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Soot Bull Jip / Jeep (Buena Park)

Will the real Soot Bull Jeep please stand up?

Drove past a place on Beach Blvd with a grand opening banner hanging on the storefront. Was running late for work, so couldn't stop, but I coulda sworn it said "Soot Bul Jip," and I think it was a newish place.

Is this a transliteration designed to throw off non-Hangul readers or is it actually related to the Soot Bull Jeep in Koreatown?

I haven't been to Rowland Heights in forever. There used to be a Soot Bull Jeep out there. Is it the real deal? Is it still open? Still good?

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Soot Bull Jeep
3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Soot-Bul Restaurant
6681 Beach Blvd Ste C, Buena Park, CA 90621

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  1. The one in Rowland Heights died some while ago, and was replaced by Ka Hwa, which is quite excellent

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    1. re: bagdoodle

      Ka Hwa was bad in 2007 and has only gotten worse now.

    2. The Hangul is exactly the same but I have not been to the Soot Bull J[ee|i]p in Buena Park. It springs to mind that there's ANOTHER place with the same Hangul on State College near CSUF.

      1. is this one in buena park the same one as the one on is it eight street in koreatown la???

        thanks.

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        1. re: kevin

          same. the bp one has been around for a lonnnng time.

          1. re: namstermonster

            That stretch of Beach Blvd. in Buena Park is the OC Korea Town.

            1. re: monku

              Thanks all, I previously thought Garden Grove was supposed to be OC's Koreatown.

              1. re: kevin

                I don't know....I was being sarcastic. There are at least 6 Korean restaurants on that stretch of Beach Blvd.

                1. re: kevin

                  You were on your way to Portillo's weren't you ?

                  1. re: monku

                    Yep, that is true. I was first looking for a chili cheese burrito from taco bell, they didn't have any at the one in HB, so just had a taco, burrito supreme, and bean and cheese burrito, and then headed to portillo's from there and grabbed a chicago dog and one of those italian beefs with both sweet and hot peppers. the chicago dog was awesmoe, the italian beef not so much even with all the peppers on it, the beef tasted just like beef in shabu shabu that's taken out of the boiling water with no seasoning or the beef at Yoshinoya without any sauce or seasoning, am i missing something. i will say though that the gravy that soaked the french roll and the gravy itself were tasty though not amazing in a old fashioned hofbrau sort of way.??? i do really like the atmosphere there, reminds me of disneyland dixie jazz by way of farrell's old fashioned ice cream parlor.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Sorry to hear your disappointment with the Italian beef sandwich.
                      Shabu shabu beef is usually rib eye.

                  2. re: kevin

                    Beach from Rosecrans to the 22 is fast becoming OC K-town.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      has anyone also been to sagan which is nearby? any thoughts?

                      1. re: kevin

                        Expensive. Good place to take a party you're trying to impress, but if you just want barbecue or kalbitang or what have you, go elsewhere.

                      2. re: Das Ubergeek

                        Absolutely right, Das. The expansion extends even further northward into La Mirada. If anyone needs proof, there are at least 40 Korean restaurants along said corridor. More proof? Check out the fabulous, multi-million dollar Beach Spa at the corner of Beach and Rosecrans, one of my favorite relatively local rejuvenation spots. ‘Nuff said.

              2. it may or may not be related....but it's gross...I think its been there for a while actually...unless the owners changed

                1. I've been to both the Buena Park and Korea Town Soot Bull Jeeps. I went with my Korean/American friend after a day at Disneyland to the one in Buena Park who explained to me that they are under completely different ownership but that the common name refers to the fact that you cook over charcoal. And yes, you come out stinking at both locations.

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                  Soot Bull Jeep
                  3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

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                  1. re: Fru

                    http://sootbool.com/

                    Soot Bool Jip. Yup, appears to be a case of look-a-like sound-a-like. Taste-a-like?

                    1. re: pharmnerd

                      It has been a while since I was at SBJ in KT. The quality of the meat at BP is much better. I remember some of the meat was gamy smelling at KT. That is always an immediate turn off for me. I can't remember if there was a big price difference. Actually, I can never tell because we just keep ordering as we go along so it is really hard to keep track. BP was cleaner too. Not quite the dark, dingy, coffee shop interior of KT either. The service was very attentive. Almost too attentive. My friend finally explained in Korean that I wanted to turn my own meat without help. Panchan at both places wasn't memorable but it was tasty. Same with the kimchee. Of course I'm basing my opinion on my own limited experiences and the fact that I have had the best KB, panchan and Kimchee in people's homes.

                      1. re: Fru

                        Great. Will add the BP one to my "try" list. Thanks.