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Korean BBQ for Beginners

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I've been a few times, but I've been taken by people who knew where to go. But tonight I'm on my own and I'm thinking of taking the rents and some friends from out of town.

Most of us like meat but a couple coming don't. And the all you can eat places are great (and oily) but I've been to Manna and a few others I can't remember the names of.

Can anyone suggest some places that are:

a. Either in the Valley near Sherman Oaks or Koreatown
b. Places that offer all you can eat meat, but have vegetarian options
c. Places that will be relatively not too crowded on a Friday night, or ones that take reservations

Thanks for the help!

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  1. It's not all you can eat, and it's a notch more expensive than its Koreatown competitors, but Chosun Galbee is probably the most newbie-friendly spot. Really nice and clean atmosphere, helpful staff, and something for everyone on the menu.

    www.chosungalbee.com/

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    1. re: mehfactor

      I agree completely. Chosun Galbee would be the best place since it's clean, friendly (for a korean restaurant), and tastes pretty good too.

      Sa Rit Gol is another good one, but it's not all you can eat either.

    2. Duk Su Jang Restaurant, 7126 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA, 818.780.8022

      1. I like to take my rookie Korean BBQ friends to Soot Bull Jeep. If you can hang there, you can hang anywhere. Baptism by charcoal fire, I say. Not all you can eat, but certainly very filling for the price.

        1. I'd say that if you've been to one Korean BBQ, then you know the score at all of them. They all usually have kalbi, bulgogi, some stews, and some noodle dish.

          I personally dislike Chosun because the service staff treats you like a child and are deaf to anything you say. I hate places that dump all of your meat out onto a cold grill. this resulted in half of our $28/order being stuck on the grill. when I wanted to take control of the the cooking myself, the waitress literally pushed my hands away. Any time any waitress would pass by our table they would flip our meat or do something with it that resulted in gray meat. I like the burned edges! Very frustrating. I felt like a fool guarding the grill like it was the last piece of cake at a birthday party.

          It seemed like they were just interested in turning us over as quickly as possible and thinking we had no idea how to cook meat on a grill.

          yes, it's decor is nice, but not really worth it to me. You come out smelling the same as if you went to Soot Bull Jeep.

          My favorite place to go was Corner Place. Is it still open?

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          1. re: ysb

            Corner Place is still open and you will smell the same as if you went to SBJeep. Their naeng myun is really good.

          2. I'm a fan of Gui Rim, on 6th (just west of Western). Very basic Korean BBQ, very "mom and pop." Friendly service, and light on the wallet.