The Food Truck that started it all (as in the need for Your Next Bite Food Truck Friday), Kogi BBQ is celebrating it's 2nd year anniversary this coming Wednesday November 24th (the day before Thanksgiving). While last year was filled with pinatas and food competitions (as if stuffing your face before Turkey Day wasn't enough), this year there'll be 2 for $2 taco specials (excluding calamari, limit 2 tacos per person).
- tangy tabasco meets vinegar, sesame seedy Kimchi Quesadilla with Pickled Cabbage, Melted Cheese, Sesame Seeds & Spicy Sauce ($5)
- sweet barbeque meat, soy caramelized glaze, soft pillowy bun Kogi Short Rib chunky Sliders with Shredded Monterey Jack & Cheddar Cheese and Green Onions ($5)
- cool cabbage crunch, traditional korean bbq flavor Short Rib Tacos with Cilantro ($2)
- super impressively tender, hot sriracha sauce tasting Calamari Tacos ($2)
It's hard to believe that Your Next Bite has taken this long to blog about the one and only, original food truck that started my gourmet street food love, and probably yours too. There are several reasons why Kogi is on my top 3 (others are the Grilled Cheese Truck & Baby's Badass Burgers) food truck list: 1. Kimchi Quesadilla that no one else can beat 2.) loyalty to Miracle Mile 3.) they're the OG, RESPECT!
I've seriously eaten Kogi a thousand times, so I thought it'd be appropriate to blog about my favorites, plus a new special. Forks down, my favorite is their Kimchi Quesadilla. I mean, besides cheese & chocolate, what could be a better indulgent combination than a greasy quesadilla with spicy Kimchi Cabbage that's good for your digestion too – it's like my yoga instructor channeled me into trying this new vegetarian obsession. It's crunchy, it's spicy, it's cheesy, it's greasy, it's big enough for two, and it's good for your digestive health – need I say more?
My 2nd must-order is the Short Rib Sliders. First of all, their pillowy buns melt in your mouth. Coupled with the sweet Korean BBQ flavored meat, Shredded Cheese, pungent Green Onion, and new charcoal grill marks on top, it's like a Kings Hawaiian Luau on your tongue.
3rd – you really can't go to Kogi without ordering their Short Rib Tacos. It's their signature and when you taste it, you'll realize why every other korean food truck tries to replicate it but fails. It's true Mexican-meets-Korean with spicy Cilantro, fresh chopped Cabbage and Onion, and no extra Lime necessary. Just order it. You'll taste what I'm talking about.
Finally, I tried the new Calamari Tacos. The hand model and I were pleasantly surprised by the juxtaposition of the tender Calamari and fiery, spicy Sweet Chili/Sriracha finish. This one will sneakily clear your sinuses, so get your napkin ready.
Follow @kogibbq on twitter for updates on their 2nd birthday celebration locations and specials.