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Apr 16, 2008 08:04 PM

Which Koreatown bbq place has best-quality MEAT?

Hi Hounds,

I want to plan a Korean BBQ AYCE night and was wondering which place had the best-quality meat.

And yes, I do prefer charcoal grills.


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  1. Hello, Liquid Sky!
    I think Park's BBQ in Koreatown does a terrific job:

    Park's BBQ
    955 S. Vermont Avenue
    Los Angeles

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      1. re: Liquid Sky

        Park's is not pretty inside like some of the other more upscale Korean restaurants; its style is pleasant-cafeteria. But the service is very gracious and helpful, and the banchan (panchan) are always different and plentiful. Their meats are excellent! Also, I believe that they use a modern form of charcoal (perhaps a combo of charcoal and gas) and you won't leave smelling like a BBQ grill!
        I wouldn't hesitate to take anyone's a fun evening!
        Call ahead to make your plans...and I suggest reservations!

        1. re: liu

          What about Cham Gut Sol?

          Also, are both of these places all-you-can-eat??

          P.S. I don't speak Korean, so I don't know if that will make a different regarding service at these places.

          1. re: Liquid Sky

            Sorry, I don't know anything about Cham Gut Sol.
            I do not believe that Park's is AYCE; however, they are very generous with their portions and I do believe that they will refill your side dishes (a meal in themselves!).
            Also, be sure to order their Korean pancake (someone will give us the name...I don't remember...but it is delicious and very filling).

            Not speaking Korean does not seem to be an issue at Park's or any other Korean restaurant that we have enjoyed. Park's servers speak English to varying degrees and they will go out of their way to assist you and your guests!

            1. re: liu

              The pancake is called p'ajeon (pah-JAWN) and if you get the seafood pancake, which I definitely recommend, it's haemul p'ajeon (hay-mool pah-JAWN).

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Yes, it's the seafood pancake that I highly recommended above.
                Thanks, Das Ubergeek!

            2. re: Liquid Sky

              "all you can eat" and "best quality meat" are tow terms that rarely go together. There is "All you can eat" and "reasonable good meat"
              Ther is "All you can eat" and "inedible meat", and there is "NOT all yu can eat" and "the best quality meat"

              1. re: Diana

                That is all true. But when I carefully parse the OP's post it's not clear to me that they are looking specifically for a "one price for ayce" restaurant, but could be talking about finding a restaurant with great quality meat and spending the necessary money to achieve a blow it out meal of K bbq (paying the price for each and every order of bulgogi and kalbi that they aim to consume).

                1. re: Servorg

                  Tahoe Galbi has incredible (guess....?) galbi... beautifully zebra striped meat which just pops with juice when you bite into it.

                  A few months ago, we went twice in one week because we enjoyed the first experience so much. On our second visit, we opted for their AYCE special at $17 per person...

                  But be warned-- the AYCE galbi we received seemed a little.... well, shall we say "not nearly as good." The rest of the meat was passable to insipid (lots of shaved frozen meat).

                  As Diana said above, AYCE and best quality meat don't go together. Go to Tahoe, but order your galbi ala carte.

                  Mr Taster

                  Tahoe BBQ
                  3986 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

              2. re: Liquid Sky

                Don't know of any "Cham Gut Sol". Could it be "Cham Sut Gol?" If so, and if it's the same as the one in Garden Grove, then it's probably quite excellent. Both the meat and the panchan at the Garden Grove Cham Sut Gol are outstanding.

        2. Park's has the best meat hands down.

          But it is not AYCE.

          The panchan, as in all Korean BBQ joints, is always refilled gratis.

          If you want AYCE, sorry but can't help you out. I usually stick to either Park's or Soot Bull Jeep.

          If you end up at Park's make sure to order Pork X ... it borders on a life-changing experience.

          1. Although they don't have charcoal grills. I thought Chosun Galbee was pretty good. Not the best but definitely good.

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            1. re: Mr. Gohan

              Was there a couple of weeks ago for dinner. Their kalbi meat was very good and tender. Kind of pricey but the service and side dishes were great. They also have valet parking.

            2. Not AYCE nor charcoal, but add me to the chorus of those that recommend Park's for the quality of the meat (and really great banchan also, which is th real measure of a Korean for me).

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              1. re: SauceSupreme

                It is my understanding that they rotate their banchan selections; this makes it even more enticing for repeated visits!

              2. For pork belly, Honey Pig. Just beware you need to know what you are doing. They are very nice, but not trying to cater to the non-Korean speaking clientle. We actually brought a printout of Jonathan Gold's review of them as a cheat sheet, and we needed it.