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Photo by Troy Fields

Republic Diner + Sojubang

Photo by Troy Fields
Republic Diner + Sojubang is a glorious spot for casual, authentic Korean fare in the Heights. The flattop grills and stoves are located right behind the bar, so it’s possible to watch your meal being prepared while sipping one of the infused sojus or one of several craft beers. There are a few Korean and Japanese beers to choose from as well. Bibimbap, or rice topped with grilled beef, pickled vegetables and an egg, is served in searingly hot bowls — as is required to get a nice brown crust on the bottom of the rice. The wang galbi, or king’s ribs, is a wonderful, economical feast for two, with sliced short rib and an assortment of banchan, the small side dishes traditional with Korean meals. On busy nights, the place is packed with regulars, so visit Sundays through Wednesdays for a more sedate experience. Pet lovers take note: The patio is dog-friendly.

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