It’s a rare occasion, but I went to Virginia.  I’m not against going to VA or MD, but it’s just that there’s so many excellent places in the DC-area.  And, it’s not the most convenient to try some of these places when you’re car-less.   I went to Heebeen with a friend who has a car — and loves Korean food.  She’s the same person who recommended Woo Lae Oak, so I knew she’d know what she was talking about.

  • Food: What I love about Korean restaurants is the banchan.  The second and third photos are of our half-eaten banchan and I will attempt to identify them.  In the second photo, top left it’s Sigeumchi-namul, then top right is Korean potato salad, then I don’t know what’s on the bottom left (but I didn’t like the gelatin texture but there was a good flavor), then on the bottom right is kimchi.  In the second photo, top left is Oi sobak-i and the bottom left is Miyeok-muchim.  In the last photo, that’s my bibim bap in a clay pot.  The reason I got the clay pot (thanks to my friend) is because the egg they put on the top, you mix it all together and then the egg keeps cooking creating an amazing rice and egg crust.  Oh God, so good. 

Heebeen Restaurant  Heebeen Banchan 1  Heebeen Banchan 2  Heebeen Bibim Bap

  • Service: I don’t think I drank the Diet Coke fast enough.  They were fantastic about the refills and very polite.
  • Atmosphere: While the restaurant is in a shopping mall and the exterior leaves something to be desired, inside it’s a HUGE restaurant.  In the middle is an enormous buffet that offers a sampling of everything. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: If I had a car, I’d eat here every weekend.  It’s inexpensive, healthy, and so good.  Plus, it’s filling — I didn’t eat dinner the night I ate here.  

Details:

  • Reservations accepted (though the place is 10,000 sq ft). 
  • Address: 6231 Little River Tnpk; Alexandria, VA 22312
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm ; Sat-Sun 12:00 pm -11:00 pm
  • Ph: 703-941-3737
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