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Banchan from Soban restaurant in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
Matthew Kang

20 Exceptional Korean Restaurants to Try in Los Angeles

Where to find Korean barbecue, soups, stews, and banchan

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Banchan from Soban restaurant in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
| Matthew Kang

Koreatown is without question the mecca of Korean cuisine in America. The food served in this vibrant neighborhood, full of neon lights and late nights, is so stellar that even food obsessives visiting from Seoul marvel at its sheer quality and quantity. While most diners are quick to limit Korean food to all-you-can-eat barbecue feasts, there are a tremendous number of regional specialties worth seeking out in and beyond Koreatown. From knife-cut noodles swimming in seafood broths to bubbling cauldrons of spicy stews, here now are 20 essential Korean restaurants in Los Angeles.

Added: Chunju Hanil-Kwan, Mapo Kkak Du Gee, Mun Korean Steakhouse, Kinn, Yerim, HanEuem

Removed: Hanchic, Yangji Gamjatang, Yuk Dae Jang, BCD Tofu House, Ten Raku, Rich Crab

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1. Sun Ha Jang Restaurant

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4032 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 634-9292

Popular Korean duck barbecue spot Sun Ha Jang has opened up a front outdoor patio for one of LA’s most unique tabletop grill styles. After a parade of fatty, delicious duck seared on a skillet, diners get a flavor-packed fried rice to end the meal.

Sun Ha Jang
Sun Ha Jang’s duck fried rice

2. Soban Restaurant

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4001 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 936-9106
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Seafood staple Soban can do no wrong, starting with an amazing array of banchan to begin each meal. The menu features terrific raw crab in one of two forms, either a garlicky soy sauce or thick spicy red pepper sauce, as well as pan-fried fish and spicy braised black cod (or opt for the spicy beef short ribs instead).

Soban Restaurant
Soban Restaurant
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3. Daedo Sikdang

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4001 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 322-2559
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One of LA’s newest Korean barbecue players, this place already has a massive wait thanks to its lack of reservations and popularity on social media. The simple beef menu features certified angus beef ribeye sliced into three cuts and seared on a cast iron skillet. The sides are pretty elemental too, from the yeolmu guksu to the pan-fried kkakdugi rice.

Grilling ribeye at Daedo Sikdang in LA’s Koreatown.
Grilling ribeye at Daedo Sikdang.
Wonho Frank Lee

4. Chosun Galbee

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3330 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 734-3330
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One of LA’s longest-running Korean barbecue restaurants continues to excel at two things: quality and classic flavors. With a large outdoor dining space and a solid takeout situation, Chosun has endured because of its dedicated following and impressive execution. Try the naengmyeon with a combination meat platter to impress anyone looking for great Korean barbecue.

Chosun Galbee kkotssal arrayed on a plate
Chosun Galbee kkotssal
Chosun Galbee

5. Han Bat Shul Lung Tang

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4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 383-9499
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The cloudy bone marrow broth here is legendary, as is the tender slabs of brisket and various organ meats floating in it. The menu here is very simple — seolleongtang only. Build the meal with seasonings, kimchi, and rice, along with a dash of salt and sprinkling of green onions.

Han Bat Sullungtang

6. HanEuem by Chef Kang

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539 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 388-8988

Chef Kang. The name pops up in restaurants around town at places like Sul Box, Food Truck, and Salmon Talk, but chef Wonsuk “John” Kang’s best restaurant might be HanEuem, a modern Korean drinking spot with upscale versions of classic dishes that would feel appropriate in Gangnam or Apgujeong in Seoul. The modeum jeon, a basket of various bits of battered fried meats and vegetables, is the most popular thing to order, but the stews and braised Wagyu beef ribs are tasty too.

Fried jun from HanEuem in Koreatown in a wicker basket.
Fried jun from HanEuem in Koreatown.
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7. Kinn

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3905 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 291-0888
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Chef Ki Kim comes to LA’s Koreatown with a modest but polished tasting menu in a tiny dining room along Sixth Street. The Korean touches are creative, throwing in both cheeky dishes like a prosciutto and dungeness crab-filled corn dog to an elegant seared mackerel with perilla oil. Kinn is probably the most interesting, reasonably priced tasting menu in the city right now.

K-corn dog with prosciutto, dungeness crab and homemade ketchup at Kinn on a glass plate.
K-corn dog with prosciutto, dungeness crab and homemade ketchup at Kinn.
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8. Yerim Korean BBQ

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300 S Hobart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 380-9292

There’s a lot of all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue in LA, but perhaps none has stood the test of time as Yerim, which retains excellent overall quality for a modest price of under $50 for most menu options. The tender, flavorful meat coupled with free-flowing drinks and attentive service make this a solid pick for groups that need a lot of KBBQ in one sitting.

9. MDK Noodles (Myung Dong Kyoja)

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3630 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 385-7789
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Formerly known as Myung Dong Kyoja, the easier to pronounce MDK has the same carb-laden menu of knife-cut noodles, pork dumplings, and chewy spicy cold noodles called jjolmyeon.

Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles in a white tray.
Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles
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10. Mapo Kkak Doo Gee

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3611 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 736-6668

This classic K-Town restaurant had an ownership change in recent years, but longtime customers likely won’t tell the different on the plate. Everything from the stellar radish banchan (the restaurant’s namesake) to the seared fish tastes as it should, which is to say, just like a grandmother’s cooking. The tiny, packed dining room filled mostly with Koreans should be a key indicator that this place remains a community fixture.

Fried atka mackerel fish from Mapo Kkak Du Gee in LA’s Koreatown on a white plate.
Fried atka mackerel fish from Mapo Kkak Du Gee in LA’s Koreatown.
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11. Mun Korean Steakhouse

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3519 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 355-3634
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Koreatown’s Korean barbecue places can sometimes feel like clubs, from the ever-packed Quarters to the boisterous main dining room at Park’s barbecue. Mun takes it up a notch with a fixed menu of high quality meats and decent banchan but served in a cocktail lounge-style room with booming electro tunes and rapid service.

Grilled beef at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Los Angeles in a grill pan.
Grilled beef at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Los Angeles.
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12. Hangari Kalguksu

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3470 W 6th St Suite 9 10
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-2326
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With some of the finest knife-cut noodles in town, Hangari regularly fields ridiculously long waits. The dumplings and boribap-style banchan starter are also terrific here. As for the noodles, both the clam and the chicken noodles are worth trying.

13. Sun Nong Dan

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3470 W 6th St #7
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 365-0303
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Koreatown’s all-night galbi jjim destination comes with tender chunks of short rib, chewy rice cakes, and tons of spice. While the soups are more than respectable, crowds wait in line for the meat festival in a stone bowl. Top the galbi jjim with cheese to take it to the next level. There’s a big new location along Western Avenue as well in the former Sizzler building.

14. Chunju Han-Il Kwan

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3450 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 480-1799
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The nostalgia factor at this old school Koreatown restaurant is high. With a wide menu of traditional dishes, like a superb seafood pancake and budae jjigae, this is a solid pick for anyone who wants classic versions of Korean dishes served in a weathered dining room. Prices are reasonable too.

Banchan and budae jjigae from Chunju Han-il Kwan in LA’s Koreatown.
Banchan and budae jjigae from Chunju Han-il Kwan in LA’s Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

15. Surawon Tofu House

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2833 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 383-7317

Koreatown loves soondubu, the silken tofu stew popularized at places like BCD and Beverly Soontofu. But Surawon Tofu House makes its own tofu on the premises, resulting in a rich, almost nutty tofu with a lot more complexity. The combo deals here are fantastic too, such as the one with fried mackerel big enough to split for two.

Soontdubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon in Koreatown.
Soontubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon
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16. Seong Buk Dong

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3303 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 738-8977

This restaurant might be on the small side, but it serves up well-crafted traditional Korean dishes with huge flavor. The braised short ribs is a table-pleaser, along with the strong pot bibimbap. The spicy-braised mackerel is the show stopper, with layers of rich flavor that go perfectly when spooned over the multi-grain rice.

Seong Buk Dong
Seong Buk Dong
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17. Park's Barbeque

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955 S Vermont Ave G
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717
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This is the premier Korean barbecue restaurant in Koreatown, and Park’s delivers with prime grade meats served at the table, along with a slew of other traditional Korean dishes in a clean, smoke-less ambiance. The quality of the meat and banchan is simply unsurpassed, rivaling some of the best in Seoul itself. The front parking lot has been converted into an outdoor Korean barbecue setup for additional seating.

Park’s BBQ

18. Kobawoo House

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3069 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Though lunch time crowds go for the bossam, a Korean specialty featuring pork belly slices and accoutrements, it’s worth trying the traditional dishes as well. The hulking seafood pajeon is a classic, as well as the kimchi stew in a stone pot. The classic, dimly lit dining room is now open again.

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Kobawoo House
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19. Olympic Restaurant

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2528 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 480-1107

Nestled into a strip mall in Koreatown, this old school gem has the kind of food a Korean grandma only cooks for her favorite people. Koreans call this Olympic Cheonggukjang, calling out the ultra-fermented soybean paste stew that has incredibly rich, deep umami flavor. The fried fish and spicy grilled pork are also excellent.

Spread at Olympic Cheonggukjang
Olympioc Cheonggukjang
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20. Eighth Street Soondae

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2703 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 487-0038

This sundae (not the ice cream) specialist does the Korean blood sausage right, with the classic sliced preparation that makes a great snack or good hangover cure. It can also be ordered in a large soup or stir-fry that’s good for sharing. Probably the best place for sundae on the West Coast, if not America. (Yes, the Korean government prefers we spell the dish like the ice cream dessert).

Eighth Street Soondae
Eighth Street Soondae
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1. Sun Ha Jang Restaurant

4032 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Sun Ha Jang
Sun Ha Jang’s duck fried rice

Popular Korean duck barbecue spot Sun Ha Jang has opened up a front outdoor patio for one of LA’s most unique tabletop grill styles. After a parade of fatty, delicious duck seared on a skillet, diners get a flavor-packed fried rice to end the meal.

4032 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

2. Soban Restaurant

4001 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Soban Restaurant
Soban Restaurant
GastronomyBlog

Seafood staple Soban can do no wrong, starting with an amazing array of banchan to begin each meal. The menu features terrific raw crab in one of two forms, either a garlicky soy sauce or thick spicy red pepper sauce, as well as pan-fried fish and spicy braised black cod (or opt for the spicy beef short ribs instead).

4001 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

3. Daedo Sikdang

4001 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Grilling ribeye at Daedo Sikdang in LA’s Koreatown.
Grilling ribeye at Daedo Sikdang.
Wonho Frank Lee

One of LA’s newest Korean barbecue players, this place already has a massive wait thanks to its lack of reservations and popularity on social media. The simple beef menu features certified angus beef ribeye sliced into three cuts and seared on a cast iron skillet. The sides are pretty elemental too, from the yeolmu guksu to the pan-fried kkakdugi rice.

4001 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

4. Chosun Galbee

3330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Chosun Galbee kkotssal arrayed on a plate
Chosun Galbee kkotssal
Chosun Galbee

One of LA’s longest-running Korean barbecue restaurants continues to excel at two things: quality and classic flavors. With a large outdoor dining space and a solid takeout situation, Chosun has endured because of its dedicated following and impressive execution. Try the naengmyeon with a combination meat platter to impress anyone looking for great Korean barbecue.

3330 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

5. Han Bat Shul Lung Tang

4163 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Han Bat Sullungtang

The cloudy bone marrow broth here is legendary, as is the tender slabs of brisket and various organ meats floating in it. The menu here is very simple — seolleongtang only. Build the meal with seasonings, kimchi, and rice, along with a dash of salt and sprinkling of green onions.

4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

6. HanEuem by Chef Kang

539 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Fried jun from HanEuem in Koreatown in a wicker basket.
Fried jun from HanEuem in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

Chef Kang. The name pops up in restaurants around town at places like Sul Box, Food Truck, and Salmon Talk, but chef Wonsuk “John” Kang’s best restaurant might be HanEuem, a modern Korean drinking spot with upscale versions of classic dishes that would feel appropriate in Gangnam or Apgujeong in Seoul. The modeum jeon, a basket of various bits of battered fried meats and vegetables, is the most popular thing to order, but the stews and braised Wagyu beef ribs are tasty too.

539 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

7. Kinn

3905 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
K-corn dog with prosciutto, dungeness crab and homemade ketchup at Kinn on a glass plate.
K-corn dog with prosciutto, dungeness crab and homemade ketchup at Kinn.
Scrumphus

Chef Ki Kim comes to LA’s Koreatown with a modest but polished tasting menu in a tiny dining room along Sixth Street. The Korean touches are creative, throwing in both cheeky dishes like a prosciutto and dungeness crab-filled corn dog to an elegant seared mackerel with perilla oil. Kinn is probably the most interesting, reasonably priced tasting menu in the city right now.

3905 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

8. Yerim Korean BBQ

300 S Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020

There’s a lot of all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue in LA, but perhaps none has stood the test of time as Yerim, which retains excellent overall quality for a modest price of under $50 for most menu options. The tender, flavorful meat coupled with free-flowing drinks and attentive service make this a solid pick for groups that need a lot of KBBQ in one sitting.

300 S Hobart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90020

9. MDK Noodles (Myung Dong Kyoja)

3630 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles in a white tray.
Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles
Matthew Kang

Formerly known as Myung Dong Kyoja, the easier to pronounce MDK has the same carb-laden menu of knife-cut noodles, pork dumplings, and chewy spicy cold noodles called jjolmyeon.

3630 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

10. Mapo Kkak Doo Gee

3611 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Fried atka mackerel fish from Mapo Kkak Du Gee in LA’s Koreatown on a white plate.
Fried atka mackerel fish from Mapo Kkak Du Gee in LA’s Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

This classic K-Town restaurant had an ownership change in recent years, but longtime customers likely won’t tell the different on the plate. Everything from the stellar radish banchan (the restaurant’s namesake) to the seared fish tastes as it should, which is to say, just like a grandmother’s cooking. The tiny, packed dining room filled mostly with Koreans should be a key indicator that this place remains a community fixture.

3611 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

11. Mun Korean Steakhouse

3519 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Grilled beef at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Los Angeles in a grill pan.
Grilled beef at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Los Angeles.
Matthew Kang

Koreatown’s Korean barbecue places can sometimes feel like clubs, from the ever-packed Quarters to the boisterous main dining room at Park’s barbecue. Mun takes it up a notch with a fixed menu of high quality meats and decent banchan but served in a cocktail lounge-style room with booming electro tunes and rapid service.

3519 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

12. Hangari Kalguksu

3470 W 6th St Suite 9 10, Los Angeles, CA 90010

With some of the finest knife-cut noodles in town, Hangari regularly fields ridiculously long waits. The dumplings and boribap-style banchan starter are also terrific here. As for the noodles, both the clam and the chicken noodles are worth trying.

3470 W 6th St Suite 9 10
Los Angeles, CA 90010

13. Sun Nong Dan

3470 W 6th St #7, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Koreatown’s all-night galbi jjim destination comes with tender chunks of short rib, chewy rice cakes, and tons of spice. While the soups are more than respectable, crowds wait in line for the meat festival in a stone bowl. Top the galbi jjim with cheese to take it to the next level. There’s a big new location along Western Avenue as well in the former Sizzler building.

3470 W 6th St #7
Los Angeles, CA 90020

14. Chunju Han-Il Kwan

3450 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Banchan and budae jjigae from Chunju Han-il Kwan in LA’s Koreatown.
Banchan and budae jjigae from Chunju Han-il Kwan in LA’s Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

The nostalgia factor at this old school Koreatown restaurant is high. With a wide menu of traditional dishes, like a superb seafood pancake and budae jjigae, this is a solid pick for anyone who wants classic versions of Korean dishes served in a weathered dining room. Prices are reasonable too.

3450 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

15. Surawon Tofu House

2833 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Soontdubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon in Koreatown.
Soontubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon
Matthew Kang

Koreatown loves soondubu, the silken tofu stew popularized at places like BCD and Beverly Soontofu. But Surawon Tofu House makes its own tofu on the premises, resulting in a rich, almost nutty tofu with a lot more complexity. The combo deals here are fantastic too, such as the one with fried mackerel big enough to split for two.

2833 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

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16. Seong Buk Dong

3303 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Seong Buk Dong
Seong Buk Dong
Byron Y./Yelp

This restaurant might be on the small side, but it serves up well-crafted traditional Korean dishes with huge flavor. The braised short ribs is a table-pleaser, along with the strong pot bibimbap. The spicy-braised mackerel is the show stopper, with layers of rich flavor that go perfectly when spooned over the multi-grain rice.

3303 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

17. Park's Barbeque

955 S Vermont Ave G, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Park’s BBQ

This is the premier Korean barbecue restaurant in Koreatown, and Park’s delivers with prime grade meats served at the table, along with a slew of other traditional Korean dishes in a clean, smoke-less ambiance. The quality of the meat and banchan is simply unsurpassed, rivaling some of the best in Seoul itself. The front parking lot has been converted into an outdoor Korean barbecue setup for additional seating.

955 S Vermont Ave G
Los Angeles, CA 90006

18. Kobawoo House

3069 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
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Kobawoo House
Irving B./Yelp

Though lunch time crowds go for the bossam, a Korean specialty featuring pork belly slices and accoutrements, it’s worth trying the traditional dishes as well. The hulking seafood pajeon is a classic, as well as the kimchi stew in a stone pot. The classic, dimly lit dining room is now open again.

3069 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

19. Olympic Restaurant

2528 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Spread at Olympic Cheonggukjang
Olympioc Cheonggukjang
Matthew Kang

Nestled into a strip mall in Koreatown, this old school gem has the kind of food a Korean grandma only cooks for her favorite people. Koreans call this Olympic Cheonggukjang, calling out the ultra-fermented soybean paste stew that has incredibly rich, deep umami flavor. The fried fish and spicy grilled pork are also excellent.

2528 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

20. Eighth Street Soondae

2703 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Eighth Street Soondae
Eighth Street Soondae
Angiel T./Yelp

This sundae (not the ice cream) specialist does the Korean blood sausage right, with the classic sliced preparation that makes a great snack or good hangover cure. It can also be ordered in a large soup or stir-fry that’s good for sharing. Probably the best place for sundae on the West Coast, if not America. (Yes, the Korean government prefers we spell the dish like the ice cream dessert).

2703 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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