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Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta

posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:41 am

Hankook Taqueria: Westside

Seemingly banking on the Kogi Taco Truck phenomenon in LA, Hankook Taqueria (1341 Collier Road. 404-352-8881) serves a handful of tacos–fried fish, fried tofu, beef, etc.–made with flour tortillas and a handful of side dishes like fried dumplings. The spartan restaurant has been open for a few days. And it is only open during lunch for the time being. Take a gander at their menu (courtesy of www.thrillist.com):
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I went by for a few tacos today (see the photo of my meal above) and there were already plenty of folks eating there–probably due to the Thrillist article, which is how I found out about it. No verdict yet; I want to see what they put out for dinner service.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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12 comments

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Anonymous · October 16, 2009  1:16 PM

    flour tortillas

    FAIL

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Edward · October 17, 2009  7:08 AM

    Flour tortillas are fine for certain types of tacos. If it's a fish taco, give me flour any day.

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Anonymous · October 18, 2009  6:18 AM

    found out the hard way yesterday that "lunch only for now" is also weekdays only.

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Anonymous · October 19, 2009  12:03 PM

    It's actually kogi (and pronounced ko – gee, with the same 'g' as in the word 'go'), and it means meat in Korean.

    http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/food/la-fo-kogi11-2009feb11,0,3007869.story

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 19, 2009  7:48 PM

    Fixed. Thanks for the catch.

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Vinh H · October 20, 2009  5:18 AM

    Wish this place was open on weekends.

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Anonymous · October 20, 2009  5:45 AM

    FLOUR TORTILLAS? Are you serious? That just kills it!

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Arthur · October 20, 2009  7:52 AM

    FLOUR TORTILLAS? That's an automatic – No Thanx! Absulutely no desire to even try. How could the screw that up sooo big?

    Might as well do Taq. del Sol – another abomination. Incidentally, the cool think about Kogi was that they actually respected both food cultures they're trying to meld – i.e. corn tortillas, onions+cilantro+cabbage topping & their House Salsa. That respects the Taco Truck tradition.

    Sure, this place isn't a truck, too bad.

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Anonymous · October 21, 2009  6:51 AM

    Is a Korean taco such an established tradition that you can really say that flour tortillas are the wrong/right way to do it?

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Anonymous · October 26, 2009  1:53 PM

    Not sure corn tortillas would work with these flavors so I was fine with flour. I enjoyed the chicken, beef, and pork tacos. Fish was OK. Skip the "street food" fried appetizers.

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: Robert · October 30, 2009  8:40 AM

    I stopped by today since I was in that neighborhood; I really liked them. The pulled pork was my favorite, followed by beef then chicken. I'll definitely go back to try more. The people at the counter were very friendly, I was the only one there (about 11:30). I got an "independant Korean Moe's" vibe from it. Those complaining about the flour tortillas need to at least try them before berating them; I'm not sure corn would be better with the blend of flavors.

  • Re: Korean tacos finally hit Atlanta
    posted by: q · November 4, 2009  7:11 AM

    Those complaining about the flour tortillas are exposing a little ignorance about basic flavor profiles, not to mention Korean cuisine. Don't be in such a rush to be "authentic" and "cool". You're talking about KOREAN TACOS. (This is coming from both a corn tortilla enthusiast and a former resident of South Korea)

    As for my experience in the restaurant, I agreed that the appetizers were disappointing (very bland jop jae and mandoo), but I really enjoyed the tacos. Very friendly service, but don't expect ambiance. I'll be back to try the burritos, and maybe get them to go.

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