Jeonju
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Address: 2716 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Neighborhood: Korea Town
Specifics: Korean
Phone: 213-383-4133
Cost: $$
Credit Cards: No
Closing Time: 10 pm
Restaurants Try the Jo Gee Gui--fried whole yellow fish.

    
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On Our Radar:
Definitely Not for Tourists
Posted by:  Bon Vivant

This place is definitely not for tourists—well, maybe if they are from Korea. Jeonju is tucked away in the corner of one of the prevailing mini-malls that line the streets of Koreatown. The sign on the street is not in English so it may be a challenge to find, but it’s worth the effort since it’s considered one of the best Korean “mom ’n pop” places in the City. JeonJu is well known for two dishes, the first being Dol Sot Bibimbap. This is simply rice, vegetables, and meat (or seafood) served in a stone dish heated to about a thousand degrees. The heat gives the rice some nice crispy spots and further cooks the fried egg (de rigueur with bibimbap) as you mix all of the ingredients together. The spicy chili sauce is served on the side so that you can make it as wimpy or as incendiary as you like. The second famous dish, my favorite, is Jo Gee Gui, which is fried whole Yellow Corvina fish. This is food at its simple best—no embellishments needed—and the fish is always perfectly cooked. Another great thing about Jeonju? Plenty of free lot parking!

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