Koreatown signage can be confusing along Western Avenue, but you'll spot Mok Maru Jong Sul Jip immediately from the giant banner featuring Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. If you can't make it to the stadium, rally here. But don't just do it for the obvious reasons, such as the cheap-enough pitchers of Hite on every table, next to a small, green bottle of soju, which is there in case you decide that you're not drunk enough. Don't even do it just for the Ryu Burger, a messy patty topped with kimchi, jalapeños and melted pepper jack. Come to Mok Maru Jong Sul Jip for the way the room erupts with applause every time Ryu strikes out a batter. And stay for the people-watching — old men, jocks and couples on dates clinking glasses — as well as the food, particularly the carne asada fries on the menu. Like Randy Newman, we love L.A. —Amy Nicholson
222 N. Western Ave., Koreatown, 90004. (323) 465-6803, facebook.com/MokMaruJongSulJip.