Thursday, April 19, 2012
Honey Pig (Gooldaegee)
Annandale, VA 22003
I have this new app called Chef's Feed which shares recommendations of where to eat from local chefs. So, if you're in DC, you set your location and you click the Feed Me Now link on the app and you're directed to recommendations for places near you. I decided to try it since I was working late on this night and just wanted to grab a nice bite to eat on my way home (well, in the general direction of home). So, I pressed the magic button and was directed to Honey Pig by Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef fame.
Now, I've been to Korean Barbecue before. I'm especially fond of Gahm Mi Oak in NYC's Koreatown. They've always been straightforward affairs, plainly decorated and good, quality food. Honey Pig provided the good food I was looking for but the atmosphere and attitude were as different as can be. As you walk in, the first thing you notice is lots and lots of color and movement, mostly from the serving staff as they rush across the large dining space attending to what seems like all the tables at once. The design and decor of the place can best be described as a cross between an industrial skateboard park and a warehouse with some blowers and tables. There is a combination of dance and pop music (dinner to LMFAO is a new experience) blaring but you generally can't hear it because of the din of everything else. Honey Pig is open 24 hours and I can't imagine how chaotic it must be in the late hours when people have their late night drunken cravings.
I would like to back to try the other varieties of but I'm still not sure what kind of place I had just eaten dinner. It felt like a cross between a Korean barbecue joint and an underground rave. I'm not saying it was unappealing, in fact, it was a ton of fun. I'm just saying that I don't quite know what exactly I had just experienced.