I happen to like Soot Bull Jeep a lot, but one must admit: There are a lot of other barbecue joints in Koreatown. Chungkiwa serves an ample selection of panchan (side dishes); uses Angus beef for its barbecue; and has a tasty, tangy bowl of naengmyon, chewy, cold buckwheat noodles, for afterward. And tabs tend to be about a third less than they are at Soot Bull Jeep, which probably explains the large number of students among the regulars.
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Dear Mr. Gold: I love Korean barbecue, especially all those side dishes and the bowl of cold noodles afterward, but Soot Bull Jeep is not exactly the most relaxing place to spend an evening, what with the smoke and the din, and it h...