AGussman posted a question that I thought should be answered before I get to try Ellicott City's newest Korean BBQ: "This sounds like a cool place, but I'm completely unfamiliar with Korean BBQ. Does anyone have recommendations what to try?"
Personally, I have some recommendations. As I said in a Shin Chon Garden post, we tend to order either bulgogi or kalbi and the dolset bi bim bop. That's barbecued meat and a stone bowl of mixed rice, vegetables and a little meat. If we can work up a group, we order the feast where you get a couple meats to grill yourself and augment with that bi bim bop. Either way, you get a table full of panchan -- the little bowls of vegetables, tofu, shredded meat, and other side dishes that make Korean so spectacular.
But I'm no expert on Korean food. Yelp seems full of young people who grew up with Korean cuisine, and I have loved reviews like AK J's live lobster sashimi post about Bethany Seafood Restaurant. I'd love if anyone wants to answer AGussman's question in the comments. What do you think makes a good introduction to Korean food? What do people miss when they stick to the tried and true? Anything special at Honey Pig? Please comment below.
(Update I: I inspired myself to go to Honey Pig. I'll post later, but I my big discovery is that this is a limited menu. It's great, but you can't get the dolset bi bim bop that I mentioned above. My advice for a beginner at Honey Pig is to order a thin-sliced pork belly and the bulgogi. As Lee says in the comments, you can order anything. You pick a meat. They grill it in front of you. You can't go wrong. I'm just starting with basics. I'll add more later.)
(Update II: Check out the photos and post on This Is Gonna Be Good. Spectacular photos. These folks aren't running around my little cell phone camera.)
(Update III: My full review of Honey Pig is now up.)
My real advice is that you ask for help. Shin Chon Garden has always been wonderful to us. The first few times, I asked for help knowing when the meat was grilled, and the waitresses showed us exactly what to do. I pointed out the rice noodle wrappers, and the manager explained them. You might hit a few people with limited English, but you're just as likely to find a waiter who grew up in Howard County and has been explaining Korean food to non-Koreans for 20 years like the guy who explained the great fried chicken at Rainpia. If you like vegetables, meat and pickles -- and especially if you like some spice, then you could happily eat for years in Korean restaurants.