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San Soo Gab San

View Map5247 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 334-1589
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Description of San Soo Gab San

This Korean barbecue restaurant offers high-quality marinated meat cooked over charcoal - by you! Soon after you've ordered your protein (different varieties of beef, chicken, octopus, squid, about $17 per order), a piping hot pot of charcoal is plopped into the hole in the middle of your table, a grate is set over it, and then it's up to you to grill. While you wait for the stuff to cook (it won't take long), sample a few of the 25 or so side dishes that come along with your dinner. It's not easy to tell what everything is (kimchee is a given, sure, but what're those jelly-like cubes that taste of soy?) but that's part of the fun.

If you're not into the whole raw-meat-at-your-table thing (wimp), you can also opt for bowls of cold buckwheat noodles with beef and chili sauce or egg pancakes stuffed with shrimp and calamari. Also, very sensitive diners should be warned - service here is gruff at best (especially if you don't speak Korean). But it's worth it.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage's Tips

Your server will tell you that each meat dish is meant to feed one person, but with all the side dishes and soup, you probably don't need quite that much meat (and the pressure to cook it all can make your meal feel rushed). Unless you're training for an eating contest, three orders for four people should be plenty.

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