Do-it-yourself Korean BBQ Sizzles at Gogi Yogi

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Edin Alvarez is the general manager at Shaw’s Gogi Yogi. Photo Courtesy Gogi Yogi.

The sizzle of piping hot grill tops mix with chatting and laughter at Gogi Yogi at 1921 Eighth St. NW, Suite 115. Here diners are the chefs, cooking dishes shared with friends at their table.

Owner Daniel Kramer, the creative behind the local Duke’s restaurants, is well known for his unique take on English fare and creative libations. Kramer grew up in Los Angeles, enjoying Korean cuisine. In 2019, he brought tabletop Korean grilling to Shaw.

General Manager Edin Alvarez has been with Kramer’s restaurants for many years. Gogi brings, he believes, something totally different to Shaw, complementing its abundant nightlife. “When people find out that we’re here, they get so happy,” Alvarez said. “There are a lot of bars around here, but this type of sit-down restaurant, it’s pretty unique.”

The tabletop grills features all-you can-eat chicken, beef, pork and vegetable options. They are accompanied by a multitude of Korean-inspired à la carte dishes, including soups, bibimbap, wings and tacos. The restaurant also offers brunch, serving Korean BBQ steak and eggs and Korean fried chicken and waffles in the weekend afternoon hours.

Diners should not ignore Gogi’s acclaimed beverage program, which features soju, a distilled Korean spirit. Nondrinkers are also accommodated by the nonalcoholic drinks on the menu. “We created these zero proof drinks for guests who don’t want to or can’t drink alcohol, but also still want to participate in their group and feel integrated with everyone,” Alvarez added.

Gogi Yogi is open Mondays through Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m., Fridays, 4 to 11:30 p.m., Saturdays, 12 to 11:30 p.m. and Sundays, 12 to 10 p.m. Weekday happy hours, all you can eat options and takeout and delivery are also available. Visit gogiyogi.com to learn more.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.