Kang Ho-Dong Baekjong

Top choice korean in Westlake & Koreatown

Looks can deceive: this informal, youth-filled spot serves some of LA's best Korean barbecue, proven by constant lines out the door. Grill-yourself meats are the star, alongside delectable banchan (side dishes). Grills are set into circular tables, and the dining room is high-ceilinged and industrial like a mechanic's workshop.

Besides the usual banchan of kimchi and marinated veggies, we love the unusual egg-cheese-corn mixture that cooks alongside your grills. Sides include veggie pancakes and bubbling stews of bean, kimchi and tofu.

Bonus: the restaurant's in the 1929 Spanish Colonial-style Chapman Plaza, an architectural relic said to be LA's first drive-in strip mall, and great for an after-dinner pub crawl.