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Kogi Short Rib Taco

Korean Mexican Fusion Cuisine Served from Taco Trucks

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Waiting in line is for suckers, but so is waiting for a bar stool

  • Oct 28, 2009
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Kogi Kogi Kogi. With three trucks hitting the streets of LA, it’s hard not to ignore the hype that still surrounds these korean-mexcian fusion tacos since their conception almost a year ago.
I’ve been following Kogi, and despite the three trucks and diverse locations, I still never have managed to make it to the right spot. Or have been hungry or desperate enough to wait in line.
One night I was peeping the menu online, contemplating organizing a trip the The Brig for some tacos,  when I noticed the Kogi Trucks secret 4th location. A PERMENANT location. Score!
The Kogi Truck set up a permanent kitchen at the Alibi Room, a bar lounge located on Centinela and Washington in Mar Vista. They serve all the goods that the truck has to offer and a few more bar-friendly items as well.
It was a particularly windy night that I visited the Alibi room, so I was happy to be indoors and not standing in line at the side of the road.
When we got there at 8:30, the bar was full, and the side couch area was also packed. I wanted to sit, so we waited, and waited, for two bar stools or a spot on the couch. Everyone was drinking, and also eating, which I took as a good sign, we weren’t the only ones coming just for the tacos.
I was a little discouraged. We came to the Alibi room specifically NOT to have to wait. There was no line to stand in, just leaning against a side wall, eyes darting and staring at patrons lingering over their empty glasses. But we did get here sort of late, and this looked like a place that you come to hang out, enjoy dinner and the drinks.
Over a 30 minute wait later, we finally got a seat at the bar. The bar staff was unfriendly but by then I could have cared less. We placed our order, 3 Tofu tacos, 2 BBQ Chicken Tacos, 1 Short Rib Taco, Spiced Korean Fries and a Ginger Beer. Once we placed our order, the wait wasn’t too bad, the tacos came out in 10 minutes and the fries 5 minutes after that.
And how were those tacos? Delicious. Exactly how I imagined them to be. Tangy and salty, slightly sweet. Perfect ratios of tofu vs toppings. They were smaller then I would have liked.
The BBQ Chicken and Short rib were also good I hear.
The French fries were really good, extra crispy and spicy too! They were served with a combo mayo, siracha, ketchup sauce that I really really loved, but my companion wasn’t so thrilled with the mayo. It would have been nice to be able to get a side of just ketchup, but both the waitress and the bartenders were not readily available.
Overall, it’s pretty impressive that you can fuse together two completely different cuisines, Korean and Mexican. Its not just, Korean BBQ stuffed in a tortilla either. It’s a lot more thoughtful then that.
So, if your down to try the Kogi, or have been craving it, but the thought of standing in line defers you, check out Kogi at the Alibi room. Get their early to avoid the after work crowd and you’ll never have to chase that taco truck down again.
Waiting in line is for suckers, but so is waiting for a bar stool Waiting in line is for suckers, but so is waiting for a bar stool

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October 28, 2009
That's about the most random combination of food I've ever heard. Makes me jealous of you Lunchers in So Cal! That picture of that taco plate is amazing, by the way :P
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I'm a graphic designer, originally from Hawaii and now I'm living it up in L.A.   I've been a vegetarian my entire life, but I am still obsessed with fast food, and I love eating … more
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Korean and Mexican fusion cuisine sold from Taco Trucks in Los Angeles.
Uses Twitter @kogibbq and its blog http://kogibbq.com/ to let customers know where and when the trucks will be arriving.
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