I’ve been an avid lurker on the Los Angeles Chowhound board since 2006 -- a near-daily reader, as a matter of fact -- but am only now taking the plunge by posting here. Please pardon my overly long first post here, since I'm a Chowhound virgin.
My husband and I have enjoyed dining out since we met more than 27 years ago. If the fare of a local restaurant is solid and its wait staff is helpful and affable, the odds are good we've made that spot a favorite. In general, we're rather adventurous and appreciate a wide array of cuisines -- Mexican, Cuban, Italian (northern and southern), Greek, Mediterranean, German, casual/bistro French, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, German, Swiss, seafood, steakhouse, American soul food and classic diner/comfort fare -- a great deal. Although we've enjoyed our share of fine dining over the last quarter decade for birthdays, anniversaries, vacations and business functions, we especially love our favorite hole-in-the-wall sites close to home. However, neither of us is familiar with Korean cuisine.
Since we're both fans of spicy food, we enjoy kimchi. At a wine tasting/dinner party I attended a couple of years ago, the Korean-born host served galbi as the main course.. (Let's put it this way: With my first bite of that succulent marinated steak, my taste buds went into a vigorous happy dance.)
Anyway, we're looking forward to heading out to a Hound-worthy Korean spot for an early fall dinner. (Our combined schedules are beyond busy until then.) You'll find below the major criteria for our choice, which include:
* location within northern Orange County -- Fullerton, Brea, Buena Park, and La Habra would be best (we're both very familiar with the booming Korean population in Fullerton's Sunny Hills area)
* a modest-to-moderate per-person tab ($15 to $20) for a three-course meal, including a small dessert
* comfortable, relatively attractive surroundings not heavy with smoke (sorry, but we're not yet ready to cook our own main course, as Soot Bull Jeep's diners do)
* a gentle corkage fee ($20 or below is ideal)
* helpful AND PATIENT wait staff with total newbies to Korean fare (we're Anglos in our early 50s)
A few more notes:
* Neither of us has any food allergies.
* It'll be just me and my better half enjoying a night out.
* We’ll eat nearly anything, with the exception of rabbit and wild game. The better half detests eggplant.
* Because we eat vegetarian fare at home, any well-prepared veggie fare will be a super plus for this restaurant.
I'm eager to hear any and all suggestions from the board -- especially from Das Ubergeek, Servorg and Ipsedixit, three Hounders whose posts I devour. (Yes, that pun was very intentional.) Thanks, in advance, for your advice!