I had a pleasant surprise at lunch today. The Korean-owned Japanese restaurant in Tall Oaks Plaza (North Shore Drive and Whiele) has changed name, decor, and probably ownership and is now Gato Sushi, a Korean and Japanese restaurant. They offer more than a dozen bento selections at lunch, most in the $8.99 and $9.99 range, and both kalbi and bulgoki are available. Alas, the quite decent lunch buffet seems to have gone the way of the old name/ownership.
I had the kalbi and the spouse had the bulgoki. Both were good, not quite at the Hee Been level. The boxed lunch included miso soup, a cold noodle and vegetable dish (not jap chae), two slices of sushi roll (California with the bulgoki, salmon and cream cheese with the kalbi), salad, half a fried rice and squid ball, a small piece of fried fish, a few slices of pickled daikon, and of course the featured entree.
We checked the dinner menu on the way out and while it is still primarily Japanese, they have kalbi, bulgoki, pork barbeque, jap chae, bibim bap and a few other Korean dishes.
I'm still hoping that the Korean restaurant community will open up a top notch place with grill tables out here in the hinterlands, but this will at least satisfy my cravings on days that I'm just not up to braving the beltway to get my kalbi.