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.
Roasted and seasoned to perfection, the ribs at Chick n' Ribs in Santa Monica are truly something to remember.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Chick n' Ribs provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Chick n' Ribs.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Chick n' Ribs patrons come in casual attire.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
At Chick n' Ribs, you can find quick parking on the street, in a lot or take advantage of a nearby valet service.
The menu at Chick n' Ribs is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Isn't it time you got some ribs that were finger-licking good from the excellent barbecue offerings at Chick n' Ribs?
Treat yourself to good food and drink at La Grande Orange in Santa Monica.
At La Grande Orange, gluten-free and healthy dining is done right.
The large dining space at La Grande Orange provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
La Grande Orange is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve La Grande Orange's tasty dishes at your next party.
The restaurant is adjacent to a parking lot, where optional valet is also provided. Street parking is readily available as well.
For a decently-priced meal that's not too fancy, La Grande Orange hits the nail on the head.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at La Grande Orange.
Visit Culver City's Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ's gorgeous patio.
Or, take your grub to go.
Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ has easy parking nearby for diners who wish to drive.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
All major credit cards are accepted.
The courteous staff at Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ is ready to satisfy your barbecue desires.
If you relish flavorful marinades, spicy rubs, and oh-so-tender meat, make sure to check out Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ for the best in casual barbecue.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at Santa Maria Barbeque Company in Culver City.
Santa Maria Barbeque Company will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Santa Maria Barbeque Company.
You can also serve food from Santa Maria Barbeque Company at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
We'll let you park onsite to help get you closer to our scrumptious menu.
A visit to Santa Maria Barbeque Company will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
For the best marinated and smoked meats, there's definitely no better place than Santa Maria Barbeque Company.
If fine food and refreshing beverages are on your to-do list, check out Maple Block Meat Co. in Culver City.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Maple Block Meat Co.'s patio.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Maple Block Meat Co., which embraces a casual vibe.
Or, take your grub to go.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Maple Block Meat Co.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
For those looking for an unbeatable bargain, Maple Block Meat Co. invites diners to enjoy all the yummy-ness they can handle without burning a hole in their wallet.