Korean

Banchan A La Carte

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

323-465-2400

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

213-380-1113

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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Chego

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

323-737-6565

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

213-389-7300

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

213-380-1717

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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POT

3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90010

213-381-7411

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

213-387-3865

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

213-389-2007

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

213-381-9256

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

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Wharo

4029 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90292

310-578-7114

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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