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Best All You Can Eat Korean BBQ in Koreatown?

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lemon_ice_tea Dec 20, 2006 02:07 AM

Hi, I'd like to know what's a good restaurant for AYCE Korean BBQ; I've only been to Manna, but I'm sure there's better places around Koreatown, I just don't know where. Recommendations anyone?

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    Philf14 Aug 7, 2011 09:58 PM

    So I stumbled upon this place with my wife after going to the Laugh Factory. We wanted Korean and every place we tried to go was closing. We ended up at this place on 8th street in Korea Town. It's called LA Family House 3077 W 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90005 and the same three women are in there all the time. They don't speak any English. Anyways they have three different price ranges. We always go for the $10.00 one. You get Steamed Egg not sure the name of it. Then you get the meats and kimchi sides. The meats include Brisket, Beaf Bagogi and Chicken Bagogi.(sorry for the spelling) and Pork Belly. You also get Steamed rice and rice paper. We always go late and it is always crowded. I think we are the only white people in there. We like it so much, that in the past year we have probably gone twenty times. The service is great (for us) but I know Korean BBQ a lot of the times the service isn't that good. I can't complain. The only time I had a problem was when I brought Fifteen people and the time we were ready for more food it took awhile for them to come over, but when its 2, 4, or 6 of us its great. They Have lots of other things to order but I stick to the basics. Hope this helps with your choices.

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      buytheredcar Feb 13, 2008 09:15 PM

      Gui Rims AYCE is terrible!
      The place was empty!
      the service was friendly, but the meat was the cheap
      kind wheres its all grease and no flavor.
      Just bad!
      the four of us shared one large beer and we paid 25 bucks!

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        tykapfh Feb 13, 2008 09:23 PM

        I disagree completely with this. This is our "go-to" AYCE Korean BBQ place... and for good reason. Tongue and heart are solid options, but their shorts ribs are delicious.

        Edit - We only have gone to Gui Rim II though... if that makes a difference.

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        kproq323 Dec 21, 2006 09:39 PM

        I don't know the name. But a co-worker took me there about a week ago and it was great. I was on Berendo and 8th street. Right above Olympic. Will drive by there this weekend and get the name. Defeinitely blows away any of the other places mentioned above.

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          piyopiyo Dec 21, 2006 07:19 PM

          I liked Gui Rim but it can be a really long wait because it's a small place (both locations) and when I've been there they don't use the vent fans so it gets really smoky.

          Try Tahoe Galbi
          3986 Wilshire Blvd (at Wilton)
          213-365-9000
          $15 AYCE, they have 6 meats available

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            crystaw Feb 15, 2008 01:51 PM

            My friends helped plan a birthday get together at Tahoe Galbi and I would definately recommend it. The meat was good and it came very quickly when we requested it. All of us stuffed ourselves silly!

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              blumatrix May 12, 2008 09:47 PM

              Tahoe Galbi is right there with Manna... poor service, poor meat quality, and just overall a sub-par experience. It's like a zoo when you go in, it takes forever to get what you order, and the food is just made for quantity...

              There's a new spot in Chapman Plaza where InterCrew used to be... pretty decent but still makes me feel like i'm in a bar, not a restaurant. Food is average, service is good.

              Just checked out SoNamu on Wilshire across the street from a SoonTofu place and I wasn't very impressed. Sub-par food, service was just ok.

              SootBul GuiRim 1 & 2 have the tastiest meats mainly because of the charcoal bbq. That also goes for SootBoolJip (although it's not AYCE). Service is usually good, even when it gets busy. Meat quality has varied from time to time.

              The Corner Place on James Wood is also great, especially on a hot summer day b/c you can finish the meal with their signature cold rice noodles (not buckwheat noodle).

              Not all AYCE k-bbq places are equal. I'd stay away from the super crowded places b/c you'll most likely get poor quality meats and bad service. I'd also stay away from empty/not-so-crowded places b/c there's probably a good reason for that. Outside of that, don't be afraid to try new places in K-town. There are many gems just waiting to be discovered!

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              sirlancie Dec 20, 2006 07:29 AM

              I 2nd the Goo Il Im rec. I'm not sure if there is a sign actually written in English...but it is on 6th, a little West of Western (on the north side of the street). Look for smoke.

              It's so much better than Manna. In fact, I haven't been back to Manna since finding this place. Best of luck! :)

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                olivexjina Dec 20, 2006 07:43 AM

                yes, the gui rim place is REALLY good....waaaaaay better than manna...its on 6th and manhattan...they also have a second location on 3rd and vermont. however u should go either really early or pretty late bc the wait SUCKS and ppl like to take their sweet as time once they've been seated (but I would too)

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                  Pei Dec 20, 2006 03:26 PM

                  I'm pretty sure it's written in English, otherwise I would have had a lot harder time finding it. I haven't absorbed THAT much Korean!

                2. Pei Dec 20, 2006 03:19 AM

                  I vote for Gui Rim. $15 AYCE, and more than decent panchan. I would much rather go here with its friendly servers and warm host/owner than brave the pre/post clubbing hoards at Manna (where the food's not as good either, from what my friends who have been to both say).

                  In fact, I'd rather eat at Gui Rim than at Soot Bull Jeep, which is not AYCE but to me is not worth the $25+/pp and long wait.

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                    MEalcentric Dec 20, 2006 04:36 AM

                    I know google is my friend, but indulge me. Where is this?

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                      Pei Dec 20, 2006 05:25 AM

                      3977 W 6th Street
                      Los Angeles, CA 90020
                      (213) 387-5459

                      6th and Western, I believe.

                      And while portions at Soot Bull Jeep are large, a lot of the BBQ items are well over $15. Meaning unless you have a large crowd, you're stuck with one or two meat choices, and will probably pay over $20 each. At Gui Rim you can ask for the A plate, which is an assortment of meat. If you have a small party, you'll get a small A plate to start, and more when you ask for it. You can also specificy what meat you do/don't want.

                      I've never left Soot Bull Jeep paying less than $20 a person before tax and tip, and I haven't been very full unless the meal was over $25 each.

                      I do like the green onion salad at Soot Bull Jeep, though.

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                      SauceSupreme Dec 20, 2006 04:46 AM

                      Considering the volume of food at Soot Bull Jeep, it's effectively AYCE.

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