Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant

2717 W. Olympic Blvd.
Koreatown, CA 90006
213-380-1113
Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant +

Amy Scattergood

Details

  • Daily, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Owner Monica Lee celebrates Beverly Soon Tofu’s 30th birthday this year, and the restaurant’s philosophy could serve as a lesson for aspiring businesspeople everywhere: Focus on one thing and do it very, very well. The specialty of the house is and has always been soon tofu, the volcanic-red, bubbling soft tofu stew, available in a variety of flavors. Whether you choose cod roe or kimchi or the house favorite — a combination of pork or beef with seafood — the effect is basically the same: a warming, comforting glow from the chili and egg and almost puddinglike tofu. The small room is practically enrobed in wood, from the beautiful cross-section of redwood that takes up one wall to the rustic wooden tables and benches and stools where you sit to slurp and gobble your food. The incredibly diverse crowd — which on weekend days piles up at the doorway waiting to be seated — just goes to show that a narrow focus on quality and consistency resonates with all types of Angelenos. —Besha Rodell

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