Banchan A La Carte

141 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90004


Although named for the side dishes traditionally served with Korean meals, this small upscale market and café offers more than kimchi…

Website: http://banchanbox.com

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Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant

2717 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 108, Los Angeles, CA, 90006


The soon dubu jjigae, a garlicky stew of soft, fresh tofu and your choice of meat or fish, roils and bubbles in its small iron pot…

Website: http://www.beverlysoontofu.com/

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727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

(323) 380-8680

The glazed pork belly rice bowl, stocked with no less than a dozen ingredients, looks like something made by a cook cleaning out his fridge.

Website: http://www.eatchego.com


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Ham Ji Park

3407 West 6th St #101C, Los Angeles, CA, 90020

(213) 365-8773

This divey haunt has an unwritten rule: On your table must be either a bowl of the hearty pork neck and potato stew known as gamjatang or a sizzling plate of the charred sticky pork ribs called dweji galbi.


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Han Bat Sul lung tang

4163 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90020

(213) 388-9499

Speaking of hangover cures, there seems to be a science to sul lung tang, the soothing, cloudy stew made from vitamin-rich beef bones that are boiled for a full day. It’s like bovine-based Gatorade.


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Kae Sung Market

1010 S. St. Andrews Pl.., Los Angeles, CA, 90019


Situated in the heart of K-Town, Kae Sung Market stocks a constellation of kimchi to go, but it’s the jar of sliced Chinese cabbage that takes top honors.


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Kobawoo House

698 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90004


This 26-year-old tavern served Korean tacos long before the Kogi truck. Known as bosam…

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Park’s BBQ

955 S Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90006


There’s Korean barbecue and then there’s Park’s, an unremarkable-looking space where the tables are covered with enough heavily marbled slices of beef to make a butcher weep.

Website: http://parksbbq.com/


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3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90010


Roy Choi’s flashy Kogi concept transformed the “roach coach” into something more than approachable—it became cool.

Website: http://www.eatatpot.com/


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Soot Bull Jeep

3136 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90005


Dining at Koreatown’s Soot Bull Jeep is the gastronomic equivalent of fighting a wildfire: the smoke, the heat, the ash…

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The Prince

3198 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90005


Our city’s most intimate bars are inevitably those lucky enough to have attached themselves to survivors of Hollywood’s golden age: Musso Frank Grill and the Smoke House, the Hotel Bel-Air and the Langham Huntington in Pasadena. While these spots are fabulously frozen in time…

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Wako Donkasu

3377 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 112, Los Angeles, CA, 90010


Wako’s specialty is shaggy-coated, deep-fried everything: pork cutlets, chicken, shrimp, fish, beef…

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4029 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90292


This is Korean barbecue, upmarket style. After a little chop chae (glass noodles with beef), pajyun…

Website: http://www.wharo.com/

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Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun

3185 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90006

(213) 382-3815

This bare-bones Korean dining hall—as bustling as an ice cream parlor in summer—serves the best bowl of naeng myun in town: a heap of pitch-black arrowroot noodles swimming in an icy beef broth. Spicy mustard is on hand should you wish to singe your sinuses while cooling off.


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