As if the service was not enough, many places will provide you with free food or drink of some sort. One example of this is at bars, where not only will you receive typical bar fare like nuts and crackers, but some drinking joints will go a bit farther. My favorite Daejeon dive bar Jiny’s provides you with nachos and cheese, as well as a weird Korean version of pasta salad. Is it the definition of gourmet cuisine? Absolutely not but it certainly is something delicious to line your belly to help soften the effects of that alcohol.
Also Tudari, a watering hole I frequent quite often (probably too often), without fail will provide us with a delicious egg dish (pictured below) served in a scalding hot pot.
If you are looking for a classier dose of “service” head to one of the pricier self serve beer places. By self-service I mean they have fridges filled with imported and domestic beers, which you can retrieve at your own leisure, and just have it added to your tab. The one near our apartment will spoil you with fruit plates, which is pretty awesome considering the sometimes exorbitant price of fruit in this country. Honestly if I think about it, the owners are still making quite the tasty profit considering how much we are paying for beers, but eh I’m an English teacher not a finance major so I will choose to ignore that fact.
Patrick Sheridan grew up in the quiet suburbs outside of Boston but always knew he wanted to explore the world. Studying abroad in Denmark while attending Elon University did not satisfy this desire, so after graduating in 2012 he decided to join Chungdahm Learning and teach English in South Korea. He loves wandering through the various neighborhoods of his city Daejeon, sampling random back-alley restaurants and attempting to communicate with the locals in his horribly broken Korean. He embraces everything Korean and looks forward to seeing everything South Korea has to offer.