One thing that Greenville offers that you don't see as often in other towns is the variety of international cuisine. Upstate South Carolina actually has the highest international investment per capita in the United States. And with all of that international investment, Greenville now offers cuisines from all over the world.
A few of my favorites are Me Kong (Vietnamese), Sacha's (Colombian), Pita House (Mediterranean) and now Tasty Korean BBQ has been added to the list. This is a place we've driven by numerous times, and if you live in Greenville, you probably have too. The restaurant is connected to a gas station, which I know sounds kind of unsanitary, but I was actually shocked at how nice and clean it was inside.
I heard that their lunch specials were great, so T and I decided to try it out on a Saturday afternoon. I'm a sucker for a bento box. There's just something about it that makes me order one at every opportunity. The way each part of your meal is separated in its own tiny compartment, I just love it. Their boxes are very reasonably priced at lunch, ranging from $8.00 to $11.00 and they come with plenty of food to fill you up.
T ordered the BBQ chicken which was pretty good, but my Dweji-Bulgogi (grilled pork in spicy Korean sauce) stole the show. The boxes also came with a salad, sticky rice, a noodle dish called japchae, and two half moon shaped fried dumplings- think Korean empanadas. The food tasted so fresh and flavorful. The pork was absolutely amazing, and I could eat an entire bowl of those noodles. After doing some research, we found out that japchae is made from sweet potato noodles stir fried with sesame oil and veggies. Never had a sweet potato noodle before, but I don't think those will be my last!
Rather than sticking with waters, we decided to order a few Korean beers to wash everything down. Wise choice on our parts, the beer went along perfectly with our meals.
Tasty Korean BBQ is located at 1170 Woodruff Road, right behind the Red Robin gas station. Their dinner menu prices are okay, but their lunch special is the best deal.