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Oct 9, 2008 11:23 AM

Three Flames Mongolian

might of switched ownership, no more all-u-can-eat. Any one know of another all-u-can-eat Mongolian BBQ in the Los Angeles area that won't cost more than $100 bucks in gas to get there from the Westside?

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  1. I am not positive about the AYCE part so check, but how about:

    Big Wok Mongolian BBQ
    250 N Sepulveda Blvd
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    (310) 798-1155

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    1. re: Servorg

      One other thought, (IIRC) isn't Mongo's in Westwood an AYCE Mongolian BBQ place? I have not been, so take this as an informational recommendation only.

      1064 Gayley Ave
      Los Angeles, CA 90024-3402
      Phone: (310) 824-3377

      1. re: Servorg

        mongols is not all you can eat...rather, it is all you can pack into your bowl. =)

        1. re: wilafur

          ...And since 1998, Mrs. J.L. & I have dedicated an unnatural amount of time to devise ingenious ways to pack the bowl in the most effective manner at Mongols.

          1. re: J.L.

            J.L. -- Even a novice knows to pack the expensive meat as much as you can on the bottom. Aren't their bowls too shallow to build up a rim so things can be stacked up above or have you mastered a method? I have thought about twining a netting of bean sprouts or broccoli to capture and balance more fixin's, but it becomes very time-consuming and gets frowned upon.

            1. re: nosh

              Ah, so you want the nitty gritty details... It involves quickly unraveling the frozen curls of meat and lining them up longitudinally so that they line up ABOVE the bowl line, thereby increasing effective holding volume.

              Act fast! Because (1) The management gets upset ('cuz after all, you're cheating them out of potentially $0.25 of profit and (2) the frozen uncurled meat thaws rather quickly.

        2. re: Servorg

          This was back ten years ago when I was a student at UCLA, you pay for a bowl. And you can file on anything on that bowl starting with the meat, the veggies, then noodles, and the guy will add the flavoring for you, such as soy sauce, garlic, lemon water, etc. Since you can only fill the bowl one time, they were filed high. Another trick is when you have someone else with you, you can use the other persons bowl to squish down the sliced frozen meat (doesn't sound that sanitary, but it get cooked right away, not much time for the bacteria to grow). Memories!!!
          Big wok is all you can eat, and you can come back several times to the buffet line to get your fill.

          1. re: Rodeline

            You didn't attend UCLA if you didn't figure out a way to pile your bowl high with ingredients and wind up with enough food to last you through the next two meals as well.

            1. re: Rodeline

              Thanks for confirming the AYCE status of Big Wok, Rodeline. I was a veteran stacker from the days when I worked for Hughes Aircraft at their then LAX operation in the early 70's. We went to one which was just north of LAX. It was something of an oddity in those days to see Mongolian BBQ and the crowds were something to behold on Friday afternoons.

              1. re: Servorg

                Fellow HAC vet here. Indeed, crowds were second only to safety meetings at the 'Goose'.

                IIRC there is a Mongolian BBQ place in the GCM downtown, but I haven't been distracted from the Mexican alternatives yet. Likely not AYCE.

                Mogo's Mongolian BBQ
                4454 Van Nuys Blvd Ste K, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

                Three Flames Mongolian Bar-B-Q
                5608 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                Big Wok Mongolian BBQ
                250 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                Golden Camel Mongolian
                21006 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

                1064 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                King's Mongolian Bar-B-Q
                9545 Reseda Blvd # 20, Northridge, CA

                1. re: DiveFan

                  Ever since the earthquake did in Mongolian BBQ on Hollywood Blvd. just east of Western I have relied on Mogo's as my go to place. At dinner it is all you can eat. The fried shrimp are passable as an appetizer and the egg rolls will remind you of early cantonese. The price is about $10.95 per person and 35 years ago my partner and I could have dearly hurt them. Now I make a very small bowl with one type of meat and then go back for a small second bowl with another type of meat each time adjusting the vegetables and the sauces. They let us bring our own wine in (yes there is wine you can serve with Mongolian BBQ, heck there's wine you can serve with just about anything). I've never figured out if they charge us corkage because everything is written on the check in Chinese, but I assume they do. Ok by me because I love it and it is where my daughter literally grew up. By the way, best wine is a really big red.

              2. re: Rodeline

                lol, the bowl tricked worked every time! pack that sucker in!

          2. Mogo's Mongolian BBQ in Sherman Oaks is AYCE at dinner.

            Prolly farther than you want to drive, but King's in Granada Hills.

            1. How west?

              Golden Camel on Hawthorne in Torrance. Only the dinner is all you can eat. Lunch is pack your bowl. =)