I went to try a new place (for me), called To Sok Jip. It's located on Columbia Pike in Annandale across the street from Bank of America.
The restuarant was small to say the least. It had 10 tables and it was the only korean place I've been to where I've had to wait to be seated. There was a line.
This is also one of the few restuarants I've been to where it reminded me of eating in korea. For lunch they ran two types of specials, Soup/noodle dishes ($6.99) and grilled fish and stew special for ($7.99). I asked for Hae Jang Guk and Soon Dae Guk (both are very spicy soups). Although on the menu they didn't have it today. BTW, menu is a loose term. They don't have any. They write the specials on card board and chalk board in korean only.
So I switch gears and went for the Grilled Blue Fish with Dweng Jang Guk (soy bean paste stew) for $7.99. The blue fish (an oily fish) was salted and grilled just perfect. The Dweng Jang Guk was probably least favorite thing but it was still very favorful without being too salty. Very good. The best though was the Ban Chan (the side dishes that you get with every meal). The two type of kimchi were really good. The eggplant was excellent as were all the other sides. The best was though pickled raw crabs. They rocked. There were alot of sides they put on the table and they were really good about keeping them filled.
I am definitely going back to this place and taking the family.
The service was very attentive and hurried (two waitresses were doing the whole place) but I never had to wait and the refills were lighting fast.
Even if you are not korean, as long as you are adventurous, I'd recommend the place.
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