Living in Los Angeles is similar to being a 12 year old fat boy in a room full of birthday cakes. There is so much temptation and you know at some point it’s all going down deep into the depths of your belly! For those of you who don’t know… Korean BBQ is addicting and I’m convinced that Bulgolgi translated to English is crack cocaine. If you live in LA or you plan on visiting, here are a few places that you have to try before you’re six feet underground.
Korean BBQ is no secret to Angelenos, but finding a great restaurant under $10 is. Some people have a different opinion on the authenticity, taste, service and decor but those guys are mostly pompous assholes. This list is for the cheapos and grubbers who want to stretch their ten dollar bill with AYCE (All-You-Can-Eat) meat! So if wanna hang out with your friends or significant other without worrying about the price, you might want to give these places a try.
All of the following places have 3 things in common:
- All You Can Eat (AYCE) Menu starting @ $9.99
- $2 Valet Parking… tip is optional, but you feel guilty if you don’t!
- Good Clean Food… Don’t worry, 4 out of the 5 have A ratings!
#5: Castle BBQ
With a cheesy medieval store front next to a 7-Eleven lies Castle Korean BBQ. The perfect spot to hang out with friends without worrying about the glitz and glam of high end restaurants. The big sign out front has you hooked! “All you can eat KBBQ all day – $9.99”. You mean I can eat all day for less than $10? I’m there! So is everyone else. For such a low price you would think that the food blows, but it’s actually pretty good. Prices vary from $9.99 to $26.99 depending on what types of meat/seafood you order. Seating times can get a little crazy, but at least there’s some entertainment while you wait outside. The semi-famous homeless guy “Hank” is out front playing a broken guitar for money!
473 N Western Ave, Ste 1, Los Angeles, CA 90004, (323) 467-3813
#4: Moon #2 Korean BBQ
There is a less crowded alternative to Castle BBQ located right across the street, but with nicer decor. Moon #2 actually started out as $14.99 AYCE when it first opened but to compete with it’s rival across the street, they lowered the price. With a store front sign displaying “$9.99 All Day” directly pointed across from Castle BBQ is a good advertisement for those outside Castle BBQ waiting to be seated. They have the exact same menu and the food is just as good… if not better.
480 N Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, (323) 465-6707
#3: LA Family House
I didn’t know the name of this place until yesterday. Seriously, I’ve been here a bunch of times and always called it the “white sign place” because there is no English written anywhere other than the menu. You can easily find it off of the street by looking for the big white sign with a picture drawing of a Korean family. The place is not very big, but it is cozy. The staff is super responsive the the table bell and the food is pretty damn good. They always have deals on the Soju, so by all means DO NOT drink responsibly. Get drunk, eat and have a good time!
3077 W 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005, (213) 386-7890
The language barrier is something that always enters into the back of my mind when I go out to eat or travel. Even though Korean is the primary language spoken at Sanya, there are only two English letters they need to know “A” or “B”. They have 2 menus. Menu A consists of 8 types BBQ for $9.99 and Menu B consist of 14 types of BBQ for $14.99. The food is excellent but the service is a little slow due to crowds. So come before peak hours or else you’ll be waiting a while.
2897 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006, (213) 383-1144
#1: O Dae San
I’m really surprised how a nice place like this even has a $9.99 AYCE menu. This place is definitely a step up from the previous 4. Fabulous decor, comfortable seating and a great banchan variety. What more could you ask for? Some of you are probably asking why does this rank #1? Well, the food is just that damn good. The marinade definitely defines it’s status and stands out from other Korean restaurants in the area by the quality of the meat. O Dae San is definitely date worthy and should get you some action afterwards. Give this place a try, you wont regret it.2889 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006, (213) 383-9800
Know of any other good cheap Korean BBQ places in the LA area? If so, please comment below.
Author: J. Spears Photo: Justin Friend/Flickr