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Korean BBQ in the South Bay?

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sparkareno Mar 17, 2011 12:51 PM

My mom is visiting from Michigan so I thought it might be fun for us to try Korean BBQ--neither of us have had it before. I know that Park's is THE place but I really don't feel like driving to K-town on a friday night after work. Is there a decent place that we can go to in Torrance or elsewhere in the South Bay where either the menu is English or they speak English? Like I said, we have never been and want to know what we are ordering and doing. What is the procedure and what should we know beforehand? My mom can't handle spicy so what standard items should she avoid? We are total newbies and not super adventurous eaters but love grilled meats. Any advice & suggestions welcome!
Thanks.

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  1. wienermobile RE: sparkareno Mar 17, 2011 01:46 PM

    There is Wharo in Marina Del Rey on Lincoln Blvd and they do server American Wagyu Beef but I have never eaten there so I can't vouch for them.
    http://www.wharo.com/

    But in my opinion it's well worth the drive to Park's BBQ and the best short ribs I've ever eaten. Wonderful service and they will help you with the menu and the cooking at the table. I drive there from the south bay all the time and believe me it's worth it. Park's is one of my favorite restaurants in all of LA.
    http://www.parksbbq.com/

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

    Wharo
    4029 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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      sparkareno RE: wienermobile Mar 17, 2011 04:20 PM

      Do you know any shortcuts to get there?

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        Servorg RE: sparkareno Mar 17, 2011 04:24 PM

        If going to Wharo you can take Harbor Dr. to Hermosa Ave. to Mahattan Ave. to Highland to Vista Del Mar to Culver Blvd. to Lincoln N to the restaurant (I ride that route all the time on my bicycle).

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          wienermobile RE: sparkareno Mar 17, 2011 04:39 PM

          To get to Park's BBQ from the South Bay I take La Cienega Blvd all the way down (not the 405) then right on Rodeo (at the bottom of the hill by Target), left on Crenshaw, right on Olympic Blvd, left on Vermont Ave and you are there. With luck and good traffic it takes me around 30 minutes.

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

      2. Servorg RE: sparkareno Mar 17, 2011 01:55 PM

        You could try Cho Dang Tofu in Torrance. Just tell the waitress you don't want spicy. Generally when you get Korean BBQ items like bulgogi or kalbi they won't be spicy. Just stay away from the meats that say spicy and you should be good to go.

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/cho-dang-tofu...

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        Cho Dang Tofu
        22549 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

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          raizans RE: sparkareno Mar 17, 2011 10:09 PM

          star bbq or gyu-kaku. the latter is japanese, but it's pretty much the same thing...well, not really.

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          Gyu-Kaku - Torrance
          24631 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

          Star BBQ
          16334 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247

          1. DrBruin RE: sparkareno Mar 17, 2011 10:36 PM

            I would vote for http://www.myyellowcow.com/

            Yellow Cow Korean BBQ Restaurant
            1835 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

            They have pictures on the menus. Nothing is particularly spicy unless you add in the spicy condiments or eat the kimchi. The staff speaks just enough english to take your order but don't plan on debating national monetary policy with them.

            The place was packed when we went. I look for Korean BBQ places with mostly Korean clientele and a few non-Korean people. I would make a reservation if you could.

            I would recommend ordering one of the meat combo's for 2. It's a lot of food. They will give you a ton of the banchan (which are like appetizers) and a huge salad. Eat as much of and whatever you like in the way of banchan and whatever you finish, they will bring you more. The beef will come out raw and they will usually start you off by filling up the grill (especially if you look lost) and help you along but it's pretty much a "you pull it off to eat it when you like the doneness" and put on more meat yourself. It gets busy, so don't expect them to help you the whole night. It's part of the fun of Korean BBQ.

            I would not order anything else (unless you want beer or soju) as there is plenty of food with the combo. My wife usually loves to order bibimbop (a rice dish) but there was so much food (and I'm a healthy eater) that I'm glad we didn't order it. This place was recommended to us by one of her coworkers, who happens to be Korean.

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            Yellow Cow
            1835 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

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              torty RE: sparkareno Mar 18, 2011 03:27 PM

              I like the Korean BBQ in the strip mall on Hawthorne Blvd. at 235th just south of Sepulveda, west side of street in same center as Cost Plus World Market and one of those big Chinese buffets. This would be in Torrance.

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              Cost Plus World Market
              10860 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                Servorg RE: torty Mar 18, 2011 03:39 PM

                Are you thinking of Ma Po Korean BBQ?

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                MA PO Korean B B Q
                22757 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

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                  sparkareno RE: torty Mar 18, 2011 09:19 PM

                  Ok--this is where we went although it was named Yang San Park or something like that. I was a little apprehensive as it wasn't very crowded when we went at 7:30 but we were hungry so went in. The server could not have been more sweet and helpful. The food was good but not cheap. Now that I have got my feet wet I will definately go to K-town and try some of the other places. This was perfect since it was so close and they were so helpful.

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                    bulavinaka RE: sparkareno Mar 19, 2011 07:17 AM

                    Glad you enjoyed your meal! Do you recall what you ordered? We love banchan as much as the mains - what did you think of theirs?

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                      sparkareno RE: bulavinaka Mar 19, 2011 10:53 AM

                      We had the rib eye and also chicken. Came with salad, seaweed soup, pickled seaweed, spinach, veggie pancake, enoki mushrooms wrapped in pickled radish, bean sprouts, mashed potato salad & probably something else. I have nothing to compare it to but some things we liked--some not so much (seaweed) but that might just be us. This place might not be the best food-wise compared to some of the others but for a couple of newbies, we liked the attentive service and explanation of everything.

                2. flylice2x RE: sparkareno Mar 19, 2011 01:07 AM

                  Yellow Cow –Redondo Bch Blvd Gardena
                  Shila Restaurant- Western Ave Gardena
                  Koji BBQ Buffet- Carson/ Western Ave Torrance
                  Garden Buffet BBQ & Seafood-11746 South St, Artesia
                  Furusato BBQ –Western Ave Gardena
                  Just to name a few…

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                  Koji BBQ Buffet
                  1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

                  Yellow Cow
                  1835 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                  Garden Buffet
                  467 Stonewood St, Downey, CA 90241

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                    bulavinaka RE: flylice2x Mar 19, 2011 07:14 AM

                    Hi flylice2x,

                    Is your list in any particular order? We find ourselves in the South Bay a fair amount of the time and knowing which Korean/Korean-style bbq joints to hit would be grand.

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                      mstinawu RE: flylice2x Apr 15, 2011 09:47 AM

                      Shila is pretty good.. I wouldn't recommended Koji. It's not very good, even for AYCE.

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                      Petey McNichols RE: sparkareno May 2, 2011 03:25 PM

                      A new place just opened in Gardena called Chun Cheon Chicken. They're specialty is Dak Galbi but they have other options available and the service is pretty good. English speaking and accommodating to non Koreans.

                      Chun Cheon Chicken
                      16206 S Western Ave
                      Gardena, CA 90247

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