Korean food is hot right now, and L.A.’s always-bustling Koreatown is home to some of the best restaurants around. Here are a few spots you won’t want to miss.


Celebrity chef Roy Choi’s latest venture resides inside The Line, a funky K-town hotel. It’s a hipster hangout for sure, with inventive cocktails, blood soups and hot pots on the fusion menu. Rich and spicy Korean-American stews are served up in stainless steel pots and are best shared. For dessert, pick up a mocha chip cookie (voted L.A.’s best) at POT Cafe on your way out.

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

Barbecue comes as naturally to Koreans as bangers to the Brits. Enticing aromas and puffs of smoke waft through the air at this bustling spot. Marinated short ribs and pork belly are the most popular to barbecue, but not by you; servers grill the meat on the tabletop grill and slice up perfectly charred morsels on your behalf. Rounding out your feast are a variety of sides including cold soup, green onion pancake and kimchi. 

Han Bat Sul Lung Tang 

This unassuming joint churns out a traditional soup called sul lung tang (a.k.a. ox bone soup): thin, flavourful slices of meat and translucent glass noodles swimming in a milky white broth. It is served with accompanying rice, scallions and hot sauce, so you can customize the taste and texture to your liking.


Korean fried chicken is the name of the game at this popular outpost. Fresh, never-frozen birds are flash-fried in canola oil, producing crisp-skinned, juicy bites. Wings are slathered in a variety of seasonings including “KyoChon-style,” a spicy sauce that stays on your tongue long after the meat disappears. 

BCD Tofu House 

With more than 50 menu items under US$20, this bustling spot earns top marks for value. Organic tofu soup arrives bubbling inside mini iron pots with your choice of protein. Combine it with galbi, marinated barbecued short ribs, and your taste buds will thank you.