Honey Pig: Ellicott City, MD, USA
This is the closest Honey Pig (HP) location to Baltimore, and you had to get there by car. Admittedly, it still has yet to beat that of korean bbq in K-town, Los Angeles but this is the best that you can get out here in Baltimore. We’ve had this back home in Atlanta in addition to a few other competitors like Oh My Sang Gyup Sal and Iron Age. Supposedly the quality of meat is much better at Honey Pig, and so I put it to the test!
One of the things that I noticed was that the HP here in the mid-Atlantic did not have an AYCE option. That to me was really disappointing. If they have it in LA and then they have it in ATL of all places, then shouldn’t there be an option here? My suspicions is that there are way more resources for supplies and groceries out in California and in Georgia, well things are just cheaper in general. Not to mention, there are way more Korea grocery stores in Atlanta as well. There’s at least four to five of them within a 15 minute drive from my house!
The food did not disappoint. For those of us here who crave good Asian food, this pretty much hit the spot. We followed our normal thin-sliced beef brisket with the pork belly and it totally hit the spot. One of the things that we ordered which I normally do not get but really enjoy were the LA galbi ribs. Truth be told, I love their rib stew, galbi jjim, more than anything so the LA galbi order was a nice touch. They do serve the side dishes with steamed egg, something that I also really enjoy and isn’t really found in other kbbq places.
Following that, we found a cafe – Cafe Bene – that served dessert in the form of korean shaved ice (patbingsu). It was magic right after an already tasty meal. I think we ordered the green tea shaved ice. Truth be told, I couldn’t remember much after dinner because one of my younger friends/dongsaengs ordered soju for the table. I feel like his whole goal this year was to get me bombed and he succeeded with his diabolical Korean drinking games. He did however, console me by getting this shaved ice for the table (we miss you Emo!).
All in all, if you’re craving some quality korean bbq, I definitely recommend this place. The only bad thing is that you need a car to get here from Baltimore city. An Uber may be worth it if you cram four or five of you in a car and split it both ways with everyone. You can find them at the address below:
10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Until next time, happy eating!