Mongols BBQ, admittedly, was not a favorite on FTC. Nor was it ever talked about much on that-former-site-whose-name-shall-not-be-mentioned.
But, this all-you-can-stack-on-one-trip greasy spoon sustained this poor student for many a meal when I was but a wee lad (ok, ok… undergrad lad). And for that, I shall always be grateful.
Mongols BBQ was where I learned how to stack my noodle toppings taller in that narrow-diameter bowl than most other mere mortals there - a gift that I haven’t had to use in my later life (but I do feel adequately prepared, should the occasion ever arise).
I hear this location is giving way to a Taiwanese eatery: Northern Cafe. While I love dumplings and look forward to trying the new eatery in this spot, I cannot help but reminisce.
I think there’s another similar one in Pasadena. But yeah, I, too, cut my ACYE chops in part at Mongolian BBQ places. [quote=“J_L, post:1, topic:2406”]
Nor was it ever talked about much on that-former-site-whose-name-shall-not-be-mentioned.
For what it’s worth, not only is there not a prohibition on saying, writing, naming, or referring to Chowhound on this site, but I think it actually does us a disservice by avoiding the use of the term. Given that “Chowhound” was (and is) an established brand name, using it on this site will only help our Google search results from those lost souls still looking for, using, or relying on Chowhound.
Not that I live anywhere near it, but I second the sadness of this news. I too ate there many times when I was in school, and I would challenge you any day of the week on bowl-stacking.
Actually, the mere fact that you still call it an “all-you-can-stack-on-one-trip” place means I remain grand champion of mongol stacking. I consider it an all-you-can-stack-on-one-trip-unless-you’re-me kind of place… they made me stop!
Not random. Toddrickallen posted the update which was reposted onto Eater.
Northern Cafe has 2 branches, one in Hacienda and one in Cerritos. The Cerritos branch has beer license, but the Westwood one (probably) will not. Get the guo tie, jingdu spare ribs, orange chicken, skip the beef rolls
This is the greatest thing to happen to actual Chinese students at UCLA this decade, if not millenium. Will help attract even more cash-laden foreign students. After all, no self-respecting Commie would dare partake in fraudulent Mongolian cuisine.
Makes me wonder which are the longest-running remaining in Westwood Village? Off the top of my head:
Bank of America N/E corner of Westwood and Weyburn
Fama hair salon
Bel Air Camera (location changed)
Falafel King (location changed)
Aahs (location changed)
Village Eyes – Dr. Vogel (location changed)
the fancy pen and drawing store (location changed)
I think there is a Mongols in Van Nuys on Van Nuys just north of Ventura. I believe it is owned by the same people that own Le Chine Wok which moved from Beverly Glen and now shares the Van Nuys space with Mongols. May be a different Mongols.