When it comes to Korean BBQ in LA, one can be easily overwhelmed by the endless supply of options. With brightly-lit neon Korean characters flashing at you from left to right, and images of smiling cows hovering over you, how does one know which BBQ will deliver the tastiest cuts of beef?
Here are the top 7 Korean BBQ spots in Los Angeles right now.
1. Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong
Topping the list is Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong, known as the OG of Korean BBQ in LA (pictured above). Enjoy the throwback atmosphere, crack open a bottle of soju with friends, and chase it down with some refreshing beer as you tear into succulent cuts of beef served with their famous “shaken rice.” Don’t forget about the golden ring of creamy corn pudding and fluffy egg soufflé around the grill, these are classic dishes that not many places offer anymore. If you want satisfying, classic, and accessible, no frills Korean bbq, then Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong is the place to be. [Photo: Yelp]
2. Park’s BBQ
If traditional Korean cuisine is what you’re craving along with your grilled meat, then Park’s BBQ is where you need to be. They offer galbitang, a beef short rib soup that’s been simmered for hours into a rich broth. And they’re known for their banchan, with traditional offerings including raw marinated crab meat. [Photo: Yelp]
3. Quarters Korean BBQ
Ktown is known as a party capital in Los Angeles. With bars opening until 5am in some places, it’s easy to get a drink anywhere you go. But if you want to get the party started early, head over to Quarters Korean BBQ. Known as the hip cousin of Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong, not only because they are owned by the same relatives and are located right next door (awkward), but because they offer a full bar. That’s right. A FULL BAR. [Photo: Yelp]
Genwa is hailed as the Westside’s destination for Korean BBQ. For those of you who don’t want to make the trek over to downtown, come here and enjoy their large array of banchan. They offer over 20 dishes! [Photo: Yelp]
5. Soot Bull Jeep
6. Ahgassi Gopchang
Ahgassi Gopchang translates into “young lady intestines.” And it’s the name of a restaurant where you can get grilled intestines, large and small. And what better to enjoy grilled, charred bits of gamey offal than with pitchers of ice cold, palate-cleansing beer. Beer and intestines are simply a match made in heaven. [Photo: Yelp]
7. Honey Pig
Honey Pig is known as the pork belly capital of Ktown. They offer thick slabs of beautifully fatty marbly pork belly, with kimchi and marinated bean sprouts thrown directly on the grill, allowing them to char crispy perfection. If you got some change in your pocket, go for the Black Pig pork belly, their specialty. [Photo: Yelp]
This list was inspired by EaterLA’s list of best Korean bbq restaurants in LA. Get the full scoop at EaterLA.
Got a dope Korean BBQ place that didn’t make it onto Eater’s list? If so, let us know in the comments below!