One of the most popular restaurants in Garden Grove, Mo Ran Gak specializes in authentic, traditional Korean cuisines. It is most known for its meat dishes such as samgyeopsal (slices of cooked non-marinated pork belly), kalbi (marinated and cooked beef short ribs cut into pieces) and chadolbaegi (pieces of non-marinated, cooked beef briskets). A couple non-meat dishes that are popular are yookaejang (spicy beef broth with shredded beef and vegetables) and mul-naengmyeon (ice cold noodle soup). Not only are the main dishes delicious, but also so are the unlimited banchan (side dishes) of vegetables, salads, and noodles. It is an excellent place to experience authentic Korean dining.
Mo Ran Gak, 9651 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA, USA, +1 714 638 1177
One of the most popular Vietnamese restaurants in Garden Grove, Pho Lu, as its name suggests, specializes in pho, a type of traditional Vietnamese noodle soup dishes. It offers a wide selection of pho from the traditional plain style to more complex and flavorful pho filled with meat such as beef, pork or chicken or with seafood such as shrimp. Among its pho dishes, Pho Lu’s most popular has been rumored to be the Pho Duoi Bo, also known as Oxtail Pho. It is known for its milky and flavorful broth as well as its thin slices of tender and soft beef. Aside from its savory dishes, the restaurant is also famous for its low prices of each dish.
Pho Lu, 10141 Westminster Ave #5, Garden Grove, CA, USA, +1 714 539 7979
Ranked as one of the best Korean barbecue restaurants in Garden Grove, Byul Daepo – Star BBQ is known for its two All You Can Eat options. Each option provides a wide selection of meats including the famous beef brisket, bulgogi, beef belly, intestine, large intestine, spicy pork belly, and chicken teriyaki. Non-meat dishes that are also included in the All You Can Eat menu are steamed egg bowl, tofu soup, kimchi and rice soup, Korean noodle soup, and toasted rice soup. Not only are guests able to eat an unlimited amount of food for a cheap price but also they are able to dine on delicious, high-quality food.
Byul Daepo – Star BBQ, 8295 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA, USA, +1 714 530 5388
One of the more pricier Korean restaurants in the Korean district of Garden Grove is Incheonwon BBQ House. It is a popular dining spot during dinner hours, especially for parties of large groups. Like many other Korean restaurants, it provides some of the standard traditional meat dishes such as bulgogi, galbi, and pork belly. However, what sets is apart from neighboring restaurants, aside from the price, is it provides sections of meat that are rare to find in restaurants outside of South Korea. A couple examples of the vast array of Korean meat dishes that are uncommon are saeng deungsim (sirloin) and kootsal (scotch fillet). As a result, many dine at Incheonwon for special celebrations such as birthday or reunions.
Incheonwon BBQ House, 13321 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA, USA, +1 714 638 9292