Sammy Chon’s Disappoints

The warning signs were right there in the opening banchan. Sammy Chon’s K-Town BBQ let down Brian Freedman in dish after dish.

[T]he characterless dolsot bibimbap, a bland congregation of vegetables, shredded beef and an egg that, even with a hefty application of gochujang chili paste, tasted like very little. Even the caramelized bits that leaned up against the bowl the longest were relatively devoid of personality.

Sammy Chon’s K-Town BBQ Is a Bust From Start to Finish [Philadelphia Weekly]
Sammy Chon’s K-Town BBQ [Official Site]

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  • Cheltenham Charlie

    People like to walk, bicycle or take public transit to dine, and that explains a lot of Chinatown slop. 5th Street in Olney might seem a little inconvenient but why would you go anywhere else for authentic Korean food?

  • Tex

    Everyone knows that the only reason to go to Sammy Chon’s is the koagies, and Freedman didn’t even mention them. Whatever.

  • Michael G

    If the koagies are the only reason to go there then i’ll never go there again. It was dry and bland. I’m just hoping Miga doesn’t close or they find another space in Center City when there building gets redevolped.

  • WagonsHo

    Boo! Does everything have to be gourmet? Been there twice and its not bad. Wish some things were a buck or two cheaper, but I would consider it a welcome addition to the ‘hood! Jong Ka Jib is better, but so what. It’s a half hour away.