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Kogi BBQ!

Check the Web site for various locations but you can always get it at the Alibi Room, 12236 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066 from 6-midnight, Monday through Saturdays.

Finally got to catch one of the Kogi BBQ trucks running around SoCal and it was definitely worth the wait if you’re in the mood for something delicious and different.

My friends and I caught one during lunch at the Yahoo! Center in Santa Monica where the line was long, but not unbearable. I think our heightened expectations along with the wait made me over-order as I got the kogi hot dog, kimchi quesadilla, and three different tacos (kogi, pork and chicken) all for about $17.

I liked everything I ordered and my friend Monica even raved about the tofu taco which I thought wouldn’t be as good. Everything probably tastes good because of the sauce and seasonings; it’s some hot Korean pepper sauce that comes off as spicy and sweet and the lettuce acts as a nice complimentary buffer against it. The tacos can be a bit messy to eat since they stuff it so have plenty of napkins on hand.

A glorious mess

The kogi hot dog was a nice surprise. No, it’s not kalbi or bulgogi but the same hot dog made of mystery meat; it’s just dressed a lot differently. If hot peppers and cucumbers and the absence of ketchup define Chicago hot dogs, then the LA hot dog has to be a nice mess of kimchi, hot sauce and lettuce.

That's kimchi oozing out on the bottom!

For your reference, this is Chicago style

By the time I got to the kimchi quesadilla, everything tasted the same to me because of that special Kogi BBQ sauce but it was still good. It’s simply kimchi, cheese and that special sauce with sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

I think my expectations of Kogi BBQ were pleasantly fulfilled. To me, the fusion of this cuisine between Korean kimchi, all-American hot dogs and sliders and Mexican burritos and tacos not only represents fantastic food but all the good that comes from living in a country that’s as diverse as America. *cue chants of USA! USA!

Good
It’s cheap and delicious. Need I say more?

Bad
Sometimes the line can be long

Ugly
Not sure if this food truck craze has legs so get them while you can.

Written and reviewed by teeth

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Flaming Clam Grill

3465 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA

If you’ve done Korean BBQ and you’re asking what’s next, Flaming Cram Grill in Koreatown L.A. is the place to go. But please only go if you LOVE seafood.

I went with four other people and we opted for the largest portion of the seafood BBQ which is $100. (It’s cheaper if you prefer the raw cold platter) I found it was perfect for the five of us, especially because they give you a ton of side dishes as well.

Probably one of the most annoying things about eating seafood is how much work you have to do to get some meat. Well here, they do it all for you and our server even portioned it among our plates. It’s a lot of work to shuck oysters and cut scallops and I’d run after you as our waitress did if I thought you didn’t pay tip.

The platter we ordered came with clams, oysters, abalone, conch, scallops and shrimp. I’m glad they didn’t come seasoned because they were so good plain since it tasted so fresh.  The only item they seasoned was the abalone which they dipped into sesame oil and proved to be a great combination.

calms and oysters in foil

seafood heaven

shellfish

clams!

jumbo shrimp

kal gooksu ending

Red hot pepper flakes which are so ubiquitous in Korean cuisine was noticeably absent in our meal. The only red-colored items that came out was the spicy duk boki (rice cakes) that came with cheese and our server also mixed rice, shellfish and red hot pepper paste as one of our side dishes, which also turned out to be a great combo.

Other side dishes included edamame, flour pancake, o-deng or fish cake soup, rice porridge and small salad. At the end, they serve kal gooksu, (knife cut noodles) and I’d say we were pretty full at that point. All in all, I really loved the food and the experience and would go again…when I budget enough $.

"Juk" and salad

"Pajun" or seafood pancake

egg and dukboki w/ cheese O-deng or fish cake soup

The Good
The seafood was fresh, fresh, fresh.

Bad
That’s probably why it was expensive.  But by the way, they sell cheap O-deng and kimbap rolls in the back.

Ugly
Like in many Korean joints, there may be passed out and inebriated Koreans here on a week night. I should have taken a pic of the guy passed out cold and posted it on http://blackoutkorea.blogspot.com/

Ated and reviewed by teeth