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Is this a better choice for a large group of about 10?

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    Hershey Bomar

    Soot Bull Jeep is kinda intimidating to my friends. I had to force them through the door the first time.

    This is my review from last year.

    My Soot Bull Jeep Korean BBQ experience in two words. Fire! Fire!

    I'll go back in about six months...The place is that good. The bad stuff is the place has earned a C from the health peeps and I'm surprised the fire peeps haven't closed it down. The place is filled, filled with smoke. Each table contains a bucket sized grill filled with large chunks of hardwood coal. You know how in a movie when there's a fight on top of an old steam train and the train goes into a tunnel. Well you enter Soot Bull Jeep like you just came out of that tunnel.

    I like fire, and you canstantly have to dodge firey embers flying through the air. In other words you're competing with the beef sizzling away on the grill in front of you for medium well.

    The Korean yam vodka was yummy , I sampled enough to terrify my neighbors with my homecoming that night. But if they had seen the squid thay'd of had worse nightmares. Man that thing was a sight.

    We found the beef to be the best tasting. No one complained about the smoke once we were done waiting for a table, 20 min? I made revs but they didn't seem to care.

    The C must come from them dumping raw meat on the grill, directly on top of the meat you've carefully turned to perfection. Oh well, just drink more vodka right.

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    1. re: Hershey Bomar

      This place sounds too scary for me

      I suggest you go to Wae La Oak in beverly hills...they have really nice forks

      1. re: RIVALofFantasista

        Yung Susan (sp?) that Gold describes sounds inviting.

      2. re: Hershey Bomar

        What a great description, this blast sounds like a blast! I had read about it a couple years ago in a mag and still haven't been there, but I'll have to take my friend who's a big fan of the Korean BBQ there. The fact that other Anglenos are calling it scary and fear the pushy waitresses almost ads to its appeal!

      3. soot bull jeep is scary. it's also a bit grundgy because of all that smoke all over the place. the walls seems like they have a layer of oily stuff on them. soot bull jeep is knows for cooking on a bed of hot wood chucks instead of gas grills.

        woo rae oak is cleaner and they use gas grills so the beef supposedly won't taste as good.

        i'm not a big fan of woo rae oak but i'm korean. it's just not that good.

        personally, i would go to chosun kalbi on olympic (near western next to BofA).


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        1. re: RVD


          I was being ULTRA sarcastic about Wae lee oak...It's godawful...

          DOng Il Jang?

          1. re: RIVALofFantasista

            We have been going Dong Il since 1983 on a regular, (once a month or so) basis. Their food is solid without being wonderful. The weakness is the panchan which is very pedestrian and middle of the road boring. On the other hand the chap chae is very good and the bbq is fine. I also get the kalbi jimb and it is also very good. The prices have crept up over the years so they are no bargain.

            The are located on the north east corner of Hobart and 8th street.

          2. re: RVD

            If when you say "woo rae oak" you are referring to the branch of Woo Lae Oak on Western, it's been closed for a few months now.

          3. Suhrubal on Western has charcoal and they are cleaner and nicer than Soot Bull Jeep.

            1. The Grilled meats are great at Soot Bull jeep.

              It is a small place, but you should have no problem getting seated, they seem to push everyone out the door as soon as you're done, especially on weekends.

              1. If you definitely want barbecue, I strongly suggest going to Chosun Galbi on Olympic about a block west of Western. I recently went there with a party of 10 and had a great experience. The restaurant is huge so they don't rush you out the door. Their galbi is solid and their chop chae is some of the best I've ever had.

                If you want to try other things, Sa Rit Gol is a very good choice because they have a more diversified menu, which may be good for any in your group who doesn't want barbecue. It's one of the best all around Korean restaurants around.

                It is also strongly advisable for you to make a reservation for a party that large, even during the work week because both restaurants are actually quite popular.

                I hope you enjoy.

                1. Gee, I've eaten at Soot Bull Jeep four times so far this year, bringing new people with me each time, and it's always been excellent, and all my friends rave about it. The spencer steak is definitely the stand-out item for non-eel foks, and the sides are generous and varied. You come out filthy from the smoke, but it's worth it ;^)

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                  1. re: guu


                    your talmudic instincts are talking to a conference that took place more than 3 years ago. I mean, not at all bad talking to pre- or pos-terity, but there is kind of a musky librarian flavor you can't shake off.

                    1. re: RicRios

                      Well, I orginally came here just to trash Il Crappo, and thought I should visit a few of my faves before disappearing forever. Ciao!

                      1. re: guu

                        I love a good Korean BBQ...Soot Bull Jeep food is good..but waitresses are rude and don't seem to care for non-koreans. When Woo Lae Oak was on Western, it couldn't have been friendlier...with less soot! I suspect msg too in many of these places in their marinades..
                        Depends on your pain threshold...sense of adventure..

                        1. re: limaboy

                          The waitresses don't care and they are in a hurry, but it doesn't bother me at SBJ. They are efficient at bringing out the meats and all of the sides and adding coals, if necessary, to the fire. Beyond that, I don't need service there. I wave them away when they try to keep throwing meat on the grill and then enjoy the food at the pace I want.

                  2. Just don't go when it's busy.

                    One time i saw a waitress there trying to push some people out the door. She decided to put the chicken on the grill and i saw the juice/marinade drip into a guy's beer.

                    I don't ever let them touch my meat anymore.

                    1. My wife and I went for lunch today and it was pretty bad. I didn't so much mind walking out feeling like I'd walked through a forest fire -- I just changed my shirt after and washed my face, and almost felt normal again. The problem was that the food was not very good, the service was pretty aloof, and worst, we both developed quite unhappy digestive systems on the dive home. My wife is Thai so believe me, it wasn't the spices that made her count the minutes till we got home. The funky shopworn ambiance seemed interesting at first, but that's not a positive when if the food is disappointing and your stomach is percolating ten minutes later. We won't be going back.

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                      1. re: DavidK99

                        II have had this place on my must try list for several years but the time has never come around. Now you write a negative review. What makes you say the food was not very good? Could it have been the smoke that made your stomachs start percolating? I know when I am doing some serious log burning in my backyard my stomack gets upset but the meat from the smoker is stil good.

                        Also, your review was fun to read .That line about feeling like you walkied through a forest fire made me LOL. The post by Hershey Bomar up top from a few years ago is likewise funny with the review of "Fire! Fire!" about his experaince at the place. Still I would like to go if just to see the place. My mind is going wild with images of what I might see and smell. What is the cost for a meal. tax, tip and dry cleaning? Should I bring goggles? Will I see cavemen or pictographs of the hunt on the walls?