When you like to cook as much as I do, dining out is a nice reprieve, but it can also sometimes be a monotonous and predictable experience.
I had no such notion of the latter during my visit to Breakers Korean BBQ in Sugar Land. It was not the first time I had tried Korean barbecue, but it was, according to my server, the first time I had tried an authentic purveyor of it.
One of the distinguishing features of Korean barbecue, according to the server who assisted me throughout my adventure at Breakers, is that you get to cook it yourself. This makes it ideal for a date night (if you are competent enough not to burn your food) or a group outing, where you can share different varieties of meat brought out at your request. The all-you-can-eat menu ranges from $19.99 to $29.99, and has three tiers that grant you access to more specialty marinated meats and side dishes.
You can certainly order from the a la carte menu, but the traditional method — with a grill built into the center of your table — is an excellent way to give yourself a comprehensive taste of Korea.
Using the grill is very straightforward, and your server will start it for you and even change out the grill plate if the surface has become charred with residue from a marinade. Most of the meats take between 2-3 minutes total to cook through and require consistent attention and flipping.
Pineapple and garlic pork belly? Teriyaki Chicken or Bulgogi (spicy marinated beef brisket) with rice? Whatever you order, you can find a flavorful partner for your protein of choice. Helpfully, several dishes are full of palate cleansers like potato salad and glass noodles. If you opt into any of the all-you-can-eat choices, you can expect Kimchi and other pickled or fermented vegetables and a tray of dipping sauces.
While it was not my first time trying any of the above dishes, near the end of my visit I was able to unlock a new favorite: Rib Fingers, a tender and juicy cut of boneless beef ribs, sliced into small strips.
Breakers Korean BBQ
Address: 16535 Southwest Fwy., Sugar Land
Dining Options: Dine-in, takeout, delivery via DoorDash, GrubHub and Uber Eats
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Entrée prices: $19.99-$29.99 (all you can eat)
Senior discount: No
Healthy options: None
Star of the show: Rib Fingers