Best Pancakes in a Supermarket Parking Lot - 2011
Koo's Ho-tteok Cart
"I know the perfect dessert place in K-Town." Armed with knowledge of Koo's Ho-tteok Cart, these are magic words for a 20-something on a date. In a city full of faceless, members-only bars and superclubs, there's something especially sweet about waiting in the cold outside a Korean supermarket for a piping-hot pancake wrapped in a paper plate. Here the ho-tteok, or sweet rice pancake, is fashioned out of rice flour, filled with cinnamon and brown sugar syrup and crushed peanuts before being smashed onto a sizzling griddle and held there to crisp, its chewy-gooey appeal only intensifying. It's $1 for a single pancake, but they come most naturally in twos, to be gobbled up ravenously before a quick trip into the market, where the daters can taste-test various kimchi products and imagine the meal they'll inevitably cook together. Walking back to the car leads past the truck for another ho-tteok and the eventual kiss goodnight. 4317 Beverly Blvd., Koreatown.