I had plans to go to Soowon Galbi Korean BBQ in K-Town, but as I was looking for parking, I happened to notice a teeny little place stuck in a non-descript strip-mall.   And free parking is a lot more fun than no parking, so after pulling a California spontaneous U-turn I found myself walking in to Moo Dae Po at 936 S. Vermont Ave.

It’s got an “A” (non-Californians might not know that California requires restaurants to be rated and post cleanliness and health ratings) which isn’t an absolute must for me, by any means, but it’s nice to know that even if the food isn’t good, you probably won’t get sick. 🙂    This place is clean, clean, clean.  The wait staff are really sweet, and I had barely opened the menu, which did include a lunch menu, to tell me about their special lunch, which is the “ton ‘o stuff” special for only $6.99.  Sounds good to me!  While I was waiting, I checked out the Yelp comments for it on my iPhone.  Many people talk about the cleanliness, somebody went on and on about how incredible the Ladies’ is.   I myself wasn’t privileged to see the Ladies’, so I’ll take her word for it.  The “ton ‘o stuff” special was really entertaining in it’s variety: two pieces of sushi roll, a fried egg (beautifully cooked, though), salad, rice, some kind of fish and sweet potatoe in a red sauce and the main dish of beef and scallions.   They did bring soup and a four bowls of banchan (or panchan, take your pick), which were ok, but not extraordinary.   One of them was a pasta salad with apples, which was surprisingly refreshing.  Sorry about the poor quality photo, I didn’t bring my camera with me, so this was just the crappy iPhone camera.

All in all — an incredible bargain, everything was good — but nothing was special.  If I ever go back to the Moo Dae Po, I’ll probably try something off the regular menu for lunch, even though the lunch specials looked to be more in the $10-$12 and up range.

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