Korean Barbeque at Honey Pig (Duluth, Georgia)

Family has always been an important part of my life, but when I live in another part of town, sometimes it is difficult to see my family. Because of this, I often make lunch dates with my mom and aunt. We have fabulous times on these dates, as I patiently overlook my mom’s complaints about service or my aunt’s food pickiness. Of course, these are the things I love so much about my family and make dining out an adventure.  Our initial lunch quest was a Japanese restaurant, but when the waitress revealed they use MSG, we happily trotted over two doors down to Honey Pig.  Upon entering Honey Pig, we were perplexed and not sure of the type of restaurant it was.  Typical American interpretation of the name would be a southern barbeque joint, but as we waited to be seated, it became apparent this was a Korean barbeque restaurant. There were many tables with large cast iron lids topped with sizzling meat and vegetables, revealing aromas which instantly drew us in.

Upon being seated, we were overwhelmed by an array of condiments and salads our server quickly placed on the table, and so our adventure began with perusing the menu.  The menu contained unique items such as beef tongue, intestines and pork skin.  I wanted to have an adventurous Travel Channel moment and order pork skin, but I knew the amount of fat would not be good for me.  As a group we decided on two orders of duck and one of prime pork shoulder butt.  While waiting for our meat, bean sprouts and kimchee, a fermented Korean dish made with cabbage, were placed on our cast iron lid to cook. As these sizzled, the duck was brought out in strikingly thin slices and cooked on the hot lid to perfection. The duck sizzled up into crispy pieces, like bacon, and the remarkable part was the fat drained off the lid into a cup.  With the fat drained off, I was able to eat a few bites, dipping in bean paste, while waiting for the pork. Our server initially placed the pork on the lid in one large piece, but as it cooked, the server came back and with lightning speed cut up the pork into little pieces to further brown. I ate the pork dipped in chili sauce, which was divine.

After eating bean sprouts, kimchee, duck, pork, condiments, and a salad, to our surprise, they brought out rice and another soup.  The rice was placed on the lid and mixed in with whatever you had left on the lid. We did not know this, so we ate all our meat and only had a few vegetables left, but the rice was delicious.  After eating rice, the grand finale was a bowl of hot traditional Korean soup brought out in a cast iron bowl. This was so much food for an unbelievable price of only $21 per person.  Overall, we had a delightful experience and lots of fun. I will say the service is not the best by American standards, as our server was not friendly. But, I really did not care, as the food was so good and the experience with my family was priceless.


Honey Pig

3473 Old Norcross Road, Suite 304
Duluth, GA 30096
http://www.honeypigatl.com

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