by Ashley Heil
...In addition to photos and because Michael was filming anyway I made a short video of our trip to Pizza Iconic. Enjoy!
Pizza Iconic makes some of the greatest pizza in Seoul. So great in fact, that the owner can afford to be closed on Saturdays. On Sundays, he opens at 4:00PM until he sells out and only does takeout. Despite this, customers line up before he opens and stretch to the main road. The owner makes each pizza himself and between pies, will walk the line to take the next orders. If he sells out while you're in line, it could be devastating.
The pizza is phenomenal and the owner is dedicated to making high-quality, mouth-watering pies. After our wait, we sat at the nearest GS25, bought drinks and devoured an 18-inch New-York style pepperoni pizza (33,000 won). As soon as we opened the box, the smell of crisp pepperoni and fresh mozzarella was intoxicating. The slices were huge, dripping with grease, and absolutely wonderful. If you are a pizza lover, then pizza iconic is a pilgrimage-worthy destination.
Also available (somewhat off-menu it seems) is a thick, very saucy and delicious Detroit-style pizza (~32,000 won). It comes in a rectangle of 4 slices, and while it seems small at first, it is very filling. The pizza was almost more like a lasagna, but it was so delicious we didn't care much. While the greasy New-York style pizza was one of my favorites I've had in Seoul, I think I was even more blown away by the Detroit pizza. Whichever style of pizza you prefer and order, if you're a pizza lover, you must make the trip to Pizza Iconic. While sometimes his hours can seem inconvenient and it might seem a bit far for people north of the river (like us), it is DEFINITELY worth the trip. Now go eat some good pizza!
Hours: Closed on Saturdays!
Sundays: Opens at 4pm, takeout only! Get there around 4 if you want a pizza!
Weekdays: 11:30AM-8:00PM. Break-time (I think) from 2:30-5:30PM.
Address: 삼성동 166-6, 135-881 Seoul, South Korea
Directions: Samseong station, exit 8
Walk straight until you get to the 119 building and turn left into that alley. Walk straight about 200m and it will be on your left next to a 7/11.
by Michael Jones
One of the things we miss most about cooking in America, is the ability to bake. Our apartment is small, and without an oven, it is difficult to make cookies and brownies like we did at home. Thankfully, because of places like Cre8 Cookies, our craving for cookies can be laid to rest.
Cre8 is located on Kyungridan-Gil and is tucked in a little alley up the hill and to your right. Once you pass the pet shop, filled with fluffy kittens and surrounded by gawking people, you're almost there. The shop is small, but decorated wonderfully and it’s a great place to relax, chat, and devour some truly incredible cookies that even the cookie monster would approve of. We have no reservations saying that these are our favorite cookies we’ve had since moving to Seoul over 2 years ago.
The owner is extremely friendly and very passionate about baking. She will even go out of her way to bake some individual cookies for you. Last night, she made us two Nutella and peanut butter cookies and we devoured them in seconds. The inside was flaky, and the gooey peanut butter and sweet Nutella rocked our taste buds. We also had an M&M and a white chocolate chip and almond cookie. All of the cookies are delectable, melt in your mouth, instant smile inducing delicious. The owner will also give you a frothy glass of milk to wash down the crumbs and to dunk your cookies in. Most of the cookies are (1,900 KRW) but some, such as the Nutella and peanut butter, are (2,500 KRW) due to the price of ingredients. She also sells coffee and her cold brew is a wonderful choice for (3,800 KRW). The coffee was strong, but smooth, and pairs perfectly with freshly baked cookies.
We love Cre8 Cookies and will definitely be regulars. This might hurt my Grandma’s feelings, but I might have a new favorite cookie. Like the neon sign says in the back of the shop “Let's Dough It”.
Hours: 11AM-9M, everyday
Address: 용산구 이태원동 225-143
DIRECTIONS: Come out of Noksapyeong station, exit 2
Walk until the underpass and cross under the road, and take the left exit.
Turn right on Kyungridan-Gil.
Keep walking all the way up the hill until you pass Namsan Chemistry and the pet shop with the cute kittens and puppies.
Take a right at "Nice to Meatball You" at the small alley in front of it.
Cre8 will be on your left.
by Ashley Heil.
Because this post has to do with both coffee and pancakes, I posted it on the Food Envy page as well as the Coffee Envy page. Enjoy!
A few months ago, I wrote a blog post here about my favorite coffee shops in Seoul.
Although we wrote about how much we enjoy their coffee, especially the delicious Stumptown Coldbrew coffee they serve, we actually hadn't ever tried their pancakes. We finally got around to it about a week ago. We know a few other places for some great brunch and pancakes in Seoul, including Butterfingers and Uncle Sam's Pancake, but I have to say Pancake Epidemic might be my favorite pancakes. The original (what we got) are 6500 for 3 pancakes or (I believe) 11,000 for 6 pancakes. The stack seems high, but they are on the smaller side so Michael and I split 6 and still were left wanting more. The pancakes are super fluffy and moist even without any syrup on them. On top a sort of buttery cream was served. It looked a bit gross and strange at first, but it was very delicious. They also serve a Nutella stack of pancakes, which I will for sure try next time, and a ham-and-cheese stack of pancakes. If you're looking for some breakfast and great coffee or simply a sweet snack, this is definitely the place to come to. I cannot praise their coffee enough and these pancakes are fantastic. Give it a try and let us know how you like it!
Pancake Epidemic is open everyday from 10:30AM-10:00PM.
Directions: Address: 42, Apgujeong-ro 46-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Pancake Epidemic can be a bit hard to find, and is sort of located between Apgujeong station and Apgujeong Rodeo station.
Best station: Apgujeong Rodeo station (Bundang line), exit 5.
Walk straight 2 blocks then take a right. Walk straight along this road, and then Pancake Epidemic will eventually be on your left on the 2nd floor.
We're just a couple addicted to great food. We love Anthony Bourdain!