Restaurant: Park’s BBQ
Location: 955 S Vermont Ave G, Los Angeles, CA 90006. (213) 380-1717
Date: December 23, 2019
Cuisine: Korean BBQ
Rating: Great charcoal KBBQ
It’s been many years since I was at Park’s BBQ — before I started blogging in 2010 for sure — so when my friend Jerome mentioned that he wanted to try some KBBQ off we went.
Park’s is seriously OG. It’s been around for a long time, has real charcoal grills, and very high quality meat.
Even on a random Monday in December at 1:45pm there was a 30 minute line!
Each table has its own dedicated hood.
It’s hard to see down inside the grill but there are real charcoal chunks in there — none of that modern gas fired cooking!
The menu. We went for set P2. The server said it served 4. We were just 2. I figured it’d be about the right amount of food!
Salt and pepper vinegar.
Hot sauce and fermented spicy bean paste (love the stuff because I love fermented Asian everything).
Salad is of course one of the ban chan.
Daikon radish wraps.
Rice crepe wraps.
A kind of kimchee.
Spicy pickled cucumbers.
Some kind of green.
Marinated bean sprouts.
Chewy fish cakes — delicious — I ate 3 bowls of them.
Spiced potatoes or radish.
Crunchy sweet pickled veggies. Really good.
Taste of Parks P2.
Mushrooms and Zucchini – in the back various beefs.
Rib Eye Steak, and back right Pork Belly.
Boneless Beef Short Rib (left), Beef Brisket (center), Ggot Sal (right).
Bulgogi (with the green onion on top).
Park’s Gal-bi – probably my favorite.
Meat on the grill.
Steak on the grill.
More meat on the grill.
Overall, other than the bit of a wait, everything was great at Park’s. This isn’t a new style whacky or AYCE joint and they have a fairly traditional set of dishes and cuts but the meat is fabulous and the charcoal flavor great, so this is some really satisfying very Korean KBBQ — as it should be. Service was very great too.