Hi FTC folks – I am looking to create a consolidated list of KBBQ restaurants in LA that still utilize charcoal in their grills. I suspect the use of charcoal is limited to grandfathered restaurants only and new restaurants are required to commit to gas only to comply with newer health codes.
I am only aware of Soot Bull Jeep. I’ve been to Soowon Galbi and Brothers Galbi and during my last experiences at those restaurants, the grills were gas grills with what appeared to be lava rocks (??) to mimic the appearance of charcoal. Could have been off days as these were the early indoor dining reopening days. As such, I am hoping the discerning eyes at FTC are more reliable than misleading review on Yelp.
Its Yakiniku, not KBBQ, but Manpuku in WLA has been using charcoal “braziers” for their outdoor seating since the pandemic began. I think inside is gas. I recall several places in ktwon doing the same.