Linus’ BBQ and Chicken (Seoul, South Korea)

For most of us here in Seoul, there is no short supply of BBQ….I mean Korean BBQ restaurants are on every corner. But if we’re talking tasty American BBQ that’s a totally different story.  Luckily Linus’ Bama Style Barbecue offers delicious Bama style BBQ to fill our hungry tummies and now there’s a second location to enjoy!

Linus in Itaewon is well known and has already received many an accolades from near and far and from locals and foreigners alike. 

Linus’ Bama Style Barbecue
37-5 Yongsandong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (용산구 용산동2가 37-5)
Phone: 02-790-2920
Hours of Operation: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Bottom line up front, the food is consistently good and the atmosphere is nice and casual.

I will quickly go over the dishes I’ve already tried at the Itaewon location before I get into the real reason I’m writing this post, to introduce their newest location, Linus’ BBQ AAAAnd Chicken in HBC!

So first off, let’s talk about the first time we went to Linus about 2.5 years ago.  We popped in and I was in the mood for ribs.  Well in addition to the baby back ribs on the menu, they had a beef rib special.  I like beef, I like ribs, so I decided sure lets do it!  Well this is what came out….

Yes one singular rib, a HUGE singular beef rib.  Although this was tasty and smoked perfectly it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for, but luckily we had ordered a bunch of what turned out to be super tasty sides; Bacon Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Balls, Mac and Cheese, Fried Okra, and Onion Rings.  Honestly. my favorite are the Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Balls, they are really creamy inside and perfectly crunchy outside and served with a  side of marinara sauce.  Really delish.

After that first visit, we have been back many a times and have tried the pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs and more and we always have a great meal.

So on to the new location that I mentioned, aka Linus’ BBQ AAAAnd Chicken which has been officially open for about 2 weeks.

Linus’ BBQ AAAAnd Chicken
37-5 Yongsandong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (용산구 용산동2가 37-5)
Phone: 02-790-2930
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM

The restaurant is located in HBC (Haebangchon) a little bit further down the road than most people walk when they go to HBC (it’s past Casablanca, Al Motto and S’take, but before Olde Knives), but the new location still has a nice vibe and the same great music selection.

The first floor of the restaurant is a bar area and the main dining room is upstairs.

The menu has almost all of the same favorites as the Itaewon location, but the platters all include the Smoked Chicken, which is the main attraction here at this location.

We tried out the Smoked Chicken and Brisket for Two, here it is!

The chicken has a great smokey flavor and was soft and juicy, not stringy or dry.  The chicken was also served with a white sauce, not the usual white sauce that you get in Alabama (I’m told), but it was thick, creamy and really tasty.  I really liked it with my fries, yum!  Just a quick note, when we cut into the chicken there was a little pinkish color near the joints.  You may be freaked out by the pinkish color, but don’t be alarmed, as long as the chicken is cooked to temperature then it is good to go. Linus assured us that every chicken has it’s internal temperature taken in 2 different places to make sure it’s cooked all the way through.

The brisket and sides were as delicious as always.

After our meal we were discussing about the white sauce and Linus himself came by.  He was super friendly and I was surprised that he didn’t have any hint of a ‘bama accent…LOL.

The new location is a great addition to HBC and a welcome addition to lovers of good ‘ole American BBQ.  While the new location has many of the same favorites as the original location, the word hasn’t quite gotten out yet.  So it is a great little gem with no lines!  I was a bit hesitant to post, because if more people know, more will go!  But Linus serves a great product and I fully support the lines if it means I’ll have a second location to enjoy his BBQ!


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