3515 Wilshire Blvd.
Koreatown, CA 90010
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Anne Fishbein Redondo Beach Pot with crab


  • Wed.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Business Dining
  • Garage Parking, Valet Parking
The menu at Roy Choi’s POT has gotten a little smaller and more manageable in the past year. The hours have changed, too; what started as an all-day, every-day affair is now open only four days per week. But the soul of the restaurant off the lobby of the Line hotel remains the same. There’s the pothead theme, complete with tons of drug references and menu puns more suited to middle school (the poké is called Poke Me). The hot pots still make up a large part of the offerings, and favorite dishes — such as the Beep Beep, which offers yuzu-rich rice slathered with uni and “dynamite” sauce — haven’t gone anywhere. But the restaurant now offers more traditional main courses, which use Korean flavors but aren’t as tied to tradition. A hickory-smoked duck breast comes with Korean maple barbecue sauce, and there’s a pork chop that’s more American in its origins than anything else, despite a soy ginger glaze. POT, which started out as a love letter to Korean-American youth culture, may be settling in to its less glamorous role, that of a hotel restaurant. That we should have such weird, cool, enjoyable hotel restaurants in L.A. is a reason for pride in and of itself. —Besha Rodell
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