3412 17th Street/Valencia,
hearing at Casanova
I've seen Young's
BBQ from the outside before, but I always thought it was an American
BBQ joint. If I'd known it was Korean BBQ, I would have tried it long
ago, given my unflagging crusade to find a bi bim bop that measures up
to Steve's. And I'm not talking about McClure, because, as far as you
know, he doesn't have a first name. He's a judge.
I'm talking Steve's
Lunch. Ann Arbor, Michigan. I felt bad blathering about it throughout
this Fud Court session, but frankly, Young's bi bim bop paled, as did
their bul go gi, which Judge McClure ordered. Not to say these weren't
good. They were as good as any I've tasted in this town. And Judge
Turner's short ribs were very good. Side dishes: The pork fried rice was
delicious, but the potstickers' icy centers ruined their bang-up flavor.
Everything was pretty cheap, too (between 5 and 6 bucks for the bop),
and the portions were large.
Go eat there. It's
good. It's no Steve's, but that's my problem, not yours. Unless you're
from Ann Arbor. Then you understand the hole in my gut where Steve's bi
bim bop belongs. The hole in my gut that fits like a mitten.
valet parking here, yet. Young's is right in the mix of the Mission,
a hole in the wall I never noticed. I'm happy that Judge Turner let
us in on his little secret.
BBQ is a personal favorite of mine and it's always great to add a tasty
spot to my list of eateries. The menu is simple and the portions are
big. A couple could eat their fill for about 10-12 dollars. My meal
of thin strips of beef over rice (bul go gi), side salad with 1,000
island dressing, pork fried rice, and potstickers was most satisfying.
The beef, of a nice quality and large portion, was served up with a
tasty sauce. The large plate of fried rice we shared was flavorful.
The only disappointment was the potsticker. When I saw them my eyes
lit up. They looked oh-so-good -- yummy looking dumplings with a dish
of dipping sauce -- and I have a passion for a tasty potstick. My disappointment
came with the first bite: while its taste and texture were as good as
you get, the icy center stole its flame of victory. It didn't ruin the
meal but I had to lower my rating because of this cold start.
is good, definitely more than just a place to fill your belly after
a beer or five. I recommend you don't drive, get on that pogo stick,
or borrow your friend's jet pack, and zoom on over to Young's.
after me: Bi Bim Bop.
Young's BBQ has
been there for a good long while, and with good reason. They fork out
the tasty K-BBQ at damn good prices. With damn good portions. A single
order of BBQ will feed two people that are not totally starving or extremely
large. And that's, like, six bucks. I chose the combo plate of chicken
and "beef short", which I guess means beef short ribs (like, eight bucks).
But frankly, this particular cut of beef I have seen only at Korean
BBQ places...with the little bone disk in there....anyway, it is tasty
as ALL-GET-OUT. And I mean that. Marinated, flame-grilled, sauced; you
know what I'm saying. You get some salad stuff with that, and spicy
kim chee supposedly, and plenty of rice and sauce. Our kim chee was
absent. I suspect because we were the last customers of the night. Judge
McClure was detained by an auto crash. I also recommend their fried
rice, which is plentiful and good. Oh, the potstickers...um, well, they
ARE deep fried and crispy, which is a beautiful thing...but this time
they were cold in the middle. However, they were still good, by God,
and I forgive them. I forgive them because I love Young's BBQ. And love
means not complaining about potstickers with cold centers.