Defined as the core of Korean-American culture by the Gwinnett Daily Post, Gwinnett’s Korean population has nearly doubled since 2000, bringing with it a plethora of Korean restaurants, businesses and cultural centers. With streets lined with different food niches that span across Asia, featuring specialty restaurants offering foods from Vietnam to Thailand, Gwinnett has become the ‘little Asia’ of north Georgia and for good reason, too. Specifically, Gwinnett’s Korean culture has grown exponentially as a result of the population’s northern expansion along Buford Highway, with communities moving from Doraville and, drawn by an exceptional educational system, plentiful land, and affordable housing, settling in Gwinnett County. If you’re interested in diving into the delicious world of Korean cuisine, check out our top restaurant recommendations below and taste for yourself why these restaurateurs are giving Gwinnett County its name on the Georgia culinary scene.
If you’re looking for the perfect hang-out spot to catch up with friends….
Next up, we have Honey Pig, the restaurant that started the Korean BBQ trend in Gwinnett, serving as a leader for the influx of similarly styled restaurants to spring up within the county. Here, chef and owner John Lee caters to a younger clientele while still offering a communal and family-friendly environment. Like The Stone Grill, Honey Pig provides each table with their own cast-iron grill where you can immerse yourself in the preparation experience from sight to smell. Its funky, self-described industrial-chic interior makes it the perfect eatery for hanging out with friends while you indulge in the dishes of one of Gwinnett County, Georgia‘s most popular spots for Korean BBQ. My favorite dish here is the pork BBQ, cooked to perfection on my table’s very own cast-iron lid.
If you need a quick and casual lunch spot…
Suwanee Chick and Pizza serves as a laid-back, speedy alternative to The Stone Grill and Honey Pig that still manages to offer that communal dining environment that seems paramount to the Korean food culture. Popular with students as an after-school food stop, Suwanee Chicken and Pizza offers an eclectic menu that puts a Korean flair on your favorite and classic southern fried foods. The restaurant is simple yet delicious, leaving the unexpected cultural mixtures to speak for themselves. Next time you’re in the area, stop by and see for yourself why Bulgogi and Korean style pizzas with fried chicken are the best pizza topping combinations you never knew you needed.