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Tasteful: Howard County's best restaurants of 2018

Profiles by Kit Waskom Pollard | For Howard Magazine


With exciting new restaurants popping up on a regular basis and long-standing favorites continuing to shine, there’s never been a better time to be a food lover in Howard County. More than 2,000 people voted in Howard Magazine’s Best Restaurants readers’ poll, selecting their favorites in 45 categories. In the pages that follow, we present the eateries that earned top votes, and we share a little about what makes some of the county’s best spots oh-so-special.


Editor’s note: Winners and honorable mentions were determined by popular vote. Readers were invited to vote online in June and July.


Best Korean:
Honey Pig Korean BBQ
10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City | 410-696-2426 |


In recent years, Howard County’s Korean food scene has gained national fame. A trip to the Ellicott City location of Honey Pig BBQ, the local outpost representing the small chain of restaurants owned by Micky Kim, makes it easy to understand why.


“A Korean meal is an experience,” says Honey Pig’s marketing director Hanna Kuark. Meals start with banchan, or small dishes, like kimchi and tofu, designed to whet the appetite. Main courses are grilled by diners, at the table. It’s a fun, interactive way to dine that’s inspired by Korean family meal traditions.


Honey Pig’s most popular dishes include beef bulgogi, beef kalbi and spicy pork belly. “We are focused on making the best possible sauces, and it’s something we work on constantly,” says Kuark. “We work hard to create the environment and taste of what a Korean meal would be like in Seoul.”


She suggests that Honey Pig first-timers let the staff know they’re new to the restaurant; they’ll create a tasting menu as an introduction to the flavors of Korea.