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Sign Says Honey Pig Korean BBQ is coming soon to Washington DC

by Prince Of Petworth August 18, 2016 at 10:20 am 74 Comments

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Thanks to a reader for sending the answer to many people’s prayers from the Annandale Honey Pig. Back in 2012 we had heard some scuttlebutt that they were interested in H Street, NE but that never panned out. Updates when we learn where in DC they’ll be coming. Any guesses? To the map! I’ve super enlarged it and…

For those not familiar with Honey Pig:

“Honey pig began in 2008 when Mr. & Mrs. Kim decided to create a restaurant that would offer affordable, quality food for people from all different walks of life in VA. Today, all six locations of Honey pig is Known for being just that– a fun, vibrant mixing bowl of all ages and cultures, coming together enjoy the best tasting Korean BBQ at the lowest prices in town!

Honey Pig Korean Grill began with a simple dream: to share one family’s love of Korean food with the entire community. Five locations later, the restaurant tantalizes taste buds across the region with a full menu of beef, pork, poultry,and seafood entrees cookedusing traditional Koreaningredients and recipes. Try the thinly sliced beef brisket, pork belly, or duck breast, or the beef tartar served raw with pears and pine nuts. Baby octopus shares a plate with pork belly and cabbage that’s seasoned to spicy perfection, and soybean paste stewsimmers with tofu and vegetables.

In Korean, a gold pig represents good fortune therefore, HONEY = SWEET, PIG = GOOD FORTUNE HONEY + PIG = SWEET, GOOD FORTUNE. Of course, it also means that the pork is delicious and sweet like honey.”

Check out their menu here.

  • FridayGirl

    I would be totally down for this.

  • anonymous

    Please not H st. Anywhere besides the craziness of H st.

    • Anon

      Quelle horreur!

    • Anon

      “Craziness”? Do explain

      This place would be great on H St. Imm Thai (another suburban asian chain) seems to have done very well

    • I Dont Get It

      But you can take the streetcar there, except on Sundays.

      • Bryan

        Or you know….walk the mile from the metro like a normal person. Or drive there and park on the street like a normal person. Or take a taxi/uber/lyft/chariot like a normal person.

        H St isn’t even “crazy.” It would be a good location. Although I myself would prefer walking distance to my place so I wouldn’t have to worry about any of the other methods of getting there.

        • I Dont Get It

          I’m lazy!

    • skj84

      This H Street adjacent resident welcomes any and all new restaurants to my hood. Why should NW have all the fun?

    • Jack5

      Like Petworth… Hint… Hint…

  • They are one of the worst KBBQ options in the burbs, I can think of at least half a dozen that are better without much effort. Still, the lack of anything similar within the District means they’ll surely do well.

    • anonymous

      I wish there was a Willards in the city. They would print money if. Love when I have to go to Chantilly for meetings.

      • Different kind of BBQ, but yeah they would fare better than most of what’s available here. If I’m going that far though I’ll just continue on to Aldie and hit up The Pit Stop.

    • V

      Please recommend one or two others. I tried a few others in the Annandale area but still preferred HP. Thx.

      • FridayGirl

        I’ve heard Kogiya is the best from friends, but sadly I haven’t made it there myself yet.

      • Kogiya, Oegadgib, Nak Won, Manna, Iron Age…just a few I’ve been to trekking out to VA that beat HP by a good margin.

        • V

          Thx – looking forward to trying!

        • divebar311

          Iron Age is the BOMB. My friend’s wife, who is Korean took us to dinner there. Wow.

      • K_CP

        I second Kogiya

    • MarkQ

      And yet they have enough business to grow to multiple locations? How does that work if they are the worst?

      • dcd

        Because many (most) people don’t know anything about food.

        • Bryan

          I mean you cannot go wrong with almost any of the KBBQ places in Annandale. But your hyperbole is not true.

        • ChenChen

          +1

      • McDonald’s also has grown their business, but would you call them the best burgers? Increased consumption because you provide a cheap product doesn’t really cut it for consumers who actually want the best flavor.

      • palisades

        You can’t honestly believe that’s a valid argument lol

      • Anon5

        Seems to work fine for Starbucks.

    • AsAMother

      Yeah, given that Annandale is incredibly difficult to get to for people who don’t have cars, I think a lot of people would be very happy with a Honey Pig in DC.

  • INWDC

    This is unlikely, but I hope they continue the asian invasion in Adams Morgan. While we already have the wonderful BUL, it’s not Korean bbq experience.

    • FridayGirl

      +1. I just hope they aren’t on H St. like above commenter mentioned. It’s so far away.

      • MK

        Really? H St. is far away?

        • FridayGirl

          From my current apartment (haven’t been to H St. since I moved) I’m getting a google maps estimate of 35-50 minutes via public transportation. From my old apartment it used to take me over an hour so I never bothered.
          .
          I suppose it depends on where you live but H St. certainly isn’t one of the more accessible areas of the city IMO.

          • I Dont Get It

            LOL. That’s the comment my friends and I always make hat H Street is “too far.”

          • Anon

            You can bike to H St NE from most places in DC in 20 min. Get yourself a bicycle my friend, you are missing out if you never leave NW

          • Anon

            You don’t even have to resort to biking– the 90 bus will get you there in 20 minutes from Adams Morgan.

          • FridayGirl

            Really?! Google lies — it told me 40 minutes! (Maybe there was traffic this morning when I checked.) That is good to know.

          • MK

            “H St. certainly isn’t one of the more accessible areas of the city IMO.”

            What? It always amazes me that people in NW forget that people actually live and work on the East side of North Capitol street.

          • BlueStreak

            It’s true it isn’t as accessible. It doesn’t mean it isn’t accessible to some people. There is no doubt that if this were in Chinatown it would be easier to get to for more people than if it ends up on H St. The area is lacking a public transportation option that many people use.

          • Bryan

            FridayGirl, does your definition of “accessible” simply mean “within a half mile radius of where you live and/or work?”

            Because your comment is ridiculous. There are a multitude of buses that go to H St. You can easily walk there from the metro. You can take a cab and there is rarely if ever difficulty finding parking.

            And it is easy to bike there.

            It seems to me the place is easily accessible as long as you aren’t lazy.

          • textdoc

            IIRC, “H Street is so far away” was among the items in the “Sh*t People in D.C. Say” video a few years ago. :)

          • Google Maps will pull in real-time transit data. So if there was no bus coming in the next 15-20 minutes then that’s going to factor into your 40 minute estimate.

          • FridayGirl

            Wow, Bryan. I didn’t know my simple comments that echo what others have said for years would boil your blood so much. Why are you so personally offended by this?
            .
            Also if you knew me you’d know I’m not lazy. I spent three years busing to three different parts of the city almost every day when I worked full-time and went to school, and now I routinely walk 5-8 miles a day, every day. I’m allowed to decide that the trek to H Street wouldn’t be worth it just as you are all able to say that you’d like it to open on H Street.

          • Anon

            FridayGirl, next time just say you hope it’s in your neighborhood. When you say H St is “so far away” (not from you, but in general) it sounds like you mean from all of civilization or something. That is what is annoying people about your statement. Well, that and the fact that everything in DC is objectively very close together

          • FridayGirl

            -_- But everyone else does the same thing!! Jesus Christ, I just can’t today.

          • Formerly ParkViewRes

            What?! H Street IS far away from a lot of people. I’ve been to H Street probably 3 times in my life because I prefer walking places. It never made sense to go to H Street when I could walk to Petworth, Columbia Heights, U Street, Shaw, Logan, etc. People are allowed to have opinions about the location of things. My guess is people who live on H St are getting offended by FridayGirl’s statement, which is ridiculous.

        • Anon

          Adams Morgan is so far away for those of us in SE. Regardless, there’s a frequently-running bus that connects all these places so it’s not hard to neighborhood hop.

          • Anon

            Yea, the 90s buses are sort of incredible: Navy Yard, Eastern Market, Capitol HIl, H St, Union Market, NoMa, Bloomingdale, U St, Adams Morgan, Zoo … all serviced by the same bus.

          • divebar311

            The 90 and 92 bus are the most underrated bus lines IMO.

            I’m surprised how little people use it and it hits some of the most popoular neighborhoods in DC (H, Adams Morgan, U Street, Navy Yard, Eastern Market).

          • Anon

            And let’s not forget that those buses run every 10 minutes, all day and all night! DC needs more lines like that.

        • P. Lecheval

          Many of us live in the denser population centers of NW. There is very little on H Street that we can’t find closer to home, so the trek over there really isn’t worth the time it takes.

          • Anon

            And vice versa (I haven’t been to Adams Morgan or Dupont in years). DC neighborhoods have become so amenity-rich that they are like little cities unto themselves, which isn’t a bad thing.

          • FridayGirl

            Thank you. This was my original train of thought… now I wish I hadn’t bothered. Hahaha….

          • Anon

            You should have just said, “I hope it’s my neighborhood, and if it’s not I probably won’t end up ever going.”

      • Anon

        Yeah, cuz Annandale and Germantown are sooo much closer.

        • FridayGirl

          Nope, but there are a million other restaurants that I could eat at instead.

          • Bryan

            Where can one get equal if not better KBBQ in the city?

          • That One Guy

            I could tell you, but first we’d need to do the secret Korean hand shake/dance just to make sure you could be trusted with the info.

  • dc_denizen

    best decision ever! can’t wait.

  • That One Guy

    I smell trouble. I hope they install a very good exhaust system wherever they ultimately end up.

  • Trinidaddy

    please come to H st and fill the old HR57 space…thanks!

  • divebar311

    Where it should go: Ivy City

    Where it will go: Chinatown or H Street

    • Bryan

      I mean, if we are talking about “accessibility” then H St or Chinatown >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ivy City.

    • cree

      why should it go to ivy city?

      • divebar311

        Great question. I just checked DCRA vacant database, quite a few vacant buildings in the neighborhood. It would be cool if they took a warehouse on West Virginia Ave or Mt. Olivet. Bladensburg Road has a bunch of vacant property, not sure if any are in Ivy City hood.

        • Anon

          Now, Ivy City is legitimately hard to get to.

          • FridayGirl

            +1

          • cree

            not for the 10’s of thousands that drive past it every day.

        • Bryan

          Aren’t they turning one of those big empty lots into a big grocery store and other type of outlets? Maybe I am wrong but I thought that was the plan.

  • FridayGirl

    In other news, PoP, I really like the URL. Good choice again.

  • OP Anon

    This is basically a license to mint money. I’ve been saying “where’s the real K-BBQ in DC?!?!?” since the day I moved here. I bet this ends up in Dupont, Chinatown, or some other “established” area of DC. HP has deep pockets and probably won’t experiment with a location on H St or any of the other gentrifying neighborhoods.

  • ChenChen

    not a fan of HP compared to other choices but super cool that anything like this is coming to DC

    I wish a Ding Tai Fung would open here…I think it would do so well.

    • FridayGirl

      OMG Din Tai Fung is my favorite place ever. I would be in heaven if it ever came to DC.

  • Andrew Sivula

    Since taste of jamacia and the state farm insurance got chased out due to rising rents there is a perfect corner location for them at 6th and h & it’s only a 10 minute walk from union station

  • Ria Riesner

    Ron10thStNW

  • ECfromDC

    SO MUCH yesssss!

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