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Mountain Cafe

3064 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Mountain Cafe +

Photo: Anne Fishbein


  • Daily 24 Hours
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Open 24 Hours
  • No Alcohol
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Mountain is probably the first porridge depot Koreatown devotees will point you to, a meager, barely marked storefront in a perpetually overpacked minimall with a few worn tables, some wooden chairs that seem about a week and a half from collapse, and a stack of Korean papers. Mountain is not the least odiferous of dives — there is a permanent, if appropriate funk of kimchi and boiled animal — and it is occasionally difficult to secure a seat. It’s loud. English is not the first language of the restaurant, to put it mildly; the mounted wall menu, which lists things like “soup made from the bones of the four legs of an ox” can be fairly incomprehensible, even if you have a pretty good idea of what you want to eat.
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