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K-Town Centric Foods

I just moved to k-town, and what do ya know, I'm rarely in the mood for korean food. The spicyness doesn't get along with my stomach most days, even though it's pretty darn tasty. You can't have Pho four times a week either. So I'm left with some big questions, where do I eat on that random night when I want it quick and local, but have set a sort of standard for where I'm eating. Maybe other people from koreatown have some good advice and stories to share. Thanks so much!

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  1. There is this taco stand off of 7th Ave by Vermont Ave right next to Southwestern Law School that is really tasty. Their 3 taco combo is under $4 for rice and beans. Very yummy taco stand.

    1. Ssin Ssin on the southwest corner of 7th and Vermont has Korean and Japanese items that are not spicy. My faves are the dumpling soup and the fish egg rice bowl.


      1. You're not too far from Larchmont, which opens up options for you. I like Village Pizzeria there.

        1. wako donkasu is pretty good. it's a cutlet place. their tonkatsu sauce with crush-it-yourself sesame seeds is tasty (they give you a mortar and pestle, and you pound away)!

          there's one on wilshire east of normandie and another on olympic also east of normandie.

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          1. re: lnbish

            I think they're on Wilshire/Alexandria and Olympic a couple of blocks east of Normandie?

            The one on Olympic has better parking options and is much larger, but the one on Wilshire is the original...

          2. Welcome to K-town Mariko!

            I guess it really depends on what you are looking for Mariko, but hopefully I'll be helpful.

            I'd reccommend you give Jang An a try(corner of Olympic and Berrando), They offer great lunch speacials for Bulgogi(you can't go wrong with bulgogi) and the bean paste soup is definately one of the best in town.

            Hi-Pizza on 2nd and Western is the best pizza place in K-town hands down.

            Young King on Olympic is definately the best Korean/Chinese cusine, sweet and sour pork and the jja jang myun are must haves at Young King(3rd and Olympic)

            Ma-Dang Noodles is another one of fav places(8th and Western), the chicken kal gook soo(chicken noodle soup?) is to die for, and their mandoo(korean dumplings) also hits the spot every time.

            Did you know you can get korean/chinese/thai food delivered in K-town?

            Ktownlove.com has a great listing of restaurants that offer delivery servies and a search engine/listing for finding the type of food you are looking for.

            1. Have you noticed, (or tried) Pollo a la Brasa [the Peruvian chicken place] right on the SE corner of Western Ave. and 8th Street yet?

              764 S. Western Ave
              Koreatown, CA, 90005
              (213) 382-4090

              Open for lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon.

              Billows of wood smoke are typically emanating from it's little shack and they serve the chicken with plastic cups of aji, the mint-green chile puree that is as addictive as it is crazy spicy hot, (and which you can skip considering your aversion to spicy stuff).

              Finally have you tried Taylor's Steakhouse on 8th Street? Great comfortable throw back to the steakhouse's of yester year and the prices are reasonable for the niceness of their restaurant and the quality of their food.

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              1. re: tony michaels

                One other place that is well liked by most hounds, Guelaguetza for Oaxacan food. They have two locations in K-town. The one that has parking is on Olympic just about at Normandie. The other location is close to Taylor's Steakhouse but has no good parking solution.

                3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
                (213) 427-0608

                1. re: tony michaels

                  Taylors has valet parking right next to it. You just have to cough up the valet price.

                  If you want good taco's there's a lot of King Taco chains around. If you want the great taco's try El Taurino a block south of the Olympic and Hoover intersection on Hoover.

                  Lastly, you want to try a good homey Korean foods, try Han Bat on 5th St, just west of Western. They only serve Sul Lung Tang, a white milky broth made from boiling beef and beef bones for a long time. That, a bowl of rice, and some kimchi can chase away the cold any day.

                  1. re: tony michaels

                    I love this place. Parking is somewhat ample at the Olympic location but be prepared to wait for a table.

                  2. re: tony michaels

                    I've been to Pollo a la Brasa. I recommend the chicken and the Saltado de Mariscos.

                    1. re: tony michaels

                      Does anyone know how late Pollo a la Brasa is open? My uncle recommended this place too, so I tried to check it out one evening. It was closed. =(

                      1. re: MarikoDeVille

                        Listed as Wed. thru Mon. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

                        1. re: MarikoDeVille

                          I think that it closes fairly early - 7 or 8; also, I've gone there and have gotten the last chicken so maybe it's based on when they run out of food.


                          1. re: Bon Vivant

                            it definitely doesn't close until 10, but it's best to go there around/before 7, as the chickens are best then. Any later, and they're dry.

                      2. Welcome to the neighborhood! Lots of good places mentioned. Here is a rundown of a few more good non-Korean options in Koreatown.

                        Makkah Hallal (Fourth and Vermont): Tasty, well-priced Inidian, and they deliver!
                        Cassell's (Sixth and Berendo) classic burgers but only open for lunch.
                        Papa Cristo's: Great Greek on Pico and Normandie.
                        Dino's: Orange chicken and fries, on Pico, East from Papa Cristos.
                        Along with Village Pizza, there's NY Pizza on Western and Third.
                        Antequera de Oaxaca at Wilton and Melrose
                        Don Felix, Peruvian at the Temple/Beverly/Virgil intersection.
                        Lots of good Salvadoran (Atlcatl, La Nueva Flor Blanco) just above K-Town, up on Beverly Blvd.

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                        1. re: sku

                          I second Dino's! Their chicken plate is awesome!

                        2. in addition:

                          noshi sushi - cheap no frills sushi on beverly, a block or so east of western
                          kuishimbo - japanese grill on 6th/catalina (?)
                          hms bounty - pub grub and stiff drinks, on wilshire/mariposa (?)
                          el cholo - where tourists enjoy their idea of authentic mexican. alright for a marg.
                          a few thai places near 3rd/normandie. forget their names.
                          haven't been to m grill, so dunno much besides it being brazilian bbq.
                          same w/ manila good ha. they always look closed.
                          and what the heck is this new "pizza factory" or something on wilshire/st andrews?

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                          1. re: smssms

                            Mr Pizza Factory offers gourmet pizza "Korean" style, basically they played around with toppings such as corn and bulgogi to give pizza a new twist.

                            Honestly, the pizza is ok, but not its rather expansive, for just an pizza. I'd rather go eat somethign else with the same budget.

                            Check it out though, the female population in K town seem to like it very much. Good first date restaurant.

                            1. re: CostcoWater

                              That is because, hilariously, their slogan is "Made for Women," and the seventh day of every month is "Mr. Pizza's Woman's Day." I'm not totally sure why. But it makes me laugh. Check out the website: http://www.mrpizza.co.kr/GLOBAL/eng/c...
                              Scroll down to 2004. I think there are a lot of cultural differences at play here.

                                  1. re: Papuli

                                    Not yet, my girl is a low-carber, so I have to eat pizza on my own time. Plus I work in a Pizzeria, so it's not usually my first choice.

                                    But I love Korean food...and I bet they make good pie.