Banchan is a staple of a meal in Koreatown, but Soban goes beyond. There are 16 different side dishes here, from vinegar-y lotus root and shishitos to excellent boiled potatoes. When it comes to main courses, the black cod is their speciality - it’s slow-braised, and comes with a spicy red sauce and radishes. It’s very good, but we actually like the galbi jjim (short rib) more - it’s simple, salty, and reminds us of really excellent beef stew.
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Mateo’s Ice Cream & Fruit Bars
Mateo’s Ice Cream & Fruit Bars is the Oaxacan-style paleta palace of your dreams.
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Sun Nong Dan
This spot on 6th Street is open 24 hours, and is always packed with groups huddled over one of our favorite dishes in Koreatown - their galbi jjim.
Jae Bu Do (제부도)
Jae Bu Do in East Hollywood is the place to go for Korean Seafood BBQ. You’ll burn your tongue on giant oysters, but you’ll probably have a good time.
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Tokyo Hamburg is a rowdy Japanese restaurant in Koreatown that feels like a party from the moment you walk in.
Pollo A La Brasa
Pollo A La Brasa is not only the best Peruvian-style chicken spot in Koreatown, it’s one of the best places to eat in the entire neighborhood.
OB Bear has some of the best bar food in Koreatown, and folks line up early for the chicken wings.
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