Seoul Taco: Lets taco ‘bout it

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With locations in the Delmar Loop, downtown Columbia and via a food truck that travels throughout St. Louis, many SLUdents have already had the pleasure of trying the up-and-coming Korean-Mexican taco joint, Seoul Taco. However, there are still many among us who don’t get the opportunity very often to get off of campus and sample the local cuisine and thus have not had the pleasure of trying this taco lover’s paradise.

As you might have guessed, Seoul Taco is best known for their tantalizing tacos, which combine Korean salad mix, green onion, Seoul Sauce, crushed sesame seeds, a wedge of lime and your choice of either steak, chicken or spicy pork, giving them a taste that is uniquely its own.

Depending on your meat of choice, the tacos can range greatly: from your classic all beef taco with a splash of Seoul Sauce sweetness to a one of a kind spicy pork taco that provides enough zest without leaving you with an irritating burning sensation. This is a truly delectable balance that few restaurants of any caliber or type have attempted, and even fewer have mastered. Luckily enough for us, though, Seoul Taco’s short but stout menu doesn’t stop there.

They also have quality quesadillas, bursting burritos and nectarous nachos, along with their diamond in the rough: the gogi bowl. Gogi bowls are a combination of rice, fresh veggies, fried egg, carrots, green onions, sesame oil and spicy Gochujang pepper sauce, which creates a taste that is truly tantalizing. Gogi bowls are perfect for those of you out there who love to enjoy a flavor-filled meal without all of the extra calories. As you can guess, with all of these delicious different types of platters available, Seoul Taco has been doing quite well over the last few years, especially as of late.

In 2014, owner and CEO David Choi moved his extremely popular Korean-Mexican restaurant to its now current location in the Delmar Loop. Even more recently, Choi announced that on Jan. 16, he planned to close Seoul Q, a higher-end Korean barbecue restaurant that was housed with Seoul Taco in the Delmar Loop, in order to add dining and cooking space for Seoul Taco.

Current lunch and dinnertime lines for Seoul Taco can stretch well out the door, and by nearly doubling the square footage of Seoul Taco, Choi hopes to eliminate most of this congestion. The renovation of Seoul Taco is slated to be finished by mid to late February, and Seoul Taco will remain open during the construction. Even with all of the added distractions of expansion, Seoul Taco continues to bring an excellent Korean restaurant experience to St. Louis that many have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy for years to come.

As for an overall rating of Seoul Taco, they earn a 4.3/5 for several reasons—the first and most important being size. When you walk into the restaurant, you immediately feel cramped due to the fact that two restaurants are trying to operate simultaneously in an already small building space. However, what Seoul Taco lacks in size it makes up for in price and flavor. Starting at just $2.50 for a taco, there are few who can turn them down. The menu increases only marginally to $8.00 for their most expensive items, a burrito or nachos.

As for flavor, all there is to say is that they simply don’t take any short cuts. They make truly great food — but don’t take my word for it. Make your way down to 6665 Delmar Blvd and find out for yourself.