New Job in Koreatown: Any Good Lunch Recs?
I just got a job in Koreatown in a building at Normandie and Wilshire. I haven't thoroughly investigated my options yet, but I'm wondering if you all have any off the beaten track ideas. I'm not a big fan of Korean cuisine, but am open if there are any musts. The only places I can think of within walking distance are The Prince and The HMS Bounty. Thanks for your thoughts!
I also work in the area (Wilshire & Vermont). If you don't like Korean, that limits the lunch choices, but there are some options. For walking, you can do Cassels (6th Street), Makkah Hallal (Sounth Asian - Vermont around 5th); on Friday's there are several food stands at the Mariposa farmer's market. Korean, of course, is the dominant cuisine. You're right near BCD, which is reliable if not absolutely fabulous. I like Yu Chun at 6th and Alexandria for cold (actually slushy) noodle soup (great way to beat the heat).
With a 5 minute drive, you have a lot to choose from: Guelaguetza, Papa Cristos (just shoot down Normandie to Pico), passable Brazilian at M Grill (Wilshire near Western), Pollo a la Brasa, Taylor's Steakhouse and, of course, literally hundreds of Korean restaurants.
There's a noodle shop on the corner of Hobart and Wilshire called Myung Dong Kyoja.
There are only about 4 dishes on the entire menu; the first one is noodles in a delicious soup with dumplings.
I think it's more Chinese-Korean, and is inexpensive so might be worth a try if you like dumplings and noodles.
Also, there's a decent Chinese-Korean restaurant on Alexandra, slightly north of Wilshire (there's a shopping center there, near the HMS Bounty, and another shopping center behind it.) The store's poster features a cartoon of a strange man with a giant spoon, but I don't know what it is called. It's not bad for a cheap meal.