I love Korean food. Of course, I realize that probably doesn’t seem like I’m saying much because I’ve got Korean in my heritage. However, I actually only liked about two Korean dishes up until I hit junior year in high school. Prior to that, my family would tease me, saying I should have been born into a Japanese family because the only cuisine I really liked was all Japanese food. Somehow though, my taste buds changed or something like that in high school, and now I eat many more Korean dishes than when I was younger. Even so, I’m still not completely up to speed on all the different Korean restaurants in the DMV area.
Honey Pig is a perfect example. Most of my friends have been going to this place the minute this chain opened up for business (they’ve been around since 2008), but the first time I ever heard of it was in 2010, and the first time I ever stepped foot in one was December of last year, I believe. According to my friends, they’ve always done well, but business really boomed for them after they offered a deal through Groupon. (Which I think is pretty fantastic, because I think a business doing something with companies like Groupon or Living Social could really lose money if they don’t do things right.)
I wouldn’t exactly call Honey Pig a buffet, but it’s definitely a place where you’d want to go with a decently-sized group of people because you get a lot of food. Not to mention things can get a little pricey if you go by yourself or only with 2-3 people. Then again, it also depends on how much your group eats. I could be wrong, but I think they do coupons regularly so if you plan on going there I’d try scoping out any deals they might have online first.
The one my friends go regularly to is the one located in Ellicott City, since most of them live nearby that location. I’ve only been there about three times, but I’m probably going to go there more often because now my schedule better matches the group of friends that likes to go.
Sometimes there’s a bit of a wait, but it’s usually not for too long. This isn’t somewhere I’d go if I wanted to eat someplace nice and quiet, but if you’re looking for something lively, this is probably a place you might like to try. As you can see from the picture below, it can get pretty busy inside.
The following is an example of how they cook their meat. MmMm~ Doesn’t that look good?
Online Ordering?: No.
Wi-fi?: I don’t think so, but even if they did trust me, you would not have the time or the room for web surfing.
Kids Menu?: Don’t think so.
Buffet?: I don’t think they do.
Vegetarian/Vegan-friendly?: Possibly, though the selection is probably extremely limited since I think they specialize in mostly meats here.
Recommended?: Yes – Particularly for groups of five or more.
If you want a quieter atmosphere and a meal for one or two, I’d still recommend Woomi Garden. I also would recommend Woomi Garden over Honey Pig if you’re looking for some good galbi. However, if you’re with a large group of people and basically want to get more bang for your buck for a variety of meats, then I’d choose Honey Pig.
For more information, you can visit their website at www.eathoneypig.com, or by calling them. The number for the Ellicott City location I’m familiar with is (410) 696-2426. For those that just want the address, it’s 10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042.