Recs for lunch, Korea town please
The Corner Place (2819 W 9th St., 213-487-0968)
The name's not so Korean, but the clientelle sure is. It's a barbecue place, but they also specialize in a kind of cold, spicy noodle soup in a clear broth. For two people, one serving of soup and one serving of barbecue is more than enough. I've been there once and had kalbi -- beef rib meat. I've also had the chicken recommended to me; I'm getting that next time. Very reasonable: my wife and I left stuffed and happy for something like 25 bucks.
Have naeng-myun somewhere since it's hot out. Personally, I don't like noodles and can't really recommend a place off the top of my head. It's too early to be reeking of meat, so I'd avoid all barbecue places except Chosun Galbi (on Olympic) and Dong Il Jang (on 8th), which do other things well enough too. If you want variety, try a food court-- I'd recommend the one at the Galleria on Olympic and Western.
Growing up, I always thought that Koreans didn't really eat that much meat (unless they live in the US, where it's DIRT CHEAP). I'd recommend going to Dae-Bok, which specializes in seafood dishes. Get their ahgoo jjim!
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