10 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants in Los Angeles
Koreans don't wallow in animal fat carelessly -- we believe it has health benefits. The list of "8 major benefits from Pork" on Palsaik Samgyeopsal's menu is not merely a marketing tool. My father is an acupuncturist and herbalist. I've listened to countless stories about the glorious health benefits of pork belly, though perhaps not the same eight reasons cited by Palsaik Samgyeopsal's marketing team. The eight flavors aren't all equally good, but each is worth trying at least once as a kind of pork belly tasting menu. Thinly sliced rounds of pickled mu (a Korean daikon radish), ggaenip and lettuce are provided for ssam. 863 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles; (213) 365-1750.
3. Byul Gobchang:
Byul Gobchang specializes in intestines, specifically cow intestines, serving the best quality, cleanest-tasting versions in Koreatown. Order its intestine combination and wash it down with flavored soju. Though we're not fans of soju cocktails in general, the infused ones here are pretty good. 3819 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles; (213) 739-0321.
2. Soowon Galbi:
The overall consistency of all the items on their menu, the banchan's regional style (Jeolla-do) and the excellent service all make for a total dining experience. It's one of the very few BBQ places where we would actually order non-BBQ items such as dolsot bibimbap and pajun. As for the bbq cuts, we recommend the unseasoned shortribs and sliced ribeye. 856 S Vermont Ave. Ste C., Los Angeles, CA 90005, (213) 365-9292.
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3385 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA