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Charcoal in the Park September 25, 2007

Filed under: restaurants — Raven @ 11:27 pm
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charcoal.JPGPark’s is another charcoal KBBQ (see the pic for proof!). However, I have to say I barely noticed the charcoal (although I probably smelled like it when I left). The grill concealed it from view, and the charcoal didn’t remind us it was there by shooting up huge flames. And I didn’t really register the smoky flavor, if there was one.

My favorite meat was this one:

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I’ve conveniently forgotten exactly what we ordered, so I can’t really say which meat that was. All I know is it was the tastiest, partly because it was thicker than the others, so it held more flavor. Some of the others were sliced too thin, I felt, particularly the tongue, which I prevailed on the table to order (some people had never tried it before, but it didn’t take too much prevailing). I’m a big fan of tongue, but you have to be able to actually taste it, which you can’t when it’s in thin little slices. p1010085.JPGSo the meat passes in my book, but it wasn’t what really stood out.

What really stood out was the panchan, which were among the best I’ve ever had. They included some little eggy pancakes (hard to go wrong with pancakes), a cold mashed squash salad (yum!), some greens with crumbled tofu, and many other delicious items. We also ordered pa jeon (green onion pancakes) for the table. I love those, and they didn’t disappoint. They were just the right amount of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.p1010089.JPG

Overall, I felt the panchan and the service were outstanding, the meat was fine but I wouldn’t need to write home about it, and I recommend the pa jeon.

Park’s has a lot, but I don’t think any of us parked in it. Street parking is relatively easy to come by, and if you go on a Sunday morning like we did, you won’t have to pay the meters.

Park’s BBQ
955 S. Vermont Ave
(just north of Olympic)
Los Angeles, CA 90006

P.S. I’ve been made aware that Park’s charges extra for their kimchee, which I didn’t notice at the time. So be warned.

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9 Responses to “Charcoal in the Park”

  1. wangkon936 Says:

    I’ve heard good things about Park. I mean, a lot of these Korean bbq places try to be the same so they can all coexist. I hear that Park goes a little out of the box and gets a special kind of pork developed in Japan called Tokyo-X. No, I am not making that up!… hahahaha. Something to do with a genetically engineered black mongolian pig that has a fat to meat blend which makes their sam gyop sal particularly marbled texture.

  2. wangkon936 Says:

    Hey Raven,

    What are the prices like?

  3. Raven Says:

    The prices were pretty reasonable. We had seven people, ordered I think four meats plus pa jeon and some Cokes, and paid about $25 each. It might have been a little pricier with a smaller group.

    Since I don’t remember what we ordered, I don’t know if we got the sam gyop sal, but if it’s one of their specialties we probably did. Bon V. had heard which meats were supposed to be the best there, so those were what we got.

    I need to jot down everything we order whenever I go to a Korean restaurant.

  4. Bon Vivant Says:

    Park’s rules! But we had some dissenters who claim that Soot Bull Jeep is still the best. I will be going back to my fave Sa Rit Gol and to Soot Bull Jeep just to see how they stack up. I know already that Sa Rit Gol is going to win the pancake portion. I plan on ordering tongue at each place.

  5. Raven Says:

    Let me know when you’re going to go!

  6. youngkim Says:

    That looks good.

    Of course, these days I see Korean restaurants everywhere I go!

    Oh wait, that’s because I’m in Korea.

  7. Raven Says:

    That *is* a good reason!

  8. wangkon936 Says:

    Oh, I went to Parks this last weekend and it was just okay. Nothing spectacular. The Pahjahn was good though. Dare I say that it shared some stylistic similarities with yakiniku restaurants. I’m gonna put a blog post up on yakiniku vs. Korean bbq and I’ll let you know…

  9. Raven Says:

    Ooh, I’d be interested in reading that.


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