Jin Korean BBQ, Houston’s newest spot for all-you-can-eat meats grilled right at the table, has officially made its debut near Chinatown.
The meaty new destination kicked open the doors to its first Houston outpost at 8338 West Sam Houston Parkway on Monday, and it’s already making an impression. Jin Korean Barbecue comes to Houston by way of North Texas, where it operates locations in Plano and Arlington. Those restaurants have been open since 2013 and 2015 respectively, and have earned solid four-star Yelp ratings in nearly a thousand combined reviews.
This location is the first for Jin’s planned expansion into Space City. Another location, set for North Houston, is expected to open in early 2018. The dining room at the new Houston spot is heavy on the industrial aesthetics (i.e. lots of exposed duct work) and features seating arrangements that offer a little privacy thanks to half-walls that glow with blue LED lighting.
As far as the food is concerned, diners can look forward to unlimited bulgogi, pork belly, brisket, tripe, and more Korean barbecue standbys. A selection of banchan like radish kimchi, Korean potato salad, and acorn jelly rounds out the offerings. The meat is technically unlimited, but ordering up extraneous uneaten portions could result in being charged $20 for wasting leftover food.
Jin Korean BBQ’s first Houston location is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10:30 p.m.