At its best, Korean barbecue is a communal eating experience with friends and family as you grill marinated meats over a hot grill. Since the onset of the pandemic, the experience hasn’t completely disappeared; instead, it’s been replaced with takeout from local Korean restaurants that includes the option to still do your own cooking. Here are some popular spots that will allow you to bring the joy of Korean barbecue home.Read More
Where to Get Korean Barbecue for Takeout in San Diego
A hit list when you’re craving sizzling, marinated meats
1. Rice Goban
Westfield UTC mall is where you’ll find this eatery. They serve a multitude of Korean combos like hangsang boxes and bibimap bowls as well as Korean fried chicken. When it comes to BBQ, diners have an opportunity to do the grilling at home with their ready-to-grill meats. Bulgogi, galbi chicken and honey fried chicken come with marinade and assorted veggies. Order online for easy pickup or delivery.
2. Buga Korean BBQ Restaurant
Ordering ahead for takeout has its advantages at Buga. The restaurant offers 20% off the entire order which includes everything from appetizers like fried dumplings and jap chae noodles to bento boxes packed with spicy pork or short ribs.
3. Manna BBQ
Manna’s new to-go menu focuses on their BBQ experience but packed into a hefty bowl. Priced at $8.99, the bowl includes your choice of protein (beef or chicken bulgogi, beef or pork belly, or brisket chadol), rice and a side.
4. Grandma Tofu & BBQ
Order takeout from Grandma Tofu and know you’ll get getting the same food as you were if you dining at the restaurant. The options including BBQ are hot and ready and include a variety of carefully packed side dishes to complete your meal.
5. Song Hak - San Diego
Song Hak made the pivot from outdoor dining to takeout with their entire menu available hot or ready-to-cook. There’s the usual variety of marinated meats to choose from, and all come with salad and ban chan on combo meals.
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6. Chon Ju Jip
You won’t feel like you’re missing out since Chon Ju Jip’s entire menu is available for takeout. Choose from a selection of Korean BBQ ranging from galbi (marinated short ribs) to jeyuk-bokkeum (marinated spicy pork). All dishes come a variety of ban chan.
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7. Taegukgi Korean BBQ
Taegukgi’s all-you-can-eat format still exists when dine-in is available but their new to-go menu presents all the favorites in three different packages. The pre-cooked options include a fountain drink with choice of protein, rice, kimchi and two sides. Those wanting to cook at home can also order meats and sauces.
8. Handoo Korean BBQ
More than ten options await you at Handoo, ranging from seafood pancakes to spicy tofu soup. For solely BBQ, choose from beef short ribs, beef, spicy pork, chicken bulgogi or marinated pork.
Takeout from Woomiok is as easy as visiting their website to place an order for delivery or pickup. The restaurant’s specialty is beef soup but bulgogi is also on the menu.
10. DJK Korean BBQ (Dae Jang Keum)
DJK isn’t open for indoor dining but the entire menu is available for takeout. For a little bit of everything, consider one of the combos with bulgogi, chicken, beef brisket and boiled soybean paste soup. If you’re looking to customize your eating experience, DJK’s meats are also sold by the pound.
11. 356 Korean BBQ & Bar
Mission Valley’s 356 Korean BBQ has the option for ready-to-eat meals or grill-at-home feasts. If you’re craving BBQ consider the soy sauce pork belly meal served with a fried egg, salad and steamed rice. Or bring home one of a variety of 54 meats sold by the pound. Order on Tuesday or Thursday for 50% off the price of meats.