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Gogi Time is Going Down Tonight: Here's My AYCE KBBQ Strategy

Gogi Time is Going Down Tonight: Here's My AYCE KBBQ Strategy

It's meat time, baby! And I'm gonna eat until I hate myself!


Gogi Time is a wonderful All You Can Eat Korean BBQ spot just around the corner from me. And honestly, it's one of the best AYCE KBBQ joints I've been to in general. In fact, I'd go as far as saying it is my favorite of all time. Tonight I'll be meating with some old friends I haven't seen in a while. Whenever I go to an AYCE KBBQ spot I have a few rules that I follow to help optimize the experience and get my money's worth of meat. Now, I want to be clear I'm not posting these as strict rules that everyone needs to follow, so consider this more of a symposium of ideas rather than a lecture. Anywho, LET'S EAT! 

1. Take your time

This isn't a race and most places give you at least 2 hours to consume as much as is humanly possible. At first it's going to seem like it's taking forever for stuff to hit your plate, but at some point you'll find yourself with an overabundance. If you eat too fast, you're going to ruin yourself for the home stretch feast.

2. Go for the good stuff

Chicken is basic, and unless you're a superfan, I'd skip it to be honest. The real deal is things like pork belly and prime steak slices. You'll know stuff is higher quality because they'll give you less of it on each plate than some of the other cuts. Make sure to put in another request for the prime cuts as soon as they bring you your first plate of it and keep it coming all night. 

3. Go for the spicy stuff

If you can handle spicy foods then you should definitely order that version of whatever you're getting. Spicy pork is a particular favorite of mine along with that spicy pork belly. A nice side of kimchi can knock things up a notch too. 

4. Get some sides if they're included

One thing I love in particular about Gogi Time is they have an excellent appatizer menu tied into their AYCE menu. If you've never had corn cheese you owe it to yourself to try it at least once. The pork gyoza are also excellent. Sides are also a great way to whet your appetite as you wait for the next giant plate of steak. Don't be afraid to explore the menu beyond the meat! 

5. Sharing is caring

If you're manning the grill, it's up to you to make sure everyone at the table is getting their fair share of whatever they want. You're a team, a well-oiled eating machine working in unison to make sure you all wreck your toilets tomorrow. Everyone is gonna leave with a full belly and a smile, so don't hog the good stuff!

That's about all I can think of right now, but if you've got any good tips of your own, feel free to share them! I'm off to stuff my face! 

From The Chatty
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    April 13, 2022 6:01 PM

    I'm hitting up some AYCE KBBQ tonight!

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      April 13, 2022 8:55 PM

      I’ve got some for you from my olden days of Korean BBQ depravity. Considering we’d almost always be the only white people in the place, there were a few important things we’d do:

      #1: study up in advance of the Korean names for all the different cuts of meat and sides, because the menus were never in English. Our pronunciation might have sucked, but at least they knew we meant business.

      #2: I would always make sure to dress up very trendy with jewelry, makeup and the expensive shoes/bag. Again, made it clear we were there to get down.

      #3 Drink a ton of alcohol. Those were the olden days of being able to handle that madness, but the more bottles of soju and makoli we were able to maintain ourselves with, the more excellent the service would become, with all sorts of comped dishes and fun with the staff and other customers. People partied hard at these places and there’d usually be some girl falling under the table next to us or whatnot, so we were usually the quiet ones overall.

      Now the scene is much cleaner, although after the pandemic, who knows? I will consider them fond memories because I can’t drink or eat piles of meat like that anymore. Good times!!!

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        April 14, 2022 7:27 AM

        This one knows Korean food. I have never been so full as on the night we hit three different places in LA. I thought I was going to die.

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          April 14, 2022 9:26 AM

          That reminds me of #4: don’t eat anything the entire day before an outing to K-town! 😂

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