Today’s Takeout Pick: Korea House
Today’s Takeout Pick: Korea House

Much of the restaurant industry has had to rapidly change its business model due to COVID-19, and we’re highlighting the Nashville places that are attempting to stay open. Each day we will give you a critic’s pick for a restaurant and a dish, as well as a running list of restaurants still open that you can support. Today: Korea House.

Making the pivot from traditional dine-in service to a carryout/delivery model isn’t as easy as you might imagine. You need to develop a secure online ordering system, ideally with secure, contactless payment options. You have to make sure there’s a clear menu offering online to make it simple for patrons to choose what they want. You should have a robust social media presence to drive traffic to your ordering pages and to alert potential customers of any daily specials to encourage impulse purchases.

But let’s face it — Korea House doesn’t have any of these. The neighborhood favorite at 6410 Charlotte Pike is decidedly old-school, depending on their outstanding Korean cuisine and warm hospitality to keep their loyalists faithful. Even with language barriers (much of the staff doesn't speak much English), I’ve never felt less than completely welcome eating in their cozy dining room — and the fact that there are usually many native Korean speakers dining at nearby tables is comforting and makes it easier to order by just pointing at somebody else’s meal.

You may notice that there isn’t the usual hyperlink attached to Korea House’s name in the previous paragraph. That’s because they don’t have a website, much less online ordering or any semblance of social media presence. (Someone has taken the initiative to post photos of their menu on the Zmenu.com website, so that’s helpful.) 

So I’ll admit that I had forgotten about Korea House as a carryout option until I was reminded about it by a friend, Matt Leff of Rhizome Productions. He’s a regular guest at the restaurant, so I relied on him to do the scouting work for me on this one. (All photos were provided by his fellow diner Matt Segal, btw.) They don’t necessarily make it easy to order, but taking the time to find and peruse the menu and call in your order (615-352-2790) pays off big time!

Here is Leff’s recount of his power order:

Tteokbokki - spicy stir-fried rice cakes with vegetables ($11.99)

Dweji bulgogi -Korean BBQ Pork ($14.99)

Bibim Naemyung-Spicy cold buckwheat noodles with cucumber, pear, and boiled egg ($12.99)

 Not pictured but highly recommended: Kimchi Pancake (Secret Menu Item), Seafood Pancake, Goodmandu (Dumplings), Bibimbap with Tofu (Beef also offered), and Soonduboo Chigae (Spicy Seafood Soup).”

One of the examples of hospitality that traditionally accompanies a Korean meal is the selection of complimentary snacks set out before your order even arrives at the table. These lagniappes are referred to as banchan, and Korea House never skimps on the freebies, even including them with every carryout order. Leff said he received the following bounty of goodness: “Kimchi, pickled cucumber, kimchi radish (two ways), fish cake, omelet, soy potato and seasoned soy sprouts.” 

Leff offered a few other power-user tips for ordering carryout from Korea House, noting: “All orders are plentiful, and leftovers are perfect. Next day take your leftover rice, kimchi, and gochujang (fermented Korean red pepper paste) and make some amazing fried rice! Call ahead to place an order, usually takes about 20 minutes to be ready, and pro tip — pack a cooler (no ice) to keep your food piping hot!”

It’s great to see a small local business keep paddling through these turbulent COVID-laden waters, even without the benefit of much technology. Hopefully, we’ve removed some of the barriers to help you navigate the ordering difficulties — continue to support the good people of Korea House!

#CarryOutandCarryOn!


Below is a list of Nashville restaurants (with links) remaining open for takeout and delivery during the COVID-19 shutdown. While some may have had existing relationships with delivery providers, most of this list are offering the service for the first time. Most offer curbside pickup, but check when you order. As this list is a moving target, please leave any changes, suggestions or omissions in the comments.

Places with takeout or delivery as of Thursday, May 28

12South Taproom (Postmates)

312 Pizza Co. (Grubhub)

400 Degrees

5th & Taylor

51st Deli (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)

51st North Taproom (11am-8pm, Thursday-Sunday)

8th & Roast

Adele’s/The 404 Kitchen (Friday-Sunday)

Amerigo

Answer 

Arnold’s Country Kitchen (Most delivery services)

Athens Family Restaurant

Attaboy at Lakeside Lounge

Bar-B-Cutie

Barcelona Wine Bar

Barista Parlor (Postmates)

Bartaco

Big Al’s Deli

Big Bad Breakfast (DoorDash, Uber Eats)

Biscuit Kitchen by Loveless Cafe

Biscuit Love

Black Dynasty via Bar Sovereign

Black Rabbit

Blue Coast Burrito

The Bluebird Cafe (Grubhub)

BokBox

Bolton’s

BoomBozz West (DoorDash)

Burger Joint (Uber Eats, Grubhub)

Burger Up 12South

Butchertown Hall

Cafe at Thistle Farms

Caffé Nonna (Uber Eats, Postmates)

Cafe Roze

Capitol Grille

Carniceria y Taqueria Don Juan

Central BBQ (DoorDash, Postmates)

Chicken Salad Chick

Cinco de Mayo (9 locations)

Chago’s Cantina

Char (Postmates)

The Chef & I

Chef’s Market

Chile Burrito

Cilantro Mexican Grill (Eighth Avenue location)

City House

City Winery (Grubhub, Uber Eats)

Cole’s Kitchen

Corner Market Catering

Corner Pub (DoorDash)

D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe

Daddy’s Dogs

Dalt’s Grill

Darfon’s

Del Frisco’s Grille

DeSano Pizza Bakery

Diskin Cider

Donut + Dog

Double Dogs (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)

Dozen 

Earnest Bar & Hideaway

East Nashville Beer Works

Eastern Peak (Uber Eats, Grubhub)

Edley’s

Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill

Emmy Squared

Epice

Etch

Etc.

Far East (Postmates)

The Farm House

Farm Burger (DoorDash)

Fat Bottom Brewing

Fat Kat Slim’s (Uber Eats, Grubhub)

Fattoush Cafe

Fido (ChowNow)

Five Points Pizza (Postmates)

Flavor Catering

Fleet Street Pub

The Food Co.

Folk (Postmates)

Fox’s Donut Den

Frothy Monkey (Postmates, Uber Eats)

Gambling Stick

Gray & Dudley

Germantown Pub

Gino’s East

GReKo Greek Street Food

Green Chile (Friday-Sunday)

Green Hills Grille

The Grilled Cheeserie

Hathorne

Hattie B’s (Uber Eats)

Helen’s Hot Chicken

Henley

HoneyFire Barbeque Co. (Grubhub, DoorDash)

Hugh Baby’s (DoorDash)

Hunters Station (The Grilled Cheeserie, Vui’s Kitchen, Hugh Baby’s, Tacos Aurora, Citizen Kitchen)

J. Alexander’s Redlands Grill

J. Christopher’s

Jack’s Bar-B-Q (Trinity Lane location only)

Jamaicaway (DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates)

Jim ‘N Nick’s

Jonathan's (Grubhub)

Josephine (Postmates)

Joyland

Kalamatas

Kay Bob’s

Kien Giang

King Market

Korea House

Lakeside Lounge

Las Palmas (DoorDash)

Lemongrass Sushi & Thai

Lockeland Table

Long Hollow Pizza & Pub

Loveless Cafe

Love, Peace and Pho

Lucky Bamboo

Mane & Rye

Mangia Nashville

Margot Café & Bar

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Maru Sushi & Grill

Mas Tacos

McCabe Pub

Midnight Oil

Miel

Miss Saigon (All delivery services)

Mitchell Deli

Mixed Grill Cafe

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (Postmates)

Monell’s

Mother’s Ruin

Moto (Uber Eats)

Nada

Nations Bar & Grill

Nicky’s Coal Fired (Postmates)

Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen

North Italia (DoorDash)

Nectar Urban Cantina (Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates)

Nomzilla! Sushi Et Cetera (Uber Eats, Postmates)

Noshville

Oak Steakhouse

O-Ku Sushi 

Old Glory

The Old School

Otaku Ramen

Otaku To Go

Pancho & Lefty’s (Uber Eats, DoorDash)

Park Cafe

The Party Line (Julia Sullivan’s catering service through Strategic Hospitality)

Party Fowl (Uber Eats)

Pastaria

PDK Southern Kitchen and Pantry

Peg Leg Porker

The Pharmacy Burger

Phat Bites

The Picnic Cafe

Pinewood Social (Postmates, Grubhub, Uber Eats)

Pizza Perfect

Pork Belly Cafe (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)

Portland Brew

Prince’s Hot Chicken (Nolensville Road)

Red Bicycle (Postmates)

Redheaded Stranger

Red Perch Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Red Phone Booth (DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates)

Riddim N Spice (Postmates,DoorDash)

Rise Biscuits

Rolf and Daughters (Postmates)

Rosemary & Beauty Queen (Postmates, Uber Eats)

Rosepepper Cantina (Postmates)

Rosie’s Twin Kegs

Saint Anejo (Uber Eats)

Sam & Zoe’s

Sambuca

Sam’s Place 

San Antonio Taco Co. (DoorDash)

Santo

Scout’s Pub

Shalimar (Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash, Grubhub, Bite Squad)

Sinema

Sitar

The Slider House

Slim & Husky’s (DoorDash)

Slow Burn

Smokin’ Thighs

Sonobana

The Southern Steak & Oyster

Southside Grill (DoorDash)

Soy Bistro

Sperry’s

Stoney River Steakhouse

Stateside Kitchen

Stay Golden

STK Steakhouse

Subculture Urban Cuisine & Cafe (Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates)

Sunflower Cafe

Sushi Circle

Superica

Sweet 16th (Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Tacos y Mariscos Lindo Mexico

Taco Mama

Taj (Uber Eats)

TailGate Brewery (Postmates)

Tavern at Bobby

Taziki's (Postmates, Grubhub)

Tennessee Brew Works

TennFold (Grubhub, Postmates)

Thai Esane

Tinwings

TKO (Postmates)

Tower Market and Deli (Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash, Bite Squad)

Trattoria Il Mulino

Treehouse

Twilight Tavern

Two Ten Jack

Urban Cookhouse

Urban Grub

Urban Juicer

Union Teller (Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub)

Valentino’s

Village Pub & Beer Garden

Virago (Uber Eats)

Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen 

VN Pho & Deli

Vui’s Kitchen

Walden (Postmates)

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer

The Wild Cow (Postmates, DoorDash and Chow Now)

Woodlands

The Yellow Porch

’Za Wood Fired Pizza (Grubhub)

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