Del Seoul's (DS) calling card is the Korean taco but it centers around more traditional "Seoul food" stuff like bulgogi, galbi and spicy barbecue pork along with a few bánh mì and a couple specialty items like dumplings and kimchi fries (say what?! keep reading).
|Kalbi, left. Pork, right. Can't tell the difference?|
2. Spicy BBQ Pork: For some reason DS forgot to include the word "sweet" in this taco's description. Sugar, not spice, won the race to my taste buds and didn't let go until I was done with the meal. To call this a single note taco would be untrue but I the candied meatiness of the damn thing made it tough for me to pick up on any other flavors.
|Shrimp, left. Fish, right.|
4. Sesame Shrimp: What I liked about this taco was that the shrimp wasn't masked by the sesame-chili aioli. What I disliked about it was its smug attitude and poor sportsmanship (just seeing if you're paying attention). Overall, a good summer taco.
The Other Guys
Del Seoul is a fun, festive little joint that's doing a damn good job of bringing some Korean flavah' to an area already packed with ethnic cuisine. I'd love to say they're BYOB because they don't serve alcohol, but the truth I don't know for sure. What I'd really like to see is a Del Seoul on wheels mixing it up with the small but growing group of food trucks already roaming the Chicago streets.