As an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article pointed out a couple of weeks ago, kimchee has become insanely popular. Not only do chefs fancy the assertive flavor of this fermented cabbage, but diners no longer balk as they once did at its chile and garlic, its undercurrent of fish sauce, and its fizzy suggestion of spoilage.
Korean food has taken its first steps into mainstream acceptance, and that means Atlantans of every stripe have begun looking with newfound interest at the hundreds of Korean restaurants throughout our metro area.
This creates a real dilemma for me when readers ask where to go. I want to send everyone to Duluth to revel in the sudden profusion of grand, beautifully decorated Korean restaurants that have turned this Gwinnett suburb into a dining mecca. But people don’t want to go to Duluth unless they live nearby.
“Ten minutes from 285!” I protest to no avail.