77. Korean BBQ
There are bigger Korean restaurants, fancier Korean restaurants, Korean restaurants with more exhaustive menus. But the homey charm of this Bay Area mom-and-pop makes it special. So does the changing constellation of relishes and pickles (called banchan or na mul) that chef-owner Mia Velez makes to complement her grills of short rib (galbi) or red-chile-basted Genghis Khan Beef. She’s famous for her brined daikon radish, but I have a thing for her mini salted fish fillets and her chile-spangled potato slices. She also makes the best bibimbap I’ve ever tasted, laced with burdock root and fronds of fern, its bottom layer of rice wonderfully crusty from its hot stone bowl. To have Mia customize this dish for you herself, breaking in the egg yolk and lashing in the chile paste, is to feel both cossetted and entertained. Prices are modest, and it’s BYOB if you bring your receipt for the beverage purchase.
Entree price range: $$
Where: 435 El Dorado Blvd. in Webster