What makes the Korean restaurant scene in Los Angeles especially exciting is the fact that there's constant (and fierce) competition within a roughly three-mile square from Western Ave. to Vermont Ave., bound by 3rd Street and Olympic Blvd. The turnover in tenants at these buildings is tremendous, with invigorated entrepreneurs sprouting their newest restaurants from the ashes of another's closure.
Considering this, there's probably no restaurant that's seen as many gimmicky reiterations per capita than Korean barbecue. As the saying goes, if your Korean barbecue can make it here, it can make it anywhere (or something like that).
This special Eater Barbecue Week edition of the Korean grilled meat heatmap brings a couple of intriguing newcomers — including a serious contender for the all-you-can-eat crown — and a couple oldies getting some national-level exposure that might be due for a resurgence. Add to that a restaurant trying to make a healthier take on bulgogi and a couple mainstays offering intriguing carnivorous takes on the format, and you'd get the eight hottest Korean barbecue restaurants in LA.Read More