Eight years ago, Roy Choi’s Kogi taco truck not only introduced its own unique fusion of Korean and Mexican food to Los Angeles, but also launched the food truck craze that still thrives today. Recently Kogi opened up a brick-and-mortar storefront in Palms, offering the same tasty bites, but in a permanent location.
Kogi was already available at the Alibi Room at night, but with the taqueria, it’s available day and night. No need to find out where the trucks will be, as the taqueria is always in the same place.
When we came here, the line was only a few people deep – not bad considering how long the lines can get at the truck. The taqueria has a way more extensive menu than the trucks, with eight different fillings to choose from for your tacos and burritos, and several “favorites,” including Kogi hot wings.
As with the trucks, you order at the counter ,and the food still comes in the paper trays.
I ordered a couple of tacos – short rib and the spicy pork. The meat on the short rib had been marinated bulgogi-style so that the meat had a sweetness to it, contrasting nicely with the cabbage slaw.
The spicy pork taco did not quite live up to its name. It wasn’t very spicy, which is good by me since I can’t handle spicy very well.
If you like spicy, the kimchi quesadilla does not disappoint. Loaded with spicy kimchi and topped with salsa, the quesadilla will turn up the heat in your mouth. My husband loves it.
If you’re a vegetarian, Kogi also offers a tofu and a cebollita y aguacate (onions and avocado) for tacos and burritos, both of which are vegan. For those gluten-free diners, tacos are a great option since they are served on corn tortillas. If you’re hungry, order at least three tacos, or maybe stick with a burrito or one of the quesadillas. The blackjack quesadilla is killer, filled with pork, cheese, and topped with salsa.
Kogi has a couple of desserts, a Siracha bar and a chocolate tres leches cake. I’ve never had room for either one, but maybe one of these days. At least I always know where I can go to get my Kogi fix.
Location: 3500 Overland #100, Los Angeles 90034
Website – http://kogibbq.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Pesco-Vegetarian Friendly – Yes
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes