roadem bbq / kearny mesa


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

16 Responses

  1. leanne says:

    Whoa – that is the cheapest I’ve ever seen for AYCE korean bbq lunch!

    Did they give you any dipping sauces for your meats? Usually you get something like a sweet soy sauce and salt+sesame oil for dipping. The pork belly is usually not marinated, which is why dipping sauces help. Or you could wrap it around some kimchi (unless you don’t like cabbage and stuff).

    Have you been to Jeong Won? It’s in the same shopping center as China Max and Infinitea. I like them because you go up to get your own meats, which means you can get ONE piece of squid or beef tongue or whatever weird thing you think you might want to try without getting stuck with a whole plate of it. And you pick out your own banchan and pickles. Plus, they have, like, 12 different sauces you can try. But I think it’s somewhere around $25 and I’m not sure they have a cheaper lunch price.

    • mary says:

      Hi Leanne – They gave us one sauce – I believe it was a sweet soy sauce – but that was it. I have been to Jeong Won – that was my very first AYCE Korean BBQ! I liked that place because of the multitude of sauces and that you can pick what you want. This was my first time where we had a server bring us the meats (I’m guessing that’s the norm, haha). I know it cost more than Roadem, but man, for $11.99 it’s cheap and pretty good. Maybe not the greatest, but the price point is quite nice.

  2. I hate when they do the AYCE but then charge for what you don’t eat even though I completely am for it in terms of food waste and all that. Once at a Japanese AYCE place we went to me and my sisters completely over ordered so we just hid the extra food underneath all the edamame shells O_O

    I still need to try Manna as well. Everyone raves about it but I feel like I have to be starving to go and get my moneys worth!

    P.S. ‘Egg jaccuzzi’ is the best.

    • mary says:

      Hi J.S. – Hahah, I’m imagining you guys hiding the food and it makes me giggle. I have Jake with me to “bat clean up” and he’ll totally eat whatever leftovers we have to make sure we don’t get charged. I don’t know how much Manna costs but I’m quite curious to try it out. Egg Jacuzzis for the win! 🙂

  3. Lynn says:

    I was eyeing this place when I stopped by It’s Boba Time… the prices are quite cheap even for dinner but I wonder if you’ll get charged for not eating stuff that tasted bad.. i don’t like wasting food but if it tastes awful, then what do you do?

    • mary says:

      Hi Lynn – The squid was pretty bad… I ended up not eating it and they didn’t charge us. Maybe just ask for a little bit of everything to try it out first! I almost went to It’s Boba Time but I was too full! I couldn’t fit anything else into my stomach.

  4. Jinxi says:

    Ooh S and I have been wanting to try this for a long time! We are now obsessed with KBBQ haha. The price point of Roadem is the most attractive part for me right now – both lunch and dinner are way cheaper than the other competitors!

    • mary says:

      Hi Jinxi – I have only been to one other KBBQ place so I don’t know how it stacks up to the pricier places yet (hoping to visit another one sometime) but I thought it was pretty good! And heck, the price is really good so I didn’t feel I could complain too much about anything (except for the squid, haha).

  5. Kimberlee says:

    LOL, egg jacuzzi. I love your descriptive details.

  6. Faye says:

    I used to come here when it was called like Seoul BBQ or something? I also heart AYCE but I heard the cheapest option here wasn’t all that great. But your posts seems positive (well, at least I feel I can get my $11.99 worth right) so I’ll try to visit this place soon. I still think Jeong is the best even though it’s pricey. But the sauces – can’t eat that pork belly without some sort of sauce IMO. I like how they give you the egg jacuzzi ! Jeong doesn’t do that so this place has that over JW. How was the service on your visit?

    • mary says:

      I wish they had more sauces here – I didn’t like the one sauce they had for the pork belly, but it tasted fine with the other meats. Can’t a girl get a least two sauces? I guess not. But for $11.99… I mean…. that’s a hella good price. Maybe I’m not picky enough yet about KBBQ! But I did like the sauce options better at Jeong.

      The service was okay. Had to flag the waitress down a couple of times since she didn’t want to always come to our table. But we had S with us so we’d just send him off to go get her. OH I forgot to mention this in my post… but when I got my change, they jipped me $4 bucks. I was irritated by that and so I didn’t leave a tip because I figured they took out their own tip. Jake asked if he should say something but I didn’t want to deal with it. So… on that note…. that part sucked, too. Make sure to count your change when you get it back!

  7. I really like the salt/sesame oil dipping sauce. they have it at Buga and also Jeong Won. We havne’t had AYCE KBBQ since last year for Bert’s bday. He’s trying to lay off on red meat though. Good price point, but i don’t like having to be vigilant about my leftovers. gosh, that makes me sound bad, haha.

    • mary says:

      I don’t remember which sauce I loved at Jeong Won, it might have been that one! AYCE KBBQ is kind of a treat, I wouldn’t want to go to all of the time since I get so stuffed after going! You feel like you have to “get your money’s worth”. I know they just have that leftover sign so you don’t go all super crazy and don’t eat all of your food! But it did make me a tiny bit frantic and worried, haha.

  8. Darren says:

    Taegukgi next to Zion is not bad. I’ve been there a few times and for their Tuesday special $13 AYCE, you can’t complain too much. But $11.99! Next time the craving comes on strong we’re there. Just read Taegukgi is raising their price to $14.99 on Tuesdays (normally $18.99 for lunch). I like Manna too but the wait sucks.

    • mary says:

      Hi Darren – Ohh… $13 special is pretty good, too! I have been there but didn’t get KBBQ, I just ordered something prepared. I still want to try Manna since I never have, but I’ll wait for it to open in Mira Mesa since that’s closer (and the parking will be easier, haha).

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