Part of a series of restaurant recommendations offered in The Stranger’s 2017 Guide to Food and Drink (International Edition).


Don't let its hole-in-the-wall size and counter-top serving style fool you—the flavors are on point at Bibimbap. Though offerings include teriyaki, noodle bowls, and udon soup, fans of the place come for the Korean joint's namesake dish in both regular and hot stone pot varieties—a bowl of white rice topped with seasoned and lightly sautéed veggies, chili pepper paste, meat, kimchi or tofu, and a sunny-side-up egg sprinkled with sesame seeds and green onion. Its downtown location along the Marion Street Ferry Walkway also makes it an ideal pit stop for hungry travelers leaving the ferry terminal. LEILANI POLK

Bok A Bok

If you are familiar with White Center, you know Bok A Bok—a chicken-centric Korean place located there—has gotta serve some pretty fine fare to get people to make the trek. However, like the Loretta's Tavern Burger or the Phorale Fuego, Bok A Bok's wings are worth the trip. They've got a selection of sandwiches as well as your standard chicken pieces—breast, wing, thigh, leg—and assorted sides. French fries with kimchi cheese sauce? Well worth the long, lonely ride on the 60. Also, this humble chicken shack offers Tattinger champagne service for $45, because YOLO. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE

Girin Steak House & Ssam Bar

Girin does classical Korean cuisine well, but if you love meat, and you have not been to this Sodo area joint, I really feel sorry for you. You don't know what you're missing. If money is on your mind, then hit the happy hour to do some grazing. If not, then go all out for the 10 ounce hanger steak on the dinner menu. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Worth every penny. The restaurant's decor is a bit much, true, but the food here is world-class. CHARLES MUDEDE

Korean Tofu House

The lion's share of our great Korean restaurants may lie north in Lynnwood or down in Federal Way, but UW students benefit from the conveniently located Korean Tofu House, just off the Ave. The service is quick, the decor bare-bones, and the menu of Korean classics kindly priced for students, with most entrées around $9 to $11. Go for the lightly spicy kimchi tofu soup or the hot pot bibimbap, scraping up those delicious crunchy bits of rice at the bottom. In-house entrées come with a generous selection of banchan, which customers always seem to devour before the first order of bulgogi even hits the table. CORINA ZAPPIA recommended