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Oct 28, 2010 01:57 PM

Parks vs. Tsuruhashi

For the folks who have been to both: Would Parks be a revelation for someone who has been to Tsuruhashi several times?

18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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  1. No.

    While Park's BBQ is better than Tsuruhashi, you have to appreciate the wider variety on Tsuruhashi's menu. Park's is more laser focused in what it offers (mainly beef), but you have more options with Tsuruhashi, incl. things like pork and chicken.

    The only thing that truly separates Park's from just about every other Korean BBQ joint out there is the Kobe style beef (not Wagyu, but Kobe style), which is indeed outstanding on all levels (as well as the Wagyu short ribs in my opinion).

    But is this by itself to make Park's so much better than Tsuruhashi as it make a visit "revelatory"? Probably not, but it's still worth a visit nonetheless.

    Hope that helps.

    Park's BBQ
    955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

    18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

    2 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit

      Is the Kobe an off-menu item? What's the serving/price?

      1. re: ramenbound

        No, it's on the menu.

        Market price, limited availability, call ahead.

        Enjoy (and have an extra piece for me).

    2. I actually prefer Tsuruhashi. The quality of product at Park's is very high, but IMHO you have to go with a lot of people to get the most out of it, because each order is so much larger. I tried two types of galbi and the pork belly, and while it was all good, I expected it to be much better based on the posts here.

      As far as the galbi goes, I prefer the marinade at Tsuruhashi. I just wish the Kobe prime cap rib-eye wasn't always sold out.

      1. Hi JAB,

        I'd say I like Tsuruhashi more than Park's, but that's more of a personal preference (Tsuruhashi has more manageable cuts of meat than the giant (delicious) slabs at Park's :). And as ipse says, Tsuruhashi has a great selection of items (wider variety, very good), than Park's.

        I wouldn't think it's worth a ~2 - 3 hour roundtrip (depending on when you're driving up) when you have Tsuruhashi near you. :)

        18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708