Before each home game this season, ClipperBlog will run “ClipperBlog Eats,” a restaurant recommendation from its resident restaurant reviewer, Ben Mesirow. Below is today’s suggestion:
Going to an NBA game on Christmas Day is an indulgent act of fandom, whether you’re skipping out on family bonding or bringing them all with you. And since that means your family is either pissed off at you or leaving the house too, you’re going to need somewhere to eat out. The traditional answer is Chinese, and there are plenty of great options in that category, but this year why not keep stacking that indulgence and go with Korean BBQ?
Park’s BBQ, one of the best KBBQ spots in the city, is open 365 days a year, including long hours on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (though they’re closing at ten instead of midnight). Their meat is of great quality, beautifully marbled and incredibly well seasoned, the banchan are plentiful and delicious, and the alcohol selection is actually quite nice. Park’s does represent a step up in price from your standard KBBQ, but it is absolutely reflected in your experience. It’s Christmas, treat yourself. Sit back, take a sip of your beer, and enjoy the gentle crackle of sizzling meat – it may not quite be chestnuts, but wouldn’t you rather have bulgogi roasting on an open fire anyway?
955 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006; parksbbq.com