Chef Kang’s is a Korean-American spot on Vermont with a massive menu that includes everything from hot dogs and mapo tofu to bacon sliders topped with wasabi ranch. But the two things you really want to focus on are the fried chicken and the spicy seafood noodle soup. The chicken is served with a myriad of sauce options, but we recommend the honey butter and the spicy soy garlic. As far as the soup goes, be sure to bring some friends along, because the $12 portion is enough to feed three grown adults.
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Koreatown’s Soban is a Korean spot featuring a very good black cod dish and bountiful banchan.
Biriyani Kabob House
Biriyani Kabob House is a Little Bangladesh spot with one of our favorite dishes in LA: Hyderabadi lamb shank biriyani.
Guelaguetza is a Oaxacan spot in Koreatown that’s one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.
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Baroo Canteen is a Korean-ish food stall in an East Hollywood swapmeet that’s serving some of the most unique food in LA.
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Ddong Ggo is a lively Koreatown bar with a smoked-filled patio and excellent fried chicken.
Soot Bull Jeep
One of the only barbecue spots in Koreatown that still only uses coal, Soot Bull Jeep specializes in baby back ribs that are sweet and tender.
Tokyo Hamburg is a rowdy Japanese restaurant in Koreatown that feels like a party from the moment you walk in.
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