Jacoby’s Burger

Jacoby’s Burger gets press on every Best Burger in Seoul list I have read. It is mentioned in every conversation I’ve had with other expats about where to find a good burger in this city. I’ve seen it when wandering around the neighborhood but haven’t had the opportunity to stop in. Knowing it has a small seating area and a reputation for slow food service, it’s never been convenient. Last weekend however, we planned ahead. After enjoying the Yeouido cherry blossoms, we strategically ate a late lunch on our way to some shopping in Itaewon.

Located in Haebangchon, it’s just down the hill from Noksapyeoung station, at the far end of the main drag in Itaewon. Hang a left at the giant row of kimchi pots. It wasn’t slammed in the late afternoon. In fact, the servers had time to sit at the bar and eat curry and jjajangmyeon delivered from a local Korean restaurant.

Yeah, the food preparation takes a little bit, but it’s worth it. The burgers are delicious and presented beautifully. And, the red board hanging from the bar clearly states that each burger will take at least 30 minutes, as they are all prepared individually to the specifications of the customer…so take it easy internet complainers.

I went with the fresco burger and she went with the grilled chicken. Both were excellent. And the garlic fries brought back memories of both the Gordon Biersch version as well as the pungent potatoes you can’t miss at the ball park in San Francisco. It was the best burger I’ve had in Korea, but I still have a lot of acclaimed establishments yet to visit.

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~ by ripcitytoseoul on April 21, 2010.

2 Responses to “Jacoby’s Burger”

  1. Looks great, but how are the prices? My burger fetish and my budget constraint are locked in a constant battle here in Korea.

  2. I don’t remember exactly, I was treated… but I’m thinking in the 10,000 – 15,000 territory. It was delicious.

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