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korean restaurants: best kalbi/best deal, best banchan?

indelibledotink | Sep 15, 201310:42 PM

i find that i don't have a favorite place for kalbi and that most places have pretty much the same thing. for example, i had some kalbi at han yang today and it was the standard. does anyone have a place that has great kalbi? and i'm talking about the korean style fold-out attached to the large bone cut. none of that local plate lunch cut with the three small cross section bones and thin meat. maangchi calls it LA style (if you like korean cooking go to her website, it's the best!).

han yang isn't a deal for kalbi anymore, or at least it seems that way. $20 for two fairly large pieces on top a bed of onions. the original owners in the late 80s never used to put onions and had three pieces of meat for about $17, i think. current owner david said he still puts three pieces of meat if they are smaller. i guess they do it by mass? do you know of a great deal on kalbi?

also, is there a restaurant that has the best banchan (side dish)? banchan overall, or just a particular one. again, i think they're pretty standard dishes and don't have a current fave.

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