Daeho is small and gets packed quickly once it opens at 5pm, but you can add your name to the waitlist online and go grab a drink somewhere close by while you wait. The communal tables here all seat around six people, so unless you love sitting next to strangers, you should come with a group. The cauldrons of beef soup are large enough for three to four people, and we like the braised short rib one with cheese on top that’s more meat than broth.
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