Food & Chefs: Breaking Chews! Ari Korean Steakhouse

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Published by: David Danzig on Tuesday May 1st, 2018

David Danzig


Breaking Chews!  Ari Korean SteakhouseBreaking Chews!  Ari Korean Steakhouse

If there is one challenge an ITP (inside the I-285 Perimeter) guy like me has it’s getting out of my in-town comfort zone.  The suburbs are rocking and one prime example is out in John’s Creek where there is a stunning new restaurant that is bold, unique and simply spectacular.

Breaking Chews!  Ari Korean SteakhouseBreaking Chews!  Ari Korean Steakhouse

Ari Korean Steakhouse on Medlock Bridge Road is a surprisingly stylish restaurant centered around the great art of Korean barbecue.   This is where you actually cook the marinated meats and vegetables at your own table with a small gas grill built into the table itself.  Grab a booth and get cooking—thinly sliced beef brisket, pork belly, spicy squid and spicy chicken are just some of the meats that cook up beautifully along with a slew of small complimentary side dishes.   If you are adventurous there are traditional Korean items like beef tongue, pork jowl or cow intestine but most selections will work with the average palate.  If you have a really big appetite you can opt to all-you-can-eat meats--$18.99 for lunch and $35.00 for dinner.  Not feeling like barbecue?   Then chow down on ramen noodle dishes, savory Korean stews, stir-fry and even a few Korean versions of burgers.  The dishes are authentic Korean version but modern and beautiful.

Breaking Chews!  Ari Korean SteakhouseBreaking Chews!  Ari Korean Steakhouse

Also, there is an elegant bar area with craft cocktails, Korean cocktails made with Korean spirits as well as Korean raspberry and plum wines.  And if that isn’t enough, Ari also includes a fantastic little bakery called The Cakeshop which churns out Instagram-worth cakes, pastries and a rainbow of macarons.

I think a lot of people who might be intimidated by Korean barbecue out on Buford Highway will find Ari Korean Steakhouse welcoming and spectacular.  This is something that a guy like me who lives inside the perimeter feels nothing but jealousy for the John’s Creek folk and you can bet that I will be heading up PIB every chance I get.

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