5 Unique Spots for Ethnic Cuisines in Greater Phoenix
Jackie Mercandetti, Laura Hahnefeld, Lauren Saria
Thanks to food television and the Internet, becoming educated on the cuisines of other countries is easier than ever.
But often, finding the restaurants that specialize in them means employing techniques that have nothing to do with technology: talking to friends, driving around new neighborhoods, and taking a chance on that new little spot that just opened down the street.
Here are a few places of culturally different cuisines that are certainly cool on their own but offer up a little extra something to make the experience all the more unique.
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Late-Night Korean Eats at Café Ga Hyang
Before June 2011, the Valley's only place to score tasty, late-night Korean food was 360 miles away in Koreatown, the neighborhood in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles. But thanks to Nick Rocha and Sun Johnson, this welcoming west side restaurant in Glendale serves up scratch-made traditional Korean dishes until 2 a.m. every day but Sunday. After 10 p.m., the restaurant feels more like a Koreatown bar, where Ga Hyang's Korean regulars, along with the area's restaurant industry folk, come together for dishes like seafood pancakes, Korean fried chicken, and the refreshingly cold noodle dish naeng myun over cold bottles of Hite, Soju, and glasses of pomegranate wine. If the karaoke machine's been set up in the corner, additional entertainment is just a "My Way" away.
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