10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City eathoneypig.com or 410-696-2426 The staff at the Honey Pig Restaurant is more than patient with first-timers. Small bowls filled with at-first-unidentifiable sides are confusing until you start to sample the savory, sweet and spicy combo of flavors from chili-infused, honey-coated potatoes, cooked bean sprouts and kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage). Think of them as free appetizers. Don't be fooled by Honey Pig's car-garage-meets-grill look. You'll soon forget about the corrugated metal walls as soon as a boiling bowl of kimchi pork stew ($6.99) arrives. Spicy and addictive, it's a bold starter. Korean BBQ is the main attraction here, with each table having its own personal gas burner. Pork belly ($12.99) is cooked crispy on the outside while piles of marinated beef ribs ($17.99) grill next to a mound of kimchi, creating a scent that is out of this world. To wash down the spicy food, go for one of the Korean beers like Hite, Cass or O.B. Tip: Need late-night eats? Honey Pig is open 24 hours (except 2-10 a.m. Mondays).
John Houser III
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