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Cheap Eats: Kimchi Korean BBQ

Try Korean style tacos & burritos.


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Photo by Glen G. // Yelp.com

Inspired by the Korean-style tacos and burritos popular in Los Angeles and New York, first-time restaurant owners husband-and-wife Kae and Heidi Park have brought this fusion concept to the Tri-Valley. The small counter-service eatery offers the tacos and burritos, plus more typical Korean fare, such as dumplings and rice dishes, and of course, kimchi, the fermented vegetables that are a staple of Korean cuisine.  

The soft tacos ($2–$3) and burritos ($5–$7) are filled with different BBQ meats, including kalbi (short ribs) and bulgogi (marinated sliced beef). Our favorite dish? The bibimbap ($7), a signature Korean rice dish with sautéed beef, egg, and an assortment of seasonal vegetables, including seasoned spinach, bean sprouts, and shredded radish kimchi. Add Korean chili sauce for extra spice.
Korean to go: Grab one of 30 ready-to-go items, including kimchi, side dishes such as sautéed fish cakes or seaweed, bibimbap boxes, and housemade soup (including kalbi and beef bone).  
What’s number one? Kimchi’s top-selling item is the house-made mandoo (Korean dumplings).  
Kimchi 2: The owners hope to open a second location this spring with more sit-down dining and a larger menu.

 

 

Kimchi Korean BBQ, 4307 Valley Ave., Ste. D, Pleasanton, (925) 249-9188, togokimchi.com. Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat.

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