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Monday, March 24, 2008


Ken had a birthday. About a month ago, he he had one. But as is customary with all my friends, finding a date when more than one person can make it to specific place at a specific time took about a month.

We decided to give newbie GUI a try.

GUI, pronounced "goooey", meaning barbecue, is the lone Korean on McKinney Avenue. In fact, outside of the more gritty Harry Hines & Royal Ave. Korean neighborhood, its about the last stop for Korean fare until you hit the burbs.

That GUI is residing in the exact same spot that has killed many, many other restaurants like Watel's and Yellow, is a little scary. Add to that a $25 plate of Bul Go Gi (which is $8 in the Korean hood) and it's almost Jamie Lee Curtis hiding in a closet with a maniac on the loose kinda scary.

But, I liked GUI. Its a typical uptown, 20-something, loud party music kinda experience but the food is quite good and the service is incredible. While there are other items on the menu aside from Korean, I'd recommend sticking to the Korean. The sushi rolls we ordered as appetizers were good, but there are better places for sushi.

The Bul Go Gi (BBQ beef) here is amazing, highly recommended! I found out a while back from a nice Korean lady that the secret to making Bul Go Gi beef so tender is to grate a whole pear into the marinade. Apparently the pear is the only fruit containing some enzyme that specifically breaks down beef. Who knew!

The sake list is nice for such a small place and they even had the wicked, evil Soju, which is like Korean firewater. Desserts are not the strong suit here, so you might as well make it a progressive evening and walk on to another spot if you are wanting a sweeter ending.

2719 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

(214) 720-9229

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Anonymous Jason said...

Sounds delish.
It's been a while, but damn you've made me thirsty for some sake bombers!!

8:49 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Yummmm, sake! :)

7:59 AM

Blogger suzy said...

Koren food is yummy! I love the barbeque and all the little sides.

11:25 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Oh yeah, dont forget the 10-12 side dishes which are more than enough for a meal! :)

11:14 AM

Blogger Michael said...

Interesting tip about the pear.
I might have to try it out; the beef here in Israel tends to be pretty tough, especially by American standards.

2:10 AM

Blogger carl r said...

Dude, you trusted a BBQ called "gooey?"

Very brave.

So, was it gooey? And if it wasn't, how in Texas could you have called it BBQ, Korean or not!

7:18 AM

Blogger Jim said...

It works Michael, I've tried it at home!

12:05 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Carl, I eat meat about once a year so I'm not going to be a good judge of anything BBQ, goooey or not :)

12:05 AM

Blogger carl r said...

In that case, Jim, enjoy your gooey BBQ!

6:55 AM

Blogger Jim said...

LOL, Carl, I did. I will!

7:07 AM

Blogger Michael said...

I couldn't handle having meat only once a year. Too much carnivore in me.

But I agree that good BBQ is always gooey.

7:41 AM

Blogger Jim said...

I'll have to trust the BBQ experts on the gooey factor of BBQ, Michael. From a glance most of the offerings in Texas are *definitely* gooey.

2:26 PM


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