By Paul Lee | September 15, 2016 | Food & Drink
If you're clueless about the difference between bulgogi and bibimbap, our friends at MoneyCrashers.com round up five Koreatown restaurants that will change your relationship to food.
Try the brisket and boneless short rib at Ahgassi Gopchang, then move on to the rest of the menu if you still have room. Thanks to this spot's spaciousness and great service, wait times are manageable here—usually less than an hour, even on weekend nights. 3744 W. 6th St., 213-249-9678
Whatever creativity its name lacks, Bulgogi Hut makes up for it in super favorable pricing and efficient service. For leisurely splurges, you can choose from three all-you-can-eat menus: A ($16 per person, 20 items), B ($18 per person, 30 items), and C ($25 per person, 42 items). For midday dine-and-dash affairs, opt for the $10 weekday lunch special, which includes a bento box with your choice of meat. 3600 Wilshire Blvd., 213-388-1988
Beer Belly is all about pairing good beer you haven't heard about yet with splurge-worthy food like fat fries, which incidentally is a signature happy hour dish ($5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday). 532 S. Western Ave., 213-387-2337
This Wilshire Boulevard spot has ready-to-go takeout meals that mix sides, seasoning, and rice in the same bowl—tailor-made for rushed workday lunches. Try the bon bibimbap (salad on rice) and leave happy. 3551 Wilshire Blvd., 213-380-2248
One menu of 27 items that’s all you can eat—couldn't be simpler. Lunch is $22 and dinner $24. Watch out for the steep leftover meat charge, though, as it will run you $15. But with short ribs this delicious, you can probably find enough room to avoid the hit. Hae Jang Chon is open until 2 a.m. all week long, making it ideal for nights out on the town. 3821 W. 6th St., 213-389-8777
Paul Lee is a SoCal-based writer who is always looking for new eats and spots to check out in his free time. When he’s not writing, he’s hitting the gym and reading up on health trends.