Jun 24, 2022 - Food and Drink

A Korean BBQ restaurant is finally coming to Des Moines

Galbi beef on a small, open flame burner.
A patron cuts portions of galbi beef into smaller pieces. Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.

It's finally happening — Des Moines is getting its own Korean BBQ restaurant.

Driving the news: DZÔ Korean BBQ is opening in August at 2611 Ingersoll Ave. in the same building as Sakari and the Yacht Club.

How it works: Patrons will order whatever meats they want and cook it themselves on grills in the center of their tables, Marc Huynh, the restaurant's office manager told Axios Des Moines.

  • There will be 16 tables but for people who want a more traditional meal, there's also a bar with 12 seats where you can order food and cocktails from.
  • Customers will pay per meat and can order combinations or à la carte as well.

The menu: You can order all of the marinated bulgogi and meats your heart desires. Expect short rib, ribeyes, bacon, brisket and wagyu on the weekends and holidays.

  • The bbq will also come with banchan — a traditional array of vegetable Korean side dishes.

Beyond the BBQ, the restaurant is also incorporating a "fusion" menu with other Asian dishes that haven't been finalized yet.

What they're saying: Huynh said he wanted to help start the restaurant after having to travel to big cities to get Korean BBQ.

  • "We've been talking about it for years and decided to pull the plug and bring the flavors to central Iowa," Huynh said.
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