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South Florida's Finest Korean Barbecue Restaurants

Because who has time to go to Korea?

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Korean barbecue has made its presence known in South Florida over the past few years. Its star dish of bulgogi — which literally translates to fire meat — is traditionally defined as marinated beef cooked on perforated metal plates over coals sometimes on or near the table.

Here are 12 places in South Florida where you can try it for yourself. We'll even throw some Korean fried chicken in there, because that stuff is fire too.

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Drunken Dragon

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Drunken Dragon may be best known for its cocktails, as the name suggests, but the Bulgogi is far from neglected. You can grill shrimp, octopus, squid, beef tongue and short rib right on your table and you don't even have to wait for it to be delivered to you.

Pictured: GIY (Grill it Yourself) Rib Eye on the grill

Finka Table & Tap

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Although Finka's roots are Cuban, it features some serious Asian dishes like Korean style Brussel sprouts, Korean barbecue ribs, Japchae (Korean sweet potato noodles) with vaca frita and bok choy and the wildly popular KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), smothered in spicy Gochujang and served with boniato bread.

Pictured: KFC bowl

Gabose Korean B.B.Q Restaurant

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Ever gone on a road trip for Korean barbecue? Now's your chance. Gabose is quite the trek if you're in Miami, but there's no place else like it. There's a variety of table-top and charcoal Bulgogi including thin sliced beef, spicy pork, barbecue chicken and special sauce short rib.
Featured on this month's Hottest Restaurants list, Kyu's repertoire is due to more than just its acclaimed butter braised Korean fried chicken. Or is it?

Pictured: Butter braised Korean fried chicken

Lan Pan Asian Cafe

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Lan Pan Asian draws influence from all over east and southeast Asia. Its Korean barbecue ribs are glazed in a garlic soy sauce and they compete for the spotlight against the spicy Korean barbecue rice, skirt steak and wakame seaweed served over rice.

Pictured: Korean barbecue ribs

Myung Ga tofu & barbecue

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It's no surprise that you'll have an easier time finding arepas in South Florida than Korean barbecue, but the hidden gems still exist. Myungga's highlights include beef bulgogi served with clear noodles in a hot stone pot, barbecue short ribs, spicy squid in red chili sauce and the seafood pancake (not barbecue but still a favorite).

Pictured: Ttukbaekki bulgogi

Sakaya Kitchen

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Sakaya is an Asian fusion eatery whose menu is brimming with Korean options, including Korean style spicy tater tots, fried chicken wings and jumbo shrimp. The wings and jumbo shrimp are also featured in their big bowls, where they're served with Thai jasmine rice and Thai coconut rice, respectively.

Pictured: Spicy tots with Bulgogi

Sushi Cafe & Shilla Korean Restaurant

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At Sushi Cafe there are more Korean barbecue options than you can be bothered to try pronouncing. You can order it kitchen made or you can grill it yourself, which is the whole fun of Bulgogi anyway. Options include, but are not limited to, tender prime short rib, boneless ribeye, sliced pork loin, chicken and sliced brisket.

Pictured: Daiji Bulgoki
Talde's Korean fried chicken doesn't play games. While most restaurants would list them as a side dish or appetizer, at Talde they're a full-sized entree, served with spicy kimchi yogurt and grapes.

Pictured: Korean fried chicken

Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen

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Tap 42 recently made its way to Miami after building quite the acclaim in Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton. The gastropub known for its endless craft beers and Prohibition burgers features an array of Korean goods, including Korean chicken lettuce wraps with chili soy vinaigrette and, of course, Korean fried chicken.

Pictured: Korean chicken lettuce wraps

The Continental Miami

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The Continental's Korean fried chicken is smothered in a spicy soy-garlic lacquer. But if you're not in the mood for eating an entire half fried chicken (what's the matter with you?), you can opt for the Korean barbecue skirt steak lettuce wraps, a lighter option.

Pictured: Korean fried chicken

Izziban Korean BBQ

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Is this cheating? Sunrise, FL isn't necessarily around the corner, but there are some very tempting Korean barbecue joints up north that make the long drive a non-issue. Izziban features an all-you-can-grill-at-your-table option for a fixed price, along with menu staples such as rib eye Bulgogi and Korean barbecue ribs.

Pictured: Table grilling

Drunken Dragon

Drunken Dragon may be best known for its cocktails, as the name suggests, but the Bulgogi is far from neglected. You can grill shrimp, octopus, squid, beef tongue and short rib right on your table and you don't even have to wait for it to be delivered to you.

Pictured: GIY (Grill it Yourself) Rib Eye on the grill

Finka Table & Tap

Although Finka's roots are Cuban, it features some serious Asian dishes like Korean style Brussel sprouts, Korean barbecue ribs, Japchae (Korean sweet potato noodles) with vaca frita and bok choy and the wildly popular KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), smothered in spicy Gochujang and served with boniato bread.

Pictured: KFC bowl

Gabose Korean B.B.Q Restaurant

Ever gone on a road trip for Korean barbecue? Now's your chance. Gabose is quite the trek if you're in Miami, but there's no place else like it. There's a variety of table-top and charcoal Bulgogi including thin sliced beef, spicy pork, barbecue chicken and special sauce short rib.

KYU

Featured on this month's Hottest Restaurants list, Kyu's repertoire is due to more than just its acclaimed butter braised Korean fried chicken. Or is it?

Pictured: Butter braised Korean fried chicken

Lan Pan Asian Cafe

Lan Pan Asian draws influence from all over east and southeast Asia. Its Korean barbecue ribs are glazed in a garlic soy sauce and they compete for the spotlight against the spicy Korean barbecue rice, skirt steak and wakame seaweed served over rice.

Pictured: Korean barbecue ribs

Myung Ga tofu & barbecue

It's no surprise that you'll have an easier time finding arepas in South Florida than Korean barbecue, but the hidden gems still exist. Myungga's highlights include beef bulgogi served with clear noodles in a hot stone pot, barbecue short ribs, spicy squid in red chili sauce and the seafood pancake (not barbecue but still a favorite).

Pictured: Ttukbaekki bulgogi

Sakaya Kitchen

Sakaya is an Asian fusion eatery whose menu is brimming with Korean options, including Korean style spicy tater tots, fried chicken wings and jumbo shrimp. The wings and jumbo shrimp are also featured in their big bowls, where they're served with Thai jasmine rice and Thai coconut rice, respectively.

Pictured: Spicy tots with Bulgogi

Sushi Cafe & Shilla Korean Restaurant

At Sushi Cafe there are more Korean barbecue options than you can be bothered to try pronouncing. You can order it kitchen made or you can grill it yourself, which is the whole fun of Bulgogi anyway. Options include, but are not limited to, tender prime short rib, boneless ribeye, sliced pork loin, chicken and sliced brisket.

Pictured: Daiji Bulgoki

Talde

Talde's Korean fried chicken doesn't play games. While most restaurants would list them as a side dish or appetizer, at Talde they're a full-sized entree, served with spicy kimchi yogurt and grapes.

Pictured: Korean fried chicken

Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen

Tap 42 recently made its way to Miami after building quite the acclaim in Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton. The gastropub known for its endless craft beers and Prohibition burgers features an array of Korean goods, including Korean chicken lettuce wraps with chili soy vinaigrette and, of course, Korean fried chicken.

Pictured: Korean chicken lettuce wraps

The Continental Miami

The Continental's Korean fried chicken is smothered in a spicy soy-garlic lacquer. But if you're not in the mood for eating an entire half fried chicken (what's the matter with you?), you can opt for the Korean barbecue skirt steak lettuce wraps, a lighter option.

Pictured: Korean fried chicken

Izziban Korean BBQ

Is this cheating? Sunrise, FL isn't necessarily around the corner, but there are some very tempting Korean barbecue joints up north that make the long drive a non-issue. Izziban features an all-you-can-grill-at-your-table option for a fixed price, along with menu staples such as rib eye Bulgogi and Korean barbecue ribs.

Pictured: Table grilling

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