One of my older cousins on my mom's side was in town, so my siblings and I headed down to Orange County to take him out for the day. What to do with a 50something-year-old cousin? Not much. :P
Since we were in the area, we decided to go to our favorite Korean barbecue restaurant - Seol Ak San - for the kimchee fried rice cooked on a rock slab. Unfortunately, it was closed on a Sunday afternoon. :( So we went to my second favorite choice for Korean barbecue in Orange County - Light Town House Korean BBQ in Garden Grove.
See? Nice interior huh?
The restaurant is located on Garden Grove Boulevard in the heart of the Korean Business District of Garden Grove. While the area had been steadily growing for a few decades, the L.A. Riots in 1992 spurred many merchants to relocate here. There are about 1,000 businesses mainly on this stretch between Brookhurst Street and Beach Boulevard.
If you're unfamiliar with Korean barbecue, or wary of going to places where the staff doesn't speak English, then Light Town House is a good introduction. The exterior is a little run down, but the interior is spacious and clean. The staff speaks English and are quite attentive, refilling panchan and flipping and cutting your meats. The portions of meat and panchan have always been generous and of good quality.
The restaurant used to have charcoal grills but have since removed them. :( Nonetheless, the large smoke vents remain and keep you from smelling like barbecue afterward.
Here's a selection of panchan ranging from kimchee to tofu and raw crab kimchee.
The $24.99 order of kalbi (short ribs) goes on the grill first.
There's also daikon slices and rice noodle sheets to wrap around the meats.
Close-ups of pretty panchan.
The bulgogi was in large generous slices. It seemed like the $20.99 order was a neverending plate of bulgogi because we kept eating and eating and there always seemed to be more.
I miss the charcoal grills that gave the meats a nice smokiness, but quality of meats and panchan and service is just as good as ever.
There's also weekday lunch specials and a variety of Korean specialty stews and seafood if you want to be adventurous.
Other Korean barbecue restaurants:
Chung Kiwa Korean BBQ Restaurant - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Feedable BBQ Buffet - Rowland Heights
Gui Il Bun Ji BBQ Restaurant - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ Restaurant - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Hwa Ro Korean BBQ and Tofu -San Gabriel
Hwang Hae Do Korean BBQ - Artesia
Manna Korean BBQ - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Ong Ga Nae Korean BBQ - Rowland Heights
San Ya Restaurant Korean BBQ & Noodle - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Seol Ak San - Stanton
Soot Bul Gui Rim 2 Korean BBQ - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Tahoe Galbi Restaurant - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Light Town House Korean BBQ
8902 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844