Recomendations for Lunch in Koreatown
Hey everyone, I was just looking for some good suggestions for lunch in K-town. I have pretty much hit a lot of the Mexican spots (El Parian, El Taurino, King Taco, Taco Razas, Mama's Tamales), and some of the chicken spots (Dino's, Pollo La Brassa), also enjoyed Langers. If anyone has any suggestions for places that serve good, fast, lunch I would enjoy hearing about it and dishes that are good at those places. Also, cheap is good!
A good neighborhood for eating
Here are a few:
Lunch buffet at Makkah Hallal (Fourth and Vermont)
Guelaguetza (8th St and Olympic locations)
Papa Cristo's (Pico and Normandie)
Jeon Ju (bibimbap dol sot at Vermont and Olympic)
Beverly Soontofu (Vermonat and Olympic)
Chichen Itza (6th Street, west of Mac Park - not as fast)
I actually found Jeon Ju to be annoyingly bright and sterile (hope I'm thinking of the right one - sw corner Vermont/Olympic) w/ unremarkable food; Beverly Soontofu maybe for that dish, but not much else to recommend it (and the other things aren't that cheap).
Ddo Soon Ee (Korean, standards)
6th and Harvard
Authentic Korean Dumpling
Irolo/Normandie and 7th
El Colmao (Cuban - a bit east, toward Downtown)
2328 W Pico Blvd
and the big HK Korean supermarket
124 N. Western Ave.
+1 for jeonju!! the bibimbap is great, and during winter months, their stews really hit the spot-- I especially recommend the cheonggukjang jjigae, I can't remember its English label, but it might be one of the ones labeled "dregs casserole" (that name sticks in my mind) The roe stew (al jjigae) can also be quite comforting. I'm not sure about the speed, but it's pretty reasonable.
SGD (sogongdong) tofu in the same plaza is a good spot for sundubu. (I like them better than BCD). They can have a line sometimes, but they take your order while you're standing outside, so it's basically timed to be ready by the time you sit down...
Also @ olympic and vermont, some of the prepared foods at Hannam can be good (you have to be a bit watchful for freshness sometimes, but if you're going at lunchtime, there are many good fresh offerings that can be taken to go)
I have generally liked madang guksu (869 western) for big bowls of thick noodles (kal guksu) (also a wintertime treat), or for the soymilk noodles (kong guksu) in the summer.
cassell's - burger
ham hung - bibim naengmyun
myung dong gyo ja - kalgooksoo
opus now serves lunch. haven't been, though.
try the chinese restaurant on the first floor of k-town plaza (betw. nicole's cafe and art box i believe) it's korean-influenced chinese food and their jja jjang mien is pretty good. (jja jjang mien is kinda like spaghetti but chinese style- for lack of a better description) their water dumplings are pretty decent, too. other than that, most korean places have lunch specials during the week. i esp like cho sun galbi (olympic blvd??), woo rae ok (one in beverly hills, and finally re-opening ktown branch), and a few others which are only in korean. ;p
Ssin Ssin on the southwest corner of 7th and Vermont has some pretty good food and it's fairly inexpensive. They specialize in Korean tinged Japanese dishes but their Korean comfort food is pretty spot on. They are a lunch spot so they are usually pretty fast.
Kobawoo, Vermont south of Wilshire. Try the acorn noodles, seafood pancake, bulgogi, pork bo-sam.
The service at Han Bat Sul Lung Tang was fast when I went. I guess all the time-intensive preparation of the broth happens in the many hours of slow-cooking before they serve it. Mmm...broth...right, you will be eating beef soup because that's pretty much the menu. The only decisions are a) do you want something tame like brisket, or everything including spleen and b) how much green onion and salt are you going to dump in there when you get it?
It think it was $9, which seems a little spendy for soup if you're used to pho or boat noodles, but since I'm not making it an everyday indulgence I can't say it bothered me.
Nice staff, too. They asked if I liked it and I said I did and would be back. So when I left they said, "see you tomorrow!" Cute.
4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Opus is now open for lunch but menu looked a bit boring. Also, you can try Mr. Pizza Factory which was just reviewed in this week's LA Weekly.
Opus Bar & Grill
3760 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Mr Pizza Factory
3881 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Another vote to Beverly Soon Tofu -- yummy, cute, little. Good bean paste.
Have had a couple nice meals at O Dae San -- seafood oriented, largish space. Especially liked the Al-Bab -- large bow of rice with a rainbow of multicolored fish eggs across the top with sea-urchin dolloped on top. mmmm