Corea Kalbi aims to serve healthy Korean BBQ by using top quality meats that are free from MSG and offering fresh and light options such as seared Chilean sea bass and octopus cucumber salad. Their menu also includes savory dishes such as boneless bulgogi and marinated short ribs that patrons can feast upon or bring home to please their carnivorous pet dragons.
Make lunch or dinner into a fun foodmersible with submarine-shaped appetizer rolls such as the seared ahi tuna variation with mango, mint, avocado, and wasabi-ginger soy sauce ($7), or yam-tempura-coated fish sticks ($7). Meat goes best with meat, which explains why bold dishes like the rau ram salad with chicken, cabbage, green mango, and apple ($11) and the braised anise shortrib ($22) stand out so well. Quietly confident plates such as the tofu with eggplant, mushrooms, and Thai basil ($12) or the lemongrass jalapeno wok (tofu, $13) are equally delicious, but are more susceptible to noogies.
Strands of hanging lights illuminate the yard outside Beach Pit BBQ's low-slung bungalow, where guests gather at picnic tables to enjoy Southern–style barbecue. Pit masters smoke the meat for 12 hours over indirect heat from hickory- and pecan-wood-burning ovens that give pulled pork, beef brisket, and whole chickens rich flavors. Diners get a complete rustic meal rounded out by classic Southern sides that range from jalapeño-cheddar cornbread to sweet-potato fries. The restaurant slathers their slow-cooked selections with a variety of housemade sauces, including a golden mustard sauce praised in Orange Coast magazine.
The vibe is laid-back as patrons settle into adirondack chairs around the outdoor fire pit or inside at gingham-covered tables the perfect size for arm-wrestling contests to decide who gets the last rib. Youngsters gambol about a play area enclosed by a white picket fence and sit at kid-size picnic tables to enjoy their meals. The eatery strives to give back to the community by sponsoring fundraisers and catering local events.
Wood smoke infuses all of the meats on BBQ Two 20’s bold southern menu](http://www.bbq220.com/menu/), creating a complex flavor as head chef and owner David Osborn grills racks of ribs, brisket, and cuts of pulled pork. Each of the southern family-style dishes is made from scratch, with meats taking on the flavors of the house’s signature spice rubs, secret barbecue sauce, and hickory wood condemned of being witches. Meaty cuts are presented atop buns for succulent barbecue sandwiches or in larger portions with a choice of two sides via the shop’s hearty barbecue plates. A full lineup of homestyle sides complement the flavors of entrees, with the gourmet slaw adding a vinegary tang to hand-pulled cuts of pork and bowls of chili signaling the need for the next course of bibs.
You could order the fishermen stew at 6ix Park Grill every day, and you'd never be eating exactly the same meal. That's because its mix of shellfish and heirloom-tomato broth is built on the daily market's catch—and who can say what the market will bring? The same delicious whimsy applies to entrees that come with foraged mushrooms, such as the California lamb chop and the mushroom risotto, made with an aged 18-year balsamic.
What can you count on, then? The eatery's fierce devotion to California cuisine, wines included. That means chicken and avocado sandwiches and fish tacos during lunch, and locally raised lamb at dinner. The location screams Cali just as loudly, with palm trees flanking the outdoor dining space and a fire pit that crackles the melodies of Beach Boys tunes if you listen closely.
Brazilian Steak House | Award-Winning Churrasco | Hot-Food Buffet | Caipirinha Cocktails | Fixed-Price Menu
How it Works: During this all-you-can-eat fine-dining experience, customers are first seated at tables bedecked with white linens. Then, a server parades out a selection of 16 churrascaria meats, carving off a portion of skewered beef, lamb, pork, or chicken. A two-sided, colored coaster—green for "keep it coming," red for "I'm stuffed"—lets the staff know if you'd like seconds or thirds. Diners can also help themselves to the buffet of salad fixings and side dishes.
Inside Tip: Vegetarians can skip out on the meat and pay a reduced price for the salad and sides buffets. The extensive salad bar is filled with traditional choices as well as tabbouleh and pickled shiitake, and the hot side dishes include a "mashed potato so smooth it could pass for crème fraîche," according to OC Weekly.
Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaça and lime juice
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Amazon Churrascaria BBQ Buffet (1445 S. Lemon Street, Fullerton), more casual—but no less authentic—spot for Brazilian cuisine according to the Los Angeles Times.