In recent years, Los Angeles has been enjoying a resurgence of American-style barbecue with restaurants such as Spring Street Smoke House, Chop Daddy and Horse Thief. But when it comes to barbecue in L.A., Korean barbecue reigns supreme.
There seems to be a restaurant with tabletop grills in every strip mall, food court and plaza in Koreatown. It can be difficult to remember which place with a pig's butt on the sign you most enjoyed. Maybe it was across the street from the place with bull's horns, the star or the crown. We're here to help you navigate the Hangul signage and find the best Korean barbecue in L.A.
Genwa is part of a pack of places that serves higher-quality beef, such as Soowon, but breaks ahead of them with its staggering array of consistently good banchan, which comes in 20 or so varieties, many of them rarely served at standard=issue Korean restaurants. Korean cuisine, even at a barbecue restaurant, is more than just grilled meat. Kot sal (boneless short ribs) and tongue come highly recommended. Take a small piece of grilled meat, a dollop of banchan and relish with a spoonful of rice. 5115 Wilshire Blvd., Hancock Park; (323) 549-0760.