean Bakery 1291 Old Peachtree Rd. NW #300 Suwanee, GA 30024
We didn’t have to walk but a mere few steps to our final stop which was Arte 3 Korean Bakery. This super cute coffee shop and bakery was a great way to finish off the exciting food filled day. We enjoyed several Korean beverages like Yuja-cha which is Korean Citron Tea. Misutgaru which is a Korean multi grain shake and Korean iced coffee. My favorites were definitely the tea which had a fruity flavor and the iced coffee. What is surprising is that they use instant coffee! I never thought instant coffee could taste so good! I have to be honest the multi-grain shake tastes like…grains lol. But it wasn’t bad. I think you just have to get used to the texture.
Patbingsu which is Korean shaved ice topped with sweet beans and fresh fruit
Some of the desserts included the popular Patbingsu which is Korean shaved ice topped with sweet beans and fresh fruit. I love the idea of the shaved ice because it has somewhat of a milky texture and its light and pairs well with fruit. I am not a fan of the beans though. My favorite dessert was the fresh made waffle topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and fresh fruit. I had two of those 🙂
Final verdict: What I love about Korean food is that it presents a sense of family. The Stone Grill and Honey Pig, allows you to sit around the table with family and friends while cooking together. It’s fun, its casual and it tastes really good. Koreans do not skip a beat on the flavor so you can expect everything to be well seasoned. If you are interested in trying Korean food but aren’t sure where to begin, these restaurants are a great way to start exploring.
Want to see what I had on my last Korean Food Tour? Click here.
Thank you so much to the Explore Gwinnett team for putting together such an awesome tour! See you next time!!
Until next time…Happy Eating!! Xoxo -Milla