Check the Web site for various locations but you can always get it at the Alibi Room, 12236 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066 from 6-midnight, Monday through Saturdays.
Finally got to catch one of the Kogi BBQ trucks running around SoCal and it was definitely worth the wait if you’re in the mood for something delicious and different.
My friends and I caught one during lunch at the Yahoo! Center in Santa Monica where the line was long, but not unbearable. I think our heightened expectations along with the wait made me over-order as I got the kogi hot dog, kimchi quesadilla, and three different tacos (kogi, pork and chicken) all for about $17.
I liked everything I ordered and my friend Monica even raved about the tofu taco which I thought wouldn’t be as good. Everything probably tastes good because of the sauce and seasonings; it’s some hot Korean pepper sauce that comes off as spicy and sweet and the lettuce acts as a nice complimentary buffer against it. The tacos can be a bit messy to eat since they stuff it so have plenty of napkins on hand.
The kogi hot dog was a nice surprise. No, it’s not kalbi or bulgogi but the same hot dog made of mystery meat; it’s just dressed a lot differently. If hot peppers and cucumbers and the absence of ketchup define Chicago hot dogs, then the LA hot dog has to be a nice mess of kimchi, hot sauce and lettuce.
By the time I got to the kimchi quesadilla, everything tasted the same to me because of that special Kogi BBQ sauce but it was still good. It’s simply kimchi, cheese and that special sauce with sesame seeds sprinkled on top.
I think my expectations of Kogi BBQ were pleasantly fulfilled. To me, the fusion of this cuisine between Korean kimchi, all-American hot dogs and sliders and Mexican burritos and tacos not only represents fantastic food but all the good that comes from living in a country that’s as diverse as America. *cue chants of USA! USA!
It’s cheap and delicious. Need I say more?
Sometimes the line can be long
Not sure if this food truck craze has legs so get them while you can.
Written and reviewed by teeth