When Sean Brock of McCrady's was tapped by the James Beard Foundation for suggestions on where to eat in Charleston, this West Ashley institution made his list (much to the dismay of Charleston tourism marketers). We cheered when we saw it, because we too love Kim's. You can go there for the hibachi table routine, or you can sit up front at the sushi bar. But here's a tip: Order from the Korean menu. Get the delicious ribs, some green onion pancakes, Korean barbecue, fried squid, all accompanied by a selection of pickled garnishes, including a respectable kimchi. We've seen people here searing meats on in-table grills, but we haven't had the nerve to figure that out yet (we're waiting for a native guide). Our favorite menu item has to be the Stone Bowl, which offers a singular experience. The super-heated cauldron comes filled with steamed rice, Korean barbecue, vegetables, and a lightly fried egg that perform magic when stirred together alongside loads of housemade hot sauce. The egg thickens into a rich sauce, the rice fries against the bowl, peeling into crusty sheaves of goodness, and the chili sauce coats your throat and burns all the way down. No wonder this place is on Brock's list. —Stephanie Barna, Dish (Summer 2011)
Korean food with sushi and hibachi choices too.
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