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Park's vs. Kang Hodong Baekjeong?

I've never been to either place and want to try one of them with my brother, who is a Korean food lover and is visiting from out of town next week. What I have gleaned from Yelp so far is that Kang Hodong Baekjeong is the most popular Korean BBQ place at the moment, and that Park's takes reservations but is more expensive while Kang Hodong Baekjeong doesn't take reservations but is less expensive. I'd love to know more about the food - which has the best meat (or is one particular kind better at each place)? What about banchan? And any standout non-BBQ dishes? Please share!

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  1. This is like comparing a Bentley to a BMW. The price is more than negated by the higher quality of meat you get at Park's plus the ability to make a reservation and not deal with the circus at KHB.

    1. General rule for buying meat at park's

      #1 of guests - 1 +a side

      ie 5 guests, buy 4 meats + large cold noodles
      total price approx 4x$25 + $15 = $115/4, or ~$29pp

      This strategy has never failed me.

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      1. re: ns1

        good god, man, you left out the hite.

        1. re: linus

          that should be obvious to any drinker =P

      2. I stopped going to KHB after the lines became ridiculous.

        I'll gladly go to a pricier place that takes reservations.

        No time to be waiting around

        1. Thanks for the feedback - I made a reservation at Park's!

          1. I like Park's, and would choose Park's over KHB even if the latter took reservations.

            KHB just seems a bit gimmicky. Food is fine enough but I do think the steamed egg thing is pretty awesome (not a big of that corn cheese thing, though).

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I've never been to or even heard of KHB until right now. What makes it gimmicky?

              1. re: Butter Fight

                It's owned by a Korean wrestler/comedian I believe.

                1. re: TheOffalo

                  And it has pictures and placemats of the comedian all over the restaurant.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    …but besides, that, the food is pretty damn fine, especially once you factor in the price, 2hr wait notwithstanding.
                    If the "gimmick" only extends to the identity of the owner, is that an automatic disqualification for you?

                    Though I agree that Parks has the better (read: top) quality product of all the BBQ places in Ktown.

                    1. re: jdwdeville

                      Yes, agreed.

                      Like I said up above, KHB is fine enough, but given the choice between it and Park's, I would do Park's even if KHB took reservations.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I suppose I'd agree with you if I felt the prices were equal, but somehow (big eyes, bigger stomach) I always end up paying significantly more at Park's.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                I went there with a very picky Korean friend and had an excellent meal - the pork neck was splendid. Excellent banchan, too. We were lucky and waited only about ten minutes, but I'd be willing to wait longer to have that again.