roadem bbq / kearny mesa
Jake is actually the one who discovered this place and tried it before me – an all you can eat Korean BBQ spot over off Convoy called Roadem BBQ. He’s visited a few times and I suggested we go one recent Saturday for lunch. Korean BBQ sounded like a mighty fine idea to me.
For lunch they have three different priced menus.
Menu A is only $11.99 (click to enlarge).
Menu B is $15.99. You get two extra beefy items with this one (the baby back ribs and marinated beef).
Menu C is the high rollers menu at $19.99 with even more beefy items plus shrimp and octopus.
We were low rollin’ it that day with Jake, S and myself in tow for lunch. Before we came over here, I asked S, “Do you like meat?” thinking this was a pretty simple question. He said, “I don’t know!” which baffled me. I asked him if he had suddenly become a vegetarian and he said that “sometimes he likes meat and sometimes he doesn’t”. Obviously this poor child was overthinking it and considering if perhaps we were trying to trick him into eating liver and beef tongue or something.
We started out with some of the thinly sliced brisket which our waitress dumped onto the grill for us.
Here’s our whole little setup. We started out with the thin beef, plus pork belly, and chicken.
Pork bellllllllly! Doesn’t it look A LOT like bacon here? Bacon is basically made from pork belly so that’s quite understandable. These pork belly slices are maybe a bit on the thin side, if you press me for more information. They could use a bit of seasoning as well.
The marinated chicken was quite tasty and was our other “starter” meat.
You also get a bunch of little dishes of banchan.
Daikon, which I didn’t try because I don’t really care for daikon.
Something that looked like kimchee, but wasn’t quite kimchee.
And then actual kimchee (sorry, I don’t like this either. I can barely stand cabbage as it is).
Some Korean pancakes which were cold but had lots of nice veggies in it and a nice outer grill (yummies).
Potato salad! It was quite creamy and a little bit sweet.
Seaweed salad that I kept thinking was green bean salad for some reason.
Sliced cold potato, which incidentally I also liked (though I liked the potato salad more).
Plus a hot and steamy egg that kind of looks like an egg jacuzzi to me right now.
I love the bowls they have for the rice and egg jacuzzi, er, steamed egg. The steamed egg was a little bit runny for my liking and didn’t taste like a whole lot to me.
I know, plates of raw meat and seafood seem kind gross… but oh well. This time I believe there is the sweet marinated pork and the spicy marinated pork. And squid!
I’m 100% certain we overcooked the squid because it tasted super rubbery and kind of fishy to me. I could barely chew it. I’ve never cooked squid on my own so too bad there wasn’t a recommendation on how long to cook it.
We got our grill nice and dirty with all of the meats we cooked. I believe on the bottom is the spicy pork (which was like, way too spicy for my poor little tastebuds).
We had one more plate (a small plate) after this – another round of brisket and more of the marinated sweet pork. We made sure to not overdo since if you don’t eat all that you order, you can get charged another $11 per person – yikes! I was a little worried about it since I didn’t really eat the squid, but they didn’t ding us for that (phew).
My favorite of the meats were the thin sliced brisket and probably the chicken. The pork belly isn’t seasoned or marinated so it’s kind of bland and the chili pork/chicken was a bit too much for me. I’d come back and just fill up on brisket though, haha. I wish they also had veggies for you to grill since I missed that a little bit, but I can’t complain too much since the price was pretty on point. Next time we come back here I’d like to bump up to Menu B and try some of those other beef dishes and the other marinated pork!
There’s a Manna BBQ set to open in Mira Mesa someday (there’s no coming soon sign but their Facebook page says sometime in September) so I’ll get to try that soon to compare to this one! S had a ton of fun grilling his own meat and being in charge of the tongs. I liked the reasonable price for all you can eat – this about the only kind of “all you can eat” joint I’d want to go to these days since I abhor buffets. Are there any other decent AYCE places I should check out? Let me know!
4344 Convoy St.
San Diego, CA 92111