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Jakob Layman

Parks BBQ

Korean  in  Koreatown
Written by
Jakob Layman

Anyone who ever attempted to eat all their Halloween candy in one sitting was definitely told that too much of a good thing isn’t good for you. We tend to disagree. 24 uninterrupted hours of puzzle building, a full North Pole streetscape outside of a house at Christmas, or rereading the entire Goosebumps canon out loud during a power outage - these are things that make life better. The same goes for sitting down at Parks and watching the best Korean BBQ in LA flow endlessly from the kitchen to your table.

Los Angeles is a blessed city for Korean BBQ. The Koreatown spots are basically stacked on top of each other, and many of them are very good. But Parks BBQ is great. Their high-quality meat brings the Korean BBQ experience to a level you won’t find anywhere else in town.

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Whether you’re a Korean BBQ veteran or a first-timer, Parks’ menu can be a little overwhelming. At first, you might flip through pages and pages of a la carte meats while realizing you don’t know what you’re doing. Focus your energy on the tiny section of the combo platters on the back. Listed in the menu as P1 - P3, order one of these for the table and you’ll receive a food parade of the best Parks has to offer: meats like bulgogi, short rib, and rib-eye, along with all the necessary banchan. Once you’ve picked your platter, throw in a few smaller items like the kimchi fried rice, the tofu stew, or glass noodle tapas to round out your order. Parks is a little pricier than others in the area, but you get what you pay for.

Walk into some of the most popular Ktown BBQ spots and you’ll see swarms of post-grad college kids getting drunk on cheap soju and servers who could care less about your overall happiness. Inside Parks' modern space, you’ll find a dedicated waitstaff and a crowd focused on going all-in on Korean BBQ bliss. After their 24-hour puzzle-building marathon, of course.

Food Rundown

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P-1 Combo

For $99, you get all the banchan (tiny side dishes), bulgogi, high-quality rib-eye steak, and boneless short rib you need while still leaving enough room to order a few other things a la carte.

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Kimchi Fried Rice

The reason you stick with the P1 combo is so you can leave room for dishes like this one. You can find kimchi fried rice in almost every restaurant in Koreatown, but Parks’ massive portion is absolutely worth ordering. This salty and savory bowl of glory will be gone instantly.

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Glass Noodles

Parks also has a daily Korean tapas menu, and if the glass noodles happen to be on it when you’re there, get them. Your friends will try to convince you that you don’t need another dish on the table, but you do. And it’s this slightly spicy, not-too-heavy steaming plate of noodles.

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