With this post I firmly jump into the corner of those who have sung the praises of Park's BBQ. Park's, on Vermont south of 9th Street, is among the best Korean Barbeques around. Nearly everything about this charcoal grill contender was superb.
The Kalbi at Park's (#3 on the menu) is amazing. The big, thick cut short ribs explode with juice. They are thick and rich, fatty but not so much that you feel like you are just chawing on a big hunk of fat, which can happen with kalbi. It really is the perfect kalbi.
The panchan is also delicious and varies some from the standard. There is a creamy potato salad with raisins as well as a sweet potato salad, a dish of marinated, sliced potatoes and a variety of pickles, greens and other more standard panchan all of which are excellent.
The service at Park's also stands out, particularly in comparison to other Korean BBQ places which tend to have a, how should I say, laissez faire attitude about service. In contrast, Park's servers were friendly, attentive and helpful.
Park's definitely sets a new standard for my neighborhood's most popular cuisine.
955 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90006