Mijin Namgoong couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing from Westside Los Angeles. The diverse community had plenty to offer, but there wasn't a restaurant dedicated to the sort of healthful, contemporary, Seoul-style Korean cooking that Mijin and many of her friends enjoyed. She decided to remedy this situation by founding Wharo Korean BBQ in 2004. Thrillist took note of this approach and placed the restaurant on its list of The Westside's 9 Best Korean BBQ Spots.
In Korea, family-style meals are traditionally cooked in a large stone pot, around which family members gather and socialize as they eat. At Wharo Korean BBQ, Mijin strove to capture this communal spirit by equipping each table with a central grill that diners huddle around while cooking their own meals. Charcoal-stoked flames flicker beneath the surface of the grill, lending a smoky flavor to certified Angus rib eye steak, thin-sliced pork that marinated in a spicy miso sauce, or tuna seasoned with sesame oil, salt, and black pepper.
What if You Don't Want to Grill Anything?
Back in the kitchen, the chefs keep themselves busy preparing a wide assortment of traditional Korean dishes as well as slightly updated versions of familiar classics. This selection includes pan-fried, Korean-style pancakes with crabmeat, chives, or homemade kimchi as well as salads of sauteed tofu and organic baby greens tossed with sesame dressing. Additionally, Wharo Korean BBQ deviates from its roots a little bit by offering Japanese-style shabu shabu meals, which allow diners to cook their own meats and vegetables using heated pots of savory or spicy broth.
For a low-key lunch, Star Wrap is a charming cafe worth checking out.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
At Star Wrap, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Star Wrap welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Star Wrap will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
At Star Wrap, you can find quick parking on the street, in a lot or take advantage of a nearby valet service.
Looking for delicious food for under $15? Look no further than Star Wrap.
You'll need a couple Andrew Jacksons for a visit to Star Wrap — they only accept cash.
Star Wrap dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Season your day with some Korean-style spice — go to Duk Su Jang Restaurant for dinner and save the leftovers for next day's lunch.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Duk Su Jang Restaurant — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Duk Su Jang Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
Free parking is available right next door.
Meals at Duk Su Jang Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Walking into Culver City’s Alibi Room bar is akin to walking into a boozy ski lodge with a fireplace along the back wall and a angular wood bar taking up the middle of the room. Low-lit tables and ottomans at the front of the room provide space for patrons to relax and enjoy Alibi Room’s selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails. Drinks like the “Breaking Bad,” with its heat and mix of tequila and mescal, and the Kentucky Mule, a bourbon-based take on the classic Moscow variety, help establish the space as a hotbed for cocktail lovers. But the bar’s biggest advantage over the local competition, by far, comes from its kitchen; Alibi Room serves up a menu of favorites from Kogi BBQ chef Roy Choi’s revolutionary gourmet food truck, as well as rice bowls and other representations of his growing food empire.
Pacific Pedal Cruiser's 14-person cruiser bikes help passengers work up an appetite as they power the pedal-equipped vehicle toward Hermosa Beach restaurants and bars under the guidance of an experienced driver. As tunes lilt from the bike’s iPod-equipped sound system, passengers work their way toward pit stops at bars, such as Patrick Molloys, Underground Pub & Grill, Barnacles Bar and Grill, and other area establishments, refueling with dining and drink specials before resuming their breezy cruise. Bikes welcome the collected members of a bachelorette party or birthday fete for camaraderie-filled private tours or forge new friendships between couples and people tired of waiting at the impound lot during public tours.
Whether you are in the mood for sushi or sashimi, Hoka Hoka Sushi has it all.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Toast your evening out at Hoka Hoka Sushi with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Hoka Hoka Sushi is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
You'll want to time your arrival to Hoka Hoka Sushi just right since reservations are not accepted.
Casual dining at its best, Hoka Hoka Sushi customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Through their catering service, Hoka Hoka Sushi can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
If time is of the essence, Hoka Hoka Sushi's take-out option may be a better fit.
Hoka Hoka Sushi offers complimentary parking at a lot close by.
Hoka Hoka Sushi is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Your tab at Hoka Hoka Sushi will generally run you about $30 per person.
Hoka Hoka Sushi has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.