Monday, February 14, 2011
1341 Collier Rd., Atlanta, GA www.hankooktaqueria.com
Kyle, Heidi and I had dinner at this hole-in-the-wall Korean taco joint last week, but I've been under the weather ever since, so I'm just now getting to tell you about it. Sorry for the delay in posting.
Yes, Hankook is a Korean BBQ taco restaurant. They also serve burritos and "street snacks," or interesting sides. The tacos range from $2.25 to $3.50 (the higher price is for seafood), the burritos are $6.25 or $7.50 (for shrimp), and the sides are between $2 and $6 each.
Hankook Taqueria may not look like much from the outside, but in the grand tradition of Buford Hwy, it packs a wallop inside. Ignore the hard wooden booths and wobbly tables and chow down.
When I was there last week I ordered the chicken taco, which comes marinated in spicy Korean sauce. I also got the shrimp taco, fried shrimp in a Hoisin tarter sauce. Both were very good, full of fresh lettuce, shredded mozzarella cheese and good meat. I liked the tarter sauce on the shrimp, but would have preferred the shrimp to be grilled or broiled rather than crispy. Still, I enjoyed it.
Next the three of us split an order of the sesame fries ($2) and an order of the Man-Doo ($4), fried pork dumplings with a ginger scallion dipping sauce. These were both incredible. Now regular fries will probably always seem boring to me, and the dumplings were plump and a great deal - 6 of them for $4. You can't beat that.
There are 2 things that are great about this place. The first is that it's different. Korean taco carts and mobile restaurants may be a regular thing in California, but not here in Atlanta. Hankook Taqueria gives southerners a wonderful new combination of flavors to sample. The second great quality is the prices. You can easily get a full dinner for less than $10 here.
Verdict: An excellent find for diners looking for a unique and cheap meal.