Mar 22, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013
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What Korean restaurant should I pay a visit to in LA?
Trip Plan Details
- Chosun Galbee3330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019recommended Chosun GalbeeAtmosphere: I've noticed more and more non-Korean patrons coming to this place in the past couple years. Yay to Korean food going more mainstream! This place is one of the fancier Korean BBQs in ... read moreKoreatown. It all looks very clean and elegant. The servers all wear traditional Korean inspired uniforms. Of the many times I've been here, I've never sat indoors. For a long time, I didn't even know they had an indoors area. I definitely recommend eating outdoors! Food: The meat is high quality. The fish in all the soups/stews are soooo fresh and delicious! The banchan is average - avg selection, avg taste; though the servers are quick to replace the empty banchan plates with new ones! They give you complimentary boricha (barley tea). I find that you have to ask for it sometimes. Also, at the end of the meal they give you a refreshingly cold shik-heh (sweet rice drink). Service is very good; there is parking valet. On the more pricey-side for kbbq.Recommended for:
- Dan Sungsa3317 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, Californiarecommended Dan SungsaGritty in a good way, this bar has been around for quite a while. It's the perfect post-party place to either keep your party going or to soak up all the alcohol. And if they can survive this long in ... read morektown, they must be doing something right. Charming for those of you who love that cheap beer and bad-but-oh-so-good bar food atmosphere. You can catch Anthony Bourdain's experience here on the recent Layover show.Recommended for:
- Al Bae Ne3470 W 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020recommended Al Bae NeMy not so secret number one late-night spot to satisfy my need for spicy, korean comfort food. First of all, the ladies here are way nicer than the ones at Hodori. Secondly, the portions are HUGE (I'm ... read morealways a fan of leftover Korean food). And last but not least, it's just darn lip-smackingly tasty. Some of my favorite dishes are soondae bokkum (spicy sauteed blood sausage with vegetables), jjan pong (spicy seafood noodles; they use the fat noodles), and the ddukbokki (spicy rice cakes with vegetables, ramen noodles and fish cakes) that comes in a big pot and gets cooked at your table). Parking is the only negative. If you're there during the day, you can also satisfy your sweet cravings at the bakery next door. :)Recommended for:
- Gam Ja Gol3003 W Olympic Blvd # 107, Los Angeles, CArecommended Gam Ja GolWhen I think of comfort food, I think of Gamja Gol. It's become my to-go place for homey, hearty, spicy, stewy, large-portioned Korean pork neck/potato soup. I get a warm, fuzzy feeling in my tummy ... read morejust thinking about it. Things I love about their gamja tang: 1) they include deul-ggeh (don't know the english term - the little black seeds). 2) they make yummy kimchee fried rice with the remaining soup; and i love how the bottom gets all crispy...mmmmm. 3) even if you have a lot of soup left over, they put the soup in to-go containers for you and still make kimchee friend rice for you.Recommended for:
- GaamGaam 3465 W 6th St #300, Los Angeles, CA 90020
- KeunggamaW 8th St, Los Angeles, Californiarecommended KeunggamaSucculent, tender meat. Rich, hearty soups. Homemade ggakdugi (radish kimchee). While sitting at the restaurant last night, I noticed that many people come here by themselves. They sit, relax, and ... read morereplenish themselves with a good bowl of soup, eating at their own pace, making conversation with the ahjumahs who work there. This is what I call comfort food.Recommended for:
- Koreatown Plaza928 S Western Ave # 333, Los Angeles, CArecommended Koreatown PlazaFrom the outside, you would never guess that inside this building is a thriving ecosystem of Korean stores and Korean patrons. The food court in and of itself is worth a visit, as it's the best Korean ... read morefood court in LA. Check it out! Grab some food, walk around and people watch!Recommended for:Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
If you love variety, check out the food court here.
- Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant2717 W Olympic Blvd # 108, Los Angeles, CArecommended Beverly Soon Tofu RestaurantBeverly Soon Tofu is the favorite among the soon tofu connoisseurs. Skip the chain soon tofu shops. This is the place to go if you ever want to try this popular Korean dish!Recommended for:Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
For the best soondubu (aka soon tofu or spicy tofu soup)!
- Myung Dong Kyoja Restaurant3630 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, Californiarecommended Myung Dong Kyoja RestaurantOne of the best 24 hour eats in LA. Best known for their kalgooksu (knife cut noodles), they also reign in spicy soupless noodles. Their kimchi is ridiculously garlicky (so much so that my mouth still ... read moretasted like garlic even after I rigorously brushed my teeth) but goes well with their food. The service was really great considering we visited at 3 am!Recommended for:
- CHUNJU HAN IL KWAN3450 West 6th Street #106, Los Angeles, Californiarecommended CHUNJU HAN IL KWANOne of my favorite restaurants in Koreatown. This place serves food that tastes home cooked, and the ahjumahs who work here remind me of my mom. Pretty much everything here is delicious so you can't ... read morego wrong. The dish they are known for is their army soup. Do try it at Chunju if you've never had it before.Recommended for:Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
For that home-made feel. :)
- Ham Ji Park4135 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United Statesrecommended Ham Ji ParkIf you love pork this is the place to go. They are known for their pork neck soup and grilled pork ribs. The pork neck soup has large pieces of bone with flavorful meat and large pototates that all ... read morestew in this bright red sauce. It's not super spicy, but tends to get spicier the more you eat. The ribs are delicious with the tender meat on a bed of onions.Recommended for:
- Park's BBQ955 S Vermont Ave # D, Los Angeles, CArecommended Park's BBQKorean BBQ is always good. Park's is a little more expensive than some of the other ones, but they are able to accommodate large parties pretty easily.Recommended for:
- Road to Seoul1230 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006recommended Road to SeoulThis is a big Korean BBQ restaurant. They have great meat choices for all you can eat, including beef tongue, short ribs, chicken, and baby squid, just to name a few. In addition to the usual Korean ... read moreside dishes, you also get a pancake and a steamed egg.Recommended for:
- Genwa Korean BBQ5115 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
- Gen Korean BBQ13741 Newport Avenue, Tustin, CA
- Kang Hodong's Baekjeong3465 W 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90020
- Mori Sushi11500 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064
- Class 302 Taiwanese Cuisine1015 Nogales St, #125, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
- Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar8325 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling House1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007