The Walking Dead. Buns. Two things my friends and I like and now they are finally together as one! Well...sort of. Steve Yuen aka Glenn from the Walking Dead is an investor in The Bun Shop
, a restaurant opened by his brother Brian and chef James Seok.
Originally a food truck, The Bun Shop recently opened a brick and mortar located on Western Ave. in the heart of Koreatown, holding court across the street from the popular Koreatown landmark, Biergarten. A self proclaimed "Bao and Brew" spot, on a recent visit with a few friends and we ordered everything on the menu and I have to say, nothing disappointed. Everything was fresh, flavorful and delicious!
The buns are ordered by the twos or threes plus a side and are a lot more filling then they look. I suggest starting with two and then adding another bun or sides if you're still hungry. The requisite Korean favorites are there, the Korean marinated "Beefy" and the "Spicy Pig", a modern ode to daeji bulgogi. Flavorful meat nestled into a soft, airy bun is my idea of Korean pub food perfection.
There are also "Pork Belly" and "Spam" buns but the "Katsu" bun is a absolute standout. Panko crusted chicken, lightly fried, paired with a slaw and special BBQ sauce will leave you wishing you had another. There are also vegetarian buns which I always consider a plus, the fried avocado "Temp Veg" and the "Tomanako", panko fried tomato bun. Both of which are tasty and just as filling as their meat laden counterparts.
While the meals come with sides of edamame or pasta salad, the fries are really where it's at. Perfectly fried and seasoned, one side fed three of us in addition to our bun meals. Ba'Corn Cheese, Sticky Wings and Wontons round out the sides but I really wanted to try the Dosirak. Sadly, they were sold out and my heart wept at the loss of tasting their version of one of my faves, Korean fried rice with kimchi.
For dessert there are custard buns and deep fried Oreos and it hurts me to say it but as a person who basically lives off of a diet of desserts, I say skip these. The savory buns are definitely the focus here.
Another important thing - the service is fantastic. Always jovial and helpful, the kindess is much appreciated and sometimes lost nowadays in restaurant service. It's definitely a reason to keep coming back. The Bun Shop has become one of my favorite places for a leisurely weekday lunch or late night snack, a great addition to the Koreatown food scene.
The Bun Shop
151 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
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