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Korean BBQ in San Fernando Valley

Are there any recomendations for a Korean BBQ in the SFV? I work in Woodland Hills.

Thank you in advance

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  1. Here is one previous thread on the subject from 2007. We have been to the Pine Tree in Northridge a couple of times. Serviceable if you can't get to K town.


    Pine Tree Korean Restaurant
    8322 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

    1. I've been to the Pine Tree. It's quite good. I also go to the Evergreen (Cho Eum) in the shopping center at White Oak and Sherman Way.

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      1. re: caille en sarcophage

        I think Maru in Northridge is pretty good, and they ahve all you can eat. My cousin tells me Shik do Rak is where to go in the Valley though, and nothing else compares to the best of Ktown.

        1. re: waterisgood

          I just tried the Shik do Rak in the Valley, and it really is way better than Maru, which is to say it's very comparable to the best of Koreatown. I will only be going to Shik do Rak for korean bbq when limited to the Valley now.

        2. re: caille en sarcophage

          Pine Tree is closed.

          Pine Tree Restaurant
          25890 Western Ave, Harbor City, CA 90710

          1. re: selfportrait93

            I read elsewhere that they are remodeling (and still answering their phone - although I have not called to check that myself) and will be reopening by the end of the year.

        3. I also like Pine Tree. It's a cut above Duk Su Jang, the only other Valley Korean restaurant I've tried.

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          1. re: Dogbite Williams

            Pine Tree has gone out of business. Dadgummit.

          2. At Pine Tree, I let the kitchen cook for me. At Shik Do Rak, I have no choice but to cook it myself. Both are very good.

            1. Is it kosher to recommend Kogi here? 'Korean-Mexican fusion' isn't Korean BBQ in the traditional sense, but it's one of my favorite foods in all of LA right now. The trucks get up our way as far as Granada Hills, Encino and Studio City. The tacos are the thing, for me and everyone I know who's had Kogi. (Putting kimchi in a quesadilla, e.g., is 2-3 mouthfeels too many.)

              1. I still think Il Auk Jo is one of the better places in the Valley. Maroo is average and has sushi (but who goes to a Korean BBQ for sushi, right?), their banchan sucks though. Il Auk Jo has better banchan and cuts the kogi to your request (if you want a leaner cut, request it and you get it). Evergreen isn't bad either, decent banchan and kimchi.

                Il Auk Jo is located on Saticoy near Winnetka, next to the Korean church and also serves all you can eat.

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                1. re: jess429

                  Is Il Auk Jo open? Saw notice on Yelp that they closed about 6 months ago . . .

                2. Fresh Korean BBQ in Van Nuys is always my stand by. Cheap, smokey, delicious.

                  1. Grandma Kim's is hands down the best in Canoga Park on Topanga Blvd

                    Try it and you'll agree!


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                    1. re: Hypnotic23

                      Perhaps you got lucky. The quality of the food went down and the service was lousy the last few times we went. Shik Do Rak has done much better keeping us as customers.

                      1. re: Gnoop

                        I've eaten lunch at Shik Do Rak twice and I am happy.