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we're in LA for a week dstaying in venice. i'm dying to try the kogi bbq but looks like the truck is nowhere near us this week. can i get food to go from albi room? do they have hte whole menu. i have a 5 yr old with me so dont have the option of eating in the bar
i saw another korean place locally near intersection of washington near costcos - cant remember the name anyone know about that it's near the walgren's at the intersection beside a bike shop

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  1. 1. Alibi room does not appear to have takout.
    2. Try Chego on Overaland for another Roy Choi kid friendly location. Three blocks west of Alibi is A Frame, a third Roy Choi restaurant, which is kid friendly, but much pricier than the first two.
    3. Look at the Santa Monica Gourmet Hot Truck roundup on Tuesday nights at the Victorian on Main Street on Tuesday nights 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. No Kogi BBQ, but other good hot trucks and restrooms and tables at the Victorian.
    4. During the Day at on Pennsylvania Ave/26th there are about 6 hot trucks.

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    Kogi
    Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

    Main Street Cafe
    12939 Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840

    Chego
    3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

    1. There's no official "to go" at the Alibi room, but you can just walk out of there with your food. I've done it a number of times. The food comes in disposable containers either way, although it's not covered so if you were planning on keeping it for more than 10 minutes before eating I'd say have some aluminum foil ready in your car. Just go up to the bar, order your food and pay for it, hang around on the chairs or the side wall with your number and someone will bring you the food in 5-10 minutes. Then just walk out! The times I've done it the place has been packed so it's not like anyone working there would have even noticed in a million years. Even if they did I seriously doubt they would care.

      Since the whole operation will take you, say, 15 minutes in and out of your car, it is obviously not an appropriate choice if you are the only person with the 5 yo. If another adult is waiting in the car, then I say chow down right away once you get to the car!

      It's the same food as the trucks, although they don't usually have any specials which the trucks usually do. However if you are a first-time I don't suggest the specials anyway. For a first timer I suggest one order of sliders (2 sliders) and two tacos. That's for one person. Short rib is the best filling but pork and chicken are great too.

      Yeah, I know the Korean BBQ place you're talking about. That's completely different, that's a traditional Korean BBQ restaurant with grills at the table, etc.. Nothing wrong with that, and there are a ton of great places like that in LA, but that's not really what Kogi is.

      I also second the recommendation for Chego, although it can be a bit overwhelming ordering there if you are from out of town and not at all familiar with that kind of food. You might end up getting something that you don't really like. The flavors there are strong, much more so than Kogi, and everything is topped with a fried egg. I LOVE the food there and have had everything on the menu, I'm just saying that I know it wouldn't be friendly on the taste buds of every single person out there.

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      Chego
      3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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      1. re: QualityMart

        Just a suggestion on Chego: the OP and his family might start out simple with the Ooey Gooey Fries, 3PM Meatballs and Kim Chee Sampler, along with one of their beverages. Those are relatively tame items that I think will give the OP just a nudging hint as to what else to expect. If those appeal, maybe try the Sour Cream Henhouse rice bowl and ask for the heaty stuff on the side (if any of the OP's family is heat-sensitive). If heat isn't an issue, order any of the bowls unaltered, but the pork belly or the prime rib plate are good as well.

        The salad is somewhat conventional but we found the quality of the greens to be very good. The prime rib sandwich was good as well - not the best cuts but it's kind of a moot point in this style of food with all of the flavors intermingling. Never tried the desserts, but the list is interesting...

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        Chego
        3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      2. The one in MDR at Lincoln & Washington is called Wharo, which serves traditional Korean BBQ--very different from the fusion food Kogi offers. Essentially, grill your own food (different cuts of beef, pork, chicken and a few shellfish items in marinades). There are also a selection of non-grill items that can be ordered from the menu. While not up to par with the offerings in Koreatown, Wharo does a decent job and offers a good assortment of Korean side dishes (panchan) with the entrees. I am not sure it would be ideal for the average 5 year old, though. You could call the Alibi Room and see whether there is anything they can do to accommodate you but I don't really think the Kogi cuisine travels well. Chego and A Frame, mentioned by altstarr might be better bets if you want to try Roy Choi's take on Korean but the menus at both are not at all similar to Kogi--A Frame (which is down Washington toward Centinela] is rather eclectic and fun but has only a few Korean nods (a radish kimchee and a korean style ribs come to mind) if that is the draw for you. There are a number of (mostly less good) Kogi imitators around, so you should at least be able to find one of those food trucks along Abbott Kinney most evenings.

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        Alibi Room
        12236 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        Wharo
        4029 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

        Chego
        3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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        1. re: New Trial

          We've been to Wharo and other Asian BBQ-type places with our kids when they were as young as two, and as long as they understand that the grill is not to be messed with, and seat them near a corner, the experience can be fun for them. Kids seem to really enjoy the food because all of their primary senses get involved - particularly smell. And the portion sizes are just right - one piece at a time. It's obviously the OP's call, but I thought I'd just throw in our experience with our kids (and other's kids) in this environment...

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          Wharo
          4029 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

        2. Thanks for all the great feedback. I'm salivating - we may have to do more than one of hte choices I think!

          1. Yes, they have the whole menu at Alibi Room, but go early (at opening time) if you want to get a seat and there isn't waitress service so to speak as it's a bar (that also means no one under 21 can be inside).

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            Alibi Room
            12236 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066