Your Place? My Place? Nope. It's Corner Place for Korean BBQ
While I'm not one for tersely worded reviews, this meal at Corner Place in K-Town could pretty much be summed up as follows, to borrow from an old irreverent pre-meal blessing: "Good food, good meat, good God--GO EAT!"
Like most of the great Korean BBQ joints in town, Corner Place is populated largely by members of the Korean community, staffed by perfunctory and hard to flag down servers, and can crank out an affordable cook-it-yourself meal when dining in a group. It was in a group that I went to Corner Place recently, the eatery being a beloved spot for a couple of foodie friends and a welcome first-time visit for myself and others.
We went for a pretty hefty order of different cuts of meat, including the beef tongue (tasty but a bit too chewy for most of our palates), the marinated beef (bulgogi; delicious!), and the pork belly (sam gyup sal; fun to look at when it arrived in cheerful rolls, fun to eat when it was heated up on the grill and rendered into decadently fatty morsels). Some may not care for the shaved green onion salad, but its tangy simplicity made for a great foil to the depth of the smoky meats, along with bits and bites of the sour, sweet, or spicy sides. A must-order, however, is their cold noodle dish--a dish we're told is so special to the Corner Place they won't let people order it to go for fear of duplication. It was the perfect slurpy, chilled, vinegary-sweet end to the magnificent meaty feast. As always, it's best to settle in for KBBQ in a crowd, so you can sample more for less bucks; our bill split six ways came to around $15 a head.
2819 James M Wood Blvd, Los Angeles (Koreatown)