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