Left Coast: Artisan Burgers

by Daniel Gray
SEOUL Magazine

There is no shortage of “gourmet” burger joints in Korea, yet few live up to the bill. Left Coast was inspired by the U.S. state of California to make Asian-inspired soul food.

This place has surprisingly gourmet accompaniments to burgers such as homemade tater tots, galbi fries (Korean short-rib fries) and macaroni and cheese (mmm…mac’n cheese). On the burger front, it has three types all made from freshly ground beef and handmade sauces and served on homemade buns.

Get a taste of the American West with the tangy and robust John Wayne Burger, which is topped with melted sharp cheddar and crunchy onion rings. My favorite is the Juicy Lucy, a burger stuffed with American cheese and cooked until the cheese is oozy. For something a little different, the Little Piggy Bao Bun has an uber-savory pork belly topped with a sweet tart sauce and a vinegary Asian slaw.

The space is clean and slick and the open kitchen elevates the experience from a simple dine-and-dash spot to a place to spend with friends.

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