Neighborhood Korean in Glendale.
One of the things you’re supposed to do as a Food Blogger is hit all the hip, happening and new joints that crop up all over Los Angeles, and report on ‘em for an equally hip, happening foodie crowd. I do that sometimes, and overall it;’s not a bad way to spend an evening or afternoon.
But what about the places that are already out there? What about the places with the small homey touches, the one’s that get by one the fact that that only the neighborhood folks know about them, and support ‘em. Don’t they deserve some love too?
They do, which brings me to Kim’s Kitchen.
Kim’s Kitchen has been here forever. Every since I moved to the neighborhood. In fact, before I knew it was called Kim’s Kitchen I always referred to it as the “little yellow hut” given it’s paint scheme.
Kim’s Kitchen is in fact, a tiny Korean Restaurant just off Colorado. Maybe a dozen seats, tops. It’s a counter place. You order up at the counter, and then either take it home or dine in right then and there.
To me, it’s a Korean home cooking spot. Glendale is known for it’s Armenian-American population, but there’s a good chunk of Korean-Americans here as well (plus Filipino-Americans down the road in Eagle Rock). So Kim’s Kitchen serves, a little bit of all the greatest hits of Korean cuisine: some Barbecue, Soon Tofu, Noodles, soups, stews.
I reviewed a place called Osek in Pasadena not too long ago, which in a way did much the same thing, try to be that Korean Food 101. I was a bit disappointed in Osek at the time, and now having been back to Kim’s Kitchen…
What can I say? The food is so much better here. The ambition is toward the food, and not putting on a show. The tastes and flavors jump out at you here more, and this isn’t even the best Korean place in L.A. It’s not, but it’s good neighborhood joint. The textbook definition of a neighborhood joint. It’s special, and I hope it stays open forever.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I went with the Spicy Beef Soup Lunch Special. This was an interesting combination of spicy broth (not too spicy), with a few slices of beef, sprouts, green onion, and…believe or not, egg. It wasn’t bad, and was certainly light enough if you wanted to avoid a heavy lunch. Couple that with some banchan and a Coke, and I was good for the day.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing too surprising here. Parking is the only issue, and we’ll get to that in a second. Just know going in that it’s closed on Sundays.
PARKING: Tricky. Believe it or not, given its size, Kim’s Kitchen does have a Parking Lot…all of three spaces, two of which are normally being used, I think by the staff. Past that, you need to park along Colorado. Parking in front of the restaurant will be difficult. Parking across the street (alongside the Church – not in it’s lot) is probably the best way to go.
1229 E. Colorado St.
Tel: (818) 507-1185
Monday-Saturday: 10:30am – 9:30pm