Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Fave Bites: Park's BBQ

For a few weeks, The Chicago Foodie has been regularly traveling to the southland, a real boon for The Diva! I love eating out with her - she's adventurous, shares my passion for great food, and she's willing to be critical, too! The perfect dining companion. Just this week, we had a lovely dinner at Palate, one of my favorite LA restaurants and wine bars (click here for an earlier review).

A few weeks ago, she texted me with a special request: Korean BBQ! I adore Korean BBQ and after some consideration, I decided that we should try. Park's BBQ. Known for serving higher quality cuts of meat, it seemed like a smart bet.

Beef Fat Greasing the Grill

We rolled into the restaurant, a little spot in a K-Town strip mall and quickly placed our order, readying ourselves to eat a lot of meat. We chose the Prime Beef Short Ribs (hoping my luck would change after the Kogi BBQ and Street short rib shortages I endured), Bulgogi (one of my favorite dishes) and Dol Sot Bim Bim Bhap, an amazing combination or rice, vegetables, meat and spicy sauce served in a sizzling hot pot.

Prime Short Ribs

First up came the short ribs! Our server prepared our grill, greasing it with a piece of beef fat, and then unwound the lovely pieces of meat, laying them out on our grill to cook. While the meat seared in front of us, we sampled a lovely array of the traditional small plates of sides, one of my favorite parts of the dining experience. They were all delicious in their own way, from spicy greens, to kimchi, to delicately sliced potatoes. Once the short ribs had seared nicely, our server cut them into smaller pieces with sheers and we dug into the meat. It was succulent and rich, and when dipped in a gingery sauce, divine. I guess my short rib luck finally turned around after all.

Next up, we feasted on the bulgogi, thin, marinated strips of beef. These cooked up quickly on the grill and we both commented on how much we loved the flavor in the meat. This dish also came with a delicious dipping sauce, more of a peanut oil this time.

Dol Sot Bim Bim Bhap - My Favorite!

Finally, out came the sizzling hot pot of bim bim bhap. As we sank our teeth into the dish, The Chicago Foodie commented, "This is the best comfort food!" And indeed, she was right. Happily stuffed, we departed, leftovers in hand. If you're looking for high quality Korean BBQ, then look no further than Park's BBQ. I promise you'll love it.

Restaurants Mentioned:

Park's BBQ
955 S. Vermont Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90006


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