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John's Snack & Deli for Kimchi burritos & tacos, SF - any reports?

hhc Mar 26, 2009 09:01 PM

Yelpers are talking about it. Last day for the lunch special Fri 3/27/09: Kimchi Burrito $5.95
(Softshell tortilla, bulgogi beef, sauteed kimchi, lettuce, salsa, onions, cilantro, rice)

& Kimchi Soft Taco $2.95
(Softshell tortilla, bulgogi beef, sauteed kimchi, lettuce, salsa, onions, cilantro)

03/27 Friday: Dak Doritang
Tender chicken drumettes, potato, carrots, and onion sauteed in a family recipe sauce. Comes with rice, miso salad, and piece of fruit. $8.95


John’s Snack & Deli
40 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

John's Snack and Deli
40 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. Windy RE: hhc Mar 26, 2009 09:38 PM

    I love John's and get the kim bap and soon tofu all the time.

    The kim chi taco was awful. Pretty sure there was cheese on it too. I didn't finish it.

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    1. re: Windy
      david kaplan RE: Windy Mar 26, 2009 09:45 PM

      Agreed -- kim bap and soon tofu there are very good. I also really like their dokbokki (except the one time they used the ovalettes rather than cylinders and they were mushy) and the bibim naengmyon. I don't like the bi bim bop or the meats as much.

      Haven't gotten anywhere near the kimchi taco/burrito. The combination of salsa and kimchi sounded unpleasant to me.

      1. re: david kaplan
        Windy RE: david kaplan Mar 26, 2009 10:01 PM

        I only tried it because John was talking it up. And it's hard to resist John.

        Bi Bim Bop is greasy, but good on a cold day. All the more impressive for being made while you wait on a burner.

    2. larochelle RE: hhc Mar 27, 2009 08:30 AM

      Thanks! John's is right by one of my doctor's office and I've been meaning to pop in for ages but I'm usually in a rush to get back to the office.

      Now I have motivation to stop and smell the burritos....or kim bap.

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        zenduck RE: hhc Apr 28, 2009 01:50 PM

        John's just a couple of doors down Battery from my office, and I finally tried the burrito. I thought it was pretty darn good. I found all the dominant flavors (other than the tortilla) to be straight Korean - my lips are still tingling from the kim chi.

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: hhc May 15, 2009 12:43 PM

          I'm working a couple of blocks away so I tried one. Pork, kimchi, "beans" that were maybe some kind of jang? "salsa" that seemed Korean too. Tasty but would have been better with more meat and chiles and less rice.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            rworange RE: Robert Lauriston May 15, 2009 12:50 PM

            Any Plans to try The Place on the Corner on New Montgomery. The bulgogi hot dog perhaps?

            1. re: rworange
              Robert Lauriston RE: rworange May 16, 2009 11:44 AM

              Usually I bring my lunch, and it's a short contract, so probably not.

              1. re: rworange
                Robert Lauriston RE: rworange May 18, 2009 01:54 PM

                Forgot my lunch today, so I checked ou that corner, and it doesn't seem to exist. Maybe the space was taken over by Caffe Trieste.

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                  rworange RE: Robert Lauriston May 18, 2009 05:01 PM

                  It would help if I had the correct name

                  The Store On the Corner
                  121 New Montgomery St

                  Caffe Trieste
                  199 New Montgomery St

                  The kitchen is in the back of a liquor/tobacco store.

                  1. re: rworange
                    Robert Lauriston RE: rworange May 18, 2009 05:40 PM

                    Ah. That's at the corner of Minna, not Natoma.

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              Keesey RE: hhc May 19, 2009 05:21 PM

              The Kimchi burrito needs retooling. They have the right tortilla, but they don't steam it like they do at regular taqueria's. You know that metal box they put the tortilla in and they pump in steam in there? John is missing that. So the tortilla comes out really dry and a lil brittle.

              Cheese and kimchi... not a great combo. Although his kimchi is good stuff... probably has more bite than the salsa. I had mine with chicken, since they ran out of bulgogi (marinated in a Korean sauce), which was fine... although it was lacking in flavor.

              Bottom line... worth trying. Nice mix of flavors, but really not something I'd get too often. I have yet to try the tacos. But John is super duper friendly and is really excited his lil deli is getting a lot of good buzz.

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              1. re: Keesey
                Robert Lauriston RE: Keesey May 20, 2009 07:13 PM

                I thought I saw one of those Fresh-O-Matic steamers. In any case, my tortilla was quite moist, I was thinking one improvement (impossible in that kitchen) would be to grill the burrito a bit like they do the shawerma wraps at Truly Med.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  tigerlion RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 4, 2009 07:46 PM

                  So I was intrigued by the idea when I first heard of it and so I decided to give John's shop a try. Total disappointment! I am not sure if they ran out of everything at 1 p.m. or if the burrito I had was the standard. The skimpy burrito contained only little rice, chicken, maybe a piece of kimchi and lettuce, and a dab of cheese wiz (see my yelp picture review). It was stone cold and dry. The lady was making it out of a toaster oven. (WTF)! I was really hoping to like the place, and the idea of Korean/Mexican fusion, but this is not a great mix at John's. Maybe another place can improve on the idea and bring the life of Kogi to S.F.

              2. realfilf RE: hhc May 2, 2010 08:37 AM

                I used to work next door to John's and I watched his 200 sq ft. Korean food hole-in-the-wall blossom into a FiDi destination. By the time my office moved, I had to phone my order in ahead so he didn't sell out of my favorite burrito.

                Lately, I've been recreating Kimchi Burritos at home. Here's a post on my food blog, realfilf - http://www.realfilf.com/?p=485

                1. The Dive RE: hhc Jun 24, 2010 02:14 PM

                  Had the kimchi burrito today -- "suicide" style. Nicely spicy, with the beef adding some sweetness. Great lunch!

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