Kogi is a Korean BBQ Taco Truck that moves around Los Angeles. Its customers only know where it is going to be parked by checking their website at www.kogibbq.com (their blog is hilarious) or following them on twitter@kogibbq. This fusion of Korean American and Mexican American food phenomenon could not have happened anywhere else but in Los Angeles. A city filled with people representing all different corners of the globe, this is the place to be for food and culture. Ahhh, I love L.A.
I went last week when it was parked in downtown L.A. in front of the Golden Golpher. They opened the truck at 9PM and when i got there at 9:40, I stood in line for an hour because there were 126 people in front of me. Everyone standing in line was so different from the next, meaning by race and ethnicity. It was so eclectic. Most everyone was between the 20 – 35 year old age range who showed up with at least 4 other friends and invited each other on Facebook or Twitter.
As I waited for my order I over heard one of the owners reminiscing with a customer about eating tacos in Highland Park, a mostly Latino immigrant community. I asked another owner how long they had been in business and he responded, “two and a half months and its been the craziest two and half months of my life”.
It was exciting to stand in line. And it was exciting to order, I had to try as many tacos at once. So I ordered one short rib bbq taco, one spicy chicken taco, and one tofu taco. On their menu you will find burritos and kimchi quesadillas. Yes, kimchi quesadillas. When I finally took my first bite, it was well worth the crazyness. The sweet short rib taco sitting on a warm soft tortilla filled with cilantro, onions, and cabbage made my mouth happy.
After waiting, chatting, ordering, meeting, waiting, and eating, I could not do anything else but go home. My night was fulfilled.
As I said, it is a phenomenon…a total L.A. experience.
p.s. the owners also seem to be community conscious, they’ve decided to park in Little Tokyo in front of the Japanese American Museum on Thursdays. This Thursday btw, is a film screeening hosted by Bringing the Circle Together. The screening will be at the National Center for Preservation of Democracy, which is also across the museum. See you there, with taco in hand waiting for the movie.