맛집 is a shortened form of 맛있는 집, which means a “flavor place/house”. As far as I
understand, large chain restaurants and fast food places are not 맛집. This place was recommended my one of my 5th Grade students. He told me and Angela (my co teacher) that his father runs this restaurant. My student’s goal is to also one day learn how to cook nice Tonkkatsu!
I made a quick video of the inside of this 맛집. You can see there’s not really much sitting room. Most of these small restaurants make most of their sales by delivery, so in restaurant seating isn’t really necessary.