When the word "barbecue" comes to mind, most Americans think of lip-smacking Southern fare, drenched in sweet, spicy barbecue sauce. But thereís a different kind of barbecue out there: bulgogi, which is essentially Korean barbecue. And some of the best is at Misono Grill, a small stand in the Super 88 Marketís food court in Allston. Bulgogi comes in three different versions at Misono: marinated chicken or beef on top of rice, stir-fried with rice, or in a heavy black bowl.
Bulgogi is more complicated than any American barbecue could ever hope to be. And the rewards are great once you position your chopsticks inside a bowl of this multilayered dish. Shredded meat sprinkled with dried seaweed rests on a fried egg (50 cents extra), which in turn sits atop a cold mix of sliced cucumbers, daikon, and carrots. Bean sprouts and warm steamed white rice make their appearance at the bottom of the bowl. And for added kick, a small plastic cup of spicy sauce comes on the side.
Available for $6.95, $7.95, or $8.50 at Misono Grill, 1095 Comm Ave, in Allston. Call (617) 783-9188.