Although 88 Tofu House is hailed by many as the spot for soon dubu, Cho Dang Tofu's version of the Korean tofu stew served in a heated stone bowl is just as good, and its atmosphere much calmer. Communication with the staff can be a bit wooly at times, but do not fear -- the menu is simple as can be. Eleven of the 13 menu items are tofu stew. They vary only by their add-ins -- such as a velvety combination of oysters, shrimp and clams -- and by the level of spiciness you desire, ranging from the chili-free "white" to thermonuclear. Treat yourself to a free cappuccino or soft-serve ice cream from one of the machines stationed by the front door.
The Duluth location of Super H Mart (a Korean supermarket chain) has one amazing food court. But this dumpling shop--located next to the Mozart Bakery retail stand--is the absolute best place to dine. The stall sells an assortment of Korean dumplings filled with shrimp, pork and vegetables or pork and kimchee. You can even grab a couple of orders to go in the still-warm pre-wrapped packages.
Café Todahmgol is, in fact, a tavern of sorts, which is why smoking is permitted. People of all ages come here to eat, but mostly drink and shrug off the shackles of the workweek. Most of the restaurant's seating is in private cubbies where you can lean back without a care and do whatever you wish — be it get blindingly drunk (you won't be the only one) or eat much more than you should. The barbecue is cooked on a sloping iron griddle that's perched — sometimes precariously — on an electric burner. The all-you-can-eat deal comes with slabs of quality pork belly and chunks of beef you have to be careful not to overcook or they'll be rendered tough.
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