Meokja Meokja, FB, 9619 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA, 571-459-2875, the sign is not very visible, look for the 7-11. Dinner only, and Sunday lunch. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | Reddit | NoVA Mag | Ylp]
The best Korean barbecue by an order of magnitude, and at this point maybe this is in fact the only place worth going to? The catch is that the crowd and lines are crazy, and they take reservations for large parties only. So show up Sunday 11:45 am, or just before 5 on a weekday evening. The thick-sliced pork belly is a specialty here, and it is very good. In general the menu is focused rather than comprehensive, but that is a good thing. Definitely recommended, across the board, the only catch here is getting in.
What makes it so much better than, for example, Kogiya?
It’s hard for anything to beat So for me, only because hog jowl is one of my favorite meats, and few of the Korean barbecue places around here other than So in Centreville have it.