The Seoul of the South
Recently, the resurgence in the popularity of offal (a Korean dish) among Korean diners has resulted in several new spots for the unique and tasty offerings. Approximately two weeks ago, Duluth welcomed The Gop, a new and welcome addition to this growing foodie trend.
As the name implies, The Gop specializes in gop chang, a marinated small intestine dish that is grilled perfectly to crispiness, and then enjoyed with a variety of sides that include egg custard, homemade pickles, and kimchi. Other popular menu items include other offal dishes as well as spicy chicken for those who may be feeling less adventurous.
The spot is in the former Yet Tuh Duluth location, and the interior boasts a clean, modern look with private booths for all customers to enjoy their meal. The owner and staff were super busy as the place was packed, but they were very helpful and friendly throughout our meal, answering any questions we had about the food. The space is well laid out, and we were able to enjoy our meal without feeling cramped in our booths compared to other restaurants in the area.
If you and your party are interested in trying something new, this is a great place for family and group gatherings too. Reservations for large parties is necessary, but the Gop and its staff are happy to accommodate your needs.
Not everyone enjoys nose to hoof dining, but in the world of serious foodies, the offal trend is definitely growing. It is definitely not for the beginner, but there are other food options including a very tasty kimchi fried rice available for those with simpler palates. If you are feeling like trying something new though, I highly recommend the modum platter, which features a mixtures of offal and vegetables to be grilled table-side.
The Gop is open until 2:00 AM so whether you are looking for a nice dinner or a late night snack, be sure to stop by and check it out!