One of the more famous all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurants in “Atlanta” (Duluth actually) is the ever-popular restaurant Iron Age. A visit at any time of day is bustling, but especially during dinner hours and all the way up to 2am. Yes, if at 1am you get a hankering for endless amounts of beef brisket or pork belly, Iron Age is open and waiting! That being said, you will find the ambiance to be loud, crowded, and a bit chaotic. But I suppose it’s all a part of the Iron Age fun.
I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite Korean BBQ joint (I much prefer 678), but I will say it’s an interesting experience and fun to come with a big group of friends – Just be warned you won’t be seated until most of your party is there.
For $16 you can have an endless stream of beef brisket “Chadol” and pork belly “Samgyupsal.” But for a mere $2 more, you can up that to unlimited amounts of 6 different types of meat including marinated chicken “Dak Joomulluk” and pork “Daeji Joomulluk.” As with all other AYCE Korean Bbbq joints, all members of your party must order the same option. (On a similar note, AYCE options are not valid for parties of one.) So come hungry and leave the vegetarians at home.
My beef (har har) with this particular establishment is the complimentary side dishes are limited and the soup they give you is not very good. Instead of the usual fermented soybean paste soup (the ultimate Korean comfort food) that most Korean restaurants serve, Iron Age had a bland, but spicy, radish soup. They do, however, offer rice cake wraps and pickled radish (daikon) wraps for your BBQ. I prefer to eat my barbecue with these wraps instead of rice. If you are one of those rice eaters, you will have to request rice separately, which is brought out at no additional charge.
Service can be spotty but I suppose I don’t blame those guys (they’re usually always guys) for being distracted. On top of loud music videos playing on the projector, everyone is yelling at you or ringing their table bells for more refills on meat, salads, sauces, and rice wraps. And just when they think you’re full off BBQ and can take no more, you want your complimentary fried rice that they have to make for you at your table. On our most recent venture to Iron Age, our waiter was particularly cute since he didn’t speak much English and instead made gestures as to what type of animal we were being served. His “pig” gesture looked suspiciously like a rabbit much to our amusement. We tipped him well.
2131 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, Georgia 30096