Just a few months ago Flower Pig in Garden Grove was a last-resort Korean barbecue spot for people craving an endless meat feast on a budget. Although the meats lacked palatability, the AYCE option for $9.99 felt like a bargain. Where else in Garden Grove were you going to find that good of a KBBQ deal? In addition to the less-than-spectacular food, the service was crummy and the restaurant was often empty. Even when you visited, you found yourself questioning why you still gave this place a shot.
Not anymore. Flower Pig has completely revamped itself thanks to new management. The new owner initially gained success through the Red Palace, a popular $10 all-you-can-eat KBBQ restaurant in Cerritos. Red Palace's menu and the free drink with a Yelp check in deal are now also found at Flower Pig.
Higher-quality meat is the most notable improvement, which makes the price-to-performance ratio actually pleasing now. Flower Pig's menu offers $9.99, $13.99 and $17.99 per person, all-you-can-eat feasts— higher price points have more variety of meats to choose from. The beef bulgogi, beef brisket and pork belly (picture below) were savory and available under the $9.99 price point.
The platters of juicy meat are also served with side dishes of white rice, rice paper, potato salad, tofu, bean sprouts, broccoli salad and kimchi.
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Inside, the restaurant has a lively ambience. K-Pop music videos are on repeat on every big-screen T.V. Servers rush from table to table serving up slices of raw meat, each one with a smile on their face. The owner, a friendly middle-aged Korean woman, visits every single table to ask if everything is okay. There was a full house on a Tuesday night, and the line to get in went out the door. What use to be an afterthought is now Garden Grove's It spot for AYCE KBBQ—A-OK!
Flower Pig, 8303 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 636-9292