Los Angeles: Kogi BBQ Truck Grows Up and Procreates
Finally, high- and lowbrow foodie culture have meshed into one singular explosion of trendiness. The fancy folk are gleefully returning to food carts and regular Angelenos are happily chowing down on self-proclaimed fusion cuisine at the flavor of the moment: Kogi BBQ. See, Kogi is a Korean taco truck. It smooshes together two of LA’s best culinary traditions to create one awesome package: bulgogi in a corn tortilla! For a short while it was underground, moving around the city with only a Twitter feed to alert the most obsessed early adopters. But (and this may come as a shock to out-of-towners), LA is a food city, and this couldn’t stay hidden for long.
Kogi now has a regular schedule (listed on their site), and it speaks to its hipness: Wednesdays at the Golden Gopher, Thursdays in Little Tokyo, Fridays in Silver Lake … and late Fridays and Saturdays at The Brig in Venice, Kogi’s one stop on the Westside (yeah, suck it, beach towns).
Angelenos are promised a second truck any day now — a baby Kogi to zoom around town and melt hearts all over again. It might add more stops on the Westside. But if I had to guess, I’d say they’ll first add more in the San Gabriel Valley. Coolness is moving ever eastward, and the fusion with it.