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Review: Korean BBQ at Woo Chon Korea House, and other area Korean hits

My first review points to Woo Chon Korea House (402 Evans St., Williamsville), the only place in Western New York that I know of serving Korean barbecue. While I mentioned it's a favorite of my children, it's also known as one of the world's great drinking meals. If you get to huddle with buddies around a table, picking off meat with chopsticks while throwing back shots of soju, a clear 40-proof liquor, between bites, you may agree.

But there's more Korean around here worth checking out. Arirang (1416 Millersport Highway, Amherst) is the other full-service Korean restaurant, with an extensive menu of Korean stews, soups, noodle dishes, seafood and meat, in addition to Japanese dishes. Their barbecue dishes are mostly cooked in the kitchen and served on a hot iron platter, fajita-style.

Koreana (1010 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst) is dishing up soups, stews, and hearty homestyle dishes from warmers, but doesn't have a full kitchen. (The pork kalbi is my favorite.) Seoul Garden (2298 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda), offers great values in stir-fried dishes and stews. (Try the stir-fried pork with kimchi and tofu.)

Last, the best eats on the University at Buffalo's Amherst campus might be Korean Express, a little jam-packed room in the Commons area, not far from the Burger King. Buffalo Eats contributor Ann Marie Awad agrees, so that about settles it for me. (The pork katsu, a crispy cutlet, with kimchi fried rice and extra sweet-spicy gochujang sauce, is tough to beat.)

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