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Friday, September 21, 2018
The 13th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk Explores Koreatown, Via 6th Street, in Honor of Jonathan Gold
For the 13th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk, we're hitting one of the most underappreciated streets in Los Angeles: 6th. It might not have the flash of a Wilshire, an Olympic, or a Santa Monica, but it's the workhorse street that gets you across town a bit faster than those other boulevards — and has plenty of sites of its own to explore.
But more importantly, 6th Street is one of the key arteries through Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood. And according to Jonathan Gold's assessment of Koreatown's restaurants, it also boasts some of the neighborhood's best food.
Like many Angelenos, we were heartbroken to learn of J Gold's death earlier this summer. If you loved Los Angeles, you loved Jonathan Gold — one of the most important L.A. boosters ever. When the Great Los Angeles Walk first tackled Pico Boulevard in 2007, he gave us a list of restaurants to hit during our all-day hike — something we used again when we returned to Pico in 2016.
Alas, Jonathan Gold is so synonymous with Pico that ideally that's where we'd return to celebrate him. But since we just hiked Pico two years ago, we wanted to recognize him in another way. Gold championed Los Angeles, its neighborhoods, and of course, its food. And he was particularly fond of Koreatown, and turned all of us on to countless great reasons to visit.
That's why, for 2018, we're walking down 6th.
From downtown, we'll start off at Pershing Square, and head west -- along the way seeing sites such as the Standard Hotel, the Jonathan Club, the Pacific Dining Car restaurant, MacArthur Park, the Park Plaza (now known as the MacArthur), Lafayette Park, Chapman Market, Koreatown, Hancock Park, Park La Brea, the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA, and more. When 6th ends, we'll stroll up San Vicente to Burton Way, and walk through a strip of Beverly Hills, past the Courthouse and city center, and down Little Santa Monica, eventually making our way onto Santa Monica Blvd. for the rest of the walk to the ocean.
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Most importantly: The date for the walk is SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018 at 9 am. Meet at Pershing Square! (It's always the Saturday before Thanksgiving -- just remember that!) More details to come!
Listen below as Jonathan Gold dishes about his favorite Koreatown restaurants: