You’ll have to check their Instagram to see where they’re popping up next - right now, they’re at the old Beer Belly space in Koreatown on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Smorgasburg every Sunday - but Love Hour is worth seeking out. This smashburger spot keeps it simple - you choose between a single or a double (the double has the best meat-to-bun ratio), and then add your own toppings like you’re at a cookout. The edges of the burger get nice and crispy, but unlike other smash spots, it’s not overly greasy, so the bun stays intact... and that’s tougher to pull off that you think.
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You wouldn’t want a Manhattan made by a 17 year old, so don’t trust your steaks to one either. Taylor’s Steakhouse has the experience.
Ma Dang Gook Soo
Ma Dang Gook Soo is a tiny restaurant in Koreatown with very good cold soybean soup.
There’s a long menu at Jeon Ju in Koreatown, but you don’t need it. Just order the excellent short-rib bibimbap.
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Belcampo Meat Co.
Belcampo Meat Co. of Grand Central Market in Downtown LA is a butcher counter/takeout stand with a great burger.
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The Library Alehouse
If you’re a beer person on the Westside, The Library Alehouse in Santa Monica is your place.
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