California AAA Westways Magazine


Los Angeles may be the U.S. capitol of Korean food, but there's precious little of it in the San Fernando Valley, so it's a fine thing that Hot Stone has opened in a corner mall in Studio City. The menu is entirely composed of stuff in bowls, such as bibimbap, a grilled noodle dish, barbecue chicken or pork, a soup, and two salads, all Korean-influenced if not strictly authentic. The gimmick is that many of the dishes are presented with scorching-hot stone bowls encased in wooden boxes, which shields customers from the heat. You can customize each dish by selecting the protein, the starchy base (brown or white rice; noodles; or a blend of quinoa, lentil, and black rice), and a spicy sauce or dressing. The best part? Most bowls are under $10 - J.T.B