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Best places to eat near Korea town?

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We will be staying at the Shelter hotel on Mariposa near Wilshire Blvd. Any suggestions of the best places to eat? We are open to trying almost anything and cant wait to explore the area.

110 Pine Ave Ste 400, Long Beach, CA 90802

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  1. Park's BBQ has some of the best Korean BBQ you'll ever eat. They have the best cuts of beef in LA. Their short ribs are truly amazing. Very friendly staff that will help you with everything (including grilling your meat at your table) A true dining treat. One of my favorite restaurants in all of LA.

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

    1. Pollo a la Brasa - best Peruvian chicken ever!

      Soot Bull Jeep

      Park's BBQ

      Also near Koreatown is Langer's for great pastrami sandwiches.

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

      Soot Bull Jeep
      3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

      1. If you enjoy "old school" type places then you should take in Taylor's Steakhouse on 8th Street. For Oaxacan food try Guelaguetza on Olympic Blvd.

        Taylor's Steakhouse
        3361 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

        3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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        1. re: Servorg

          One other thought. The other Guelaquetza location on 8th Street became Pal Cabron. It specializes in only cemitas, clayudas and antojitos.

          Pal Cabron
          2560 E Gage Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

        2. Ham Ji Park for pork: the ribs and the pork-neck-potato soup are two of my favorite tastes in town.

          Dung Sung Sa is a Korean pub - dark, smokey, with tasty tidbits to nibble on...it won't win any James Beard awards but is a classic, underground Korean-LA experience. Similar, but different, is a the OB Bear pub.

          Mom-n-Pop Korean place - Mapo House. Love the Dough Flake Soup and banchan

          Ham Ji Park
          3407 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

          1. Beverly Soon Tofu. Get a combo. Nice complex stew and good grilled meats.

            Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant
            2717 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

            1. i agree with all of these suggestions ESPECIALLY Parks bbq- the service is very helpful! they were concerned that my cod was too spicy and at the end of my meal this woman comes over and is cooking an egg concoction for me to help if was too spicy. i LOVE this place. I also love soot bull jeep, but we're talking opposite of helpful here. beverly soon tofu is great also- and nothing but friendly service when i went. there's also a soon tofu place right across the street that's supposed to be great as well, but i can't remember the name. guelaguetza is a lot of fun! when i went a band was playing and the food was great. one other suggestion - A WON. i think it's korean sushi but we usually get the cooked makerel or their famous salad tossed with rice & sashimi. if you go there, only get one of those and share along with something else b/c it's HUGE. enjoy! korea town is my favorite!

              1. We'd probably be remiss if we didn't point out that your hotel is near the purple line subway. So if you won't have a car here's a good thread discussing what's near the purple and red line subway stations:


                And another for the gold line light rail, which you can link up with by taking the purple line to Union Station:


                1. I'm a big fan of Western Doma Noodles...

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                  1. re: tissue

                    YES YES YES, me too! I crave it all the time! It's amazing! The spicy seafood soup is so fantastic!

                  2. Lots of great suggestions here. For a late-night snack it's worth noting you are right around the corner from Kyo-Chon fried chicken.

                    Best if you have a few drinks at the HMS Bounty first. Also within walking distance of your hotel.

                    Kyochon Chicken
                    3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                    The HMS Bounty
                    3357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

                    1. For KBBQ:
                      -Park's BBQ: largely considered the best korean bbq available in LA. They specialize in beef, and depending on what you order, it's easy to spend a pretty penny there.
                      -Ham Ji Park: Order the pork ribs and the pork neck potato stew. Cheaper, much more rustic than what you'll find at Park's.

                      Korean fried chicken:
                      -Kyochon: accept no other options. Not very expensive and a great casual eat. Of course you're obliged to eat the soy wings and spicy wings.

                      Korean beef soup:
                      -Han Bat Sul Lung Tang: a great hangover soup, or just a great soup in general.

                      Peruvian rotisserie chicken:
                      Pollo alla Brassa: again another cheap casual option. It's basically a shack that houses a stack of wood almost as large as the building itself. A great lunch option, very cheap.

                      If you're not adverse to hopping on the Metro to eat something besides Korean food, you can take the subway (yes LA has a subway, albeit a simple one) into Little Tokyo where a number of options open up.

                      -Lazy Ox: think unique global pub fare / small bites. A great place to try a number of different flavors and cuts of meat. Reasonable selection of wine and beer to imbibe on.
                      -Wurskutche: a large casual space modeled after the German beer-hall. Lots of German and Belgium beers to drink along with your choice of gourmet sausage and fries.

                      Little Tokyo Restaurant
                      150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773