The Fourth of July was unsurprisingly unheralded here in the peninsula. Still, I was determined to celebrate my country in some form, so I dragged the mostly willing Jong-in with me in a quest to find the best hamburger in Seoul. After a quick Google search, the location was revealed- according the the internet, the best burger in Seoul could be found at Brooklyn, The Burger Joint, in Seoraemaeul. We hopped on the subway and our journey began! All quests have obstacles, and ours was the intense heat and also the forty-five minute wait. But we (I) knew that no Fourth of July would be complete without a burger, so we weathered the heat and hunger induced crankiness. We were rewarded with these beauties:
Yes that is a vanilla milkshake with handmade whipped cream, and a cheese burger with cheese fries. Brooklyn, The Burger Joint lived up to the hype.
We decided to celebrate our successful quest with beers in Itaewon, the foreigner district of Seoul. We made a quick stop at Magpie’s for a pale ale:
Itaewon was lively, and there were a few Fourth of July celebrations going on- and by celebrations I mean two for one prices on beers.
We decided to hoof it across the district to Soultrain- a bar with a talented DJ who plays almost exclusively American R&B from the 70s and 80s.
It was a nice little hike.
As the only customers at Soultrain, we ordered Buds and requested Debarge and Mary J Blige and Otis Redding to the amusement of the wait staff. Overall, it was a well-spent Fourth of July.