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Looks like a Kogi truck, but it's not...

J.L. May 4, 2009 05:41 PM

Hi gang,

I drove by a Kogi-esque truck yesterday parked in Westwood Village. The logo bore an uncanny resemblance to Kogi's (same colors), but said "Calli Korean BBQ"... I was in a hurry at the time, so I couldn't stop by for a sample.

Has anyone tried it? Any other copycats out there?

Just curious. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Chandavkl RE: J.L. May 4, 2009 05:49 PM

    Well, there's the Chinese/Mexican truck for kung pao and chashu tacos, burritos and tamales.


    1. mpken RE: J.L. May 4, 2009 06:46 PM

      Kogi knock off is like the new Hawaiian BBQ.

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      1. re: mpken
        Normal Garciaparra RE: mpken Nov 14, 2009 02:06 AM


        Kogi knockoffs are the new Fro-Yo! :)

        Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

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        webb RE: J.L. May 4, 2009 06:48 PM

        I saw a truck the other day called "Galbi."

        1. Chowpatty RE: J.L. May 5, 2009 09:16 AM

          There's the Yuri truck -- teriyaki and I think sushi rolls.

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            huaqiao RE: Chowpatty May 5, 2009 01:31 PM

            That's an interesting name for a truck considering the association the word "yuri" has within the anime/manga crowd. :)

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            LakerFan RE: J.L. May 5, 2009 11:49 AM

            its probably the Calbi Bbq truck.

            I can understand other businesses giving us their version of korean tacos, but this place looks like a carbon copy of Kogi. Look, logo and everything.

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            1. re: LakerFan
              wilafur RE: LakerFan May 5, 2009 01:43 PM



              Huge Jackman says: “Korean Calbi BBQ is the best” He also said that “Korean BBQ made his nice body figure.”

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                andytseng RE: wilafur Jun 3, 2009 11:20 AM

                That's a great porn name.

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                  Servorg RE: andytseng Jun 3, 2009 11:27 AM

                  Next film role up for Hugh "Onan the Barbarian" with no female co-star...

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                    a_and_w RE: Servorg Jul 15, 2009 08:48 AM

                    While the wee wife's away, just a few questions on the subject of onanism...

                    Any recent reports on the CalbiBBQ truck? Is it...local?

                    PS: Do they put cucumbers on their tacos and burritos?

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                      wilafur RE: a_and_w Jul 15, 2009 09:58 AM

                      i've seen the truck parked in SM, on wilshire @ 4th a couple times.

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                        a_and_w RE: wilafur Jul 16, 2009 09:12 AM

                        Tried the one at Arizona and 17th and was really impressed! I was a little thrown by the addition of cheese and egg, which aren't listed on the menu, to my burrito. Next time, I'll probably order my burrito without cheese and egg. I haven't tried the Kogi truck, so I can't compare, but I will definitely be returning to the Calbi truck.

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                          wilafur RE: a_and_w Jul 16, 2009 04:23 PM

                          ah, saw it on arizona as well last night on my way home from dinner.

              2. re: LakerFan
                lotta_cox RE: LakerFan Jun 2, 2009 10:43 AM

                That's crazy how similar it looks. I am planning on giving it a try. I loved Kogi food, and am happy to see more options like this in the market.

              3. E Eto RE: J.L. May 5, 2009 01:44 PM

                Like most popular fads (food or otherwise) I'm sure we're just seeing the beginning of the copycat syndrome. Who knows? Some of the copycats might be even better than the original.

                1. peppermonkey RE: J.L. May 5, 2009 02:39 PM

                  wonder if this is the one that begged kogi for help and then stole their receipes

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                    Low Blood Sugar RE: J.L. May 5, 2009 02:51 PM

                    With a recession that might last for years I see food trucks really taking off. Someone please start a tandoori burrito truck. :)

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                      wilafur RE: Low Blood Sugar May 5, 2009 02:56 PM

                      i'm praying for a halal cart similar to the one on 53rd & 6th in nyc.

                      oooooooooh yeah!

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                        peppermonkey RE: wilafur May 5, 2009 03:04 PM

                        oh yes we need that halal cart...not the others ones just tons of that one...

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                          E Eto RE: peppermonkey May 5, 2009 11:00 PM

                          The 53rd/6th cart is probably the most popular, but there are about a dozen or more carts that make a comparable or better product. If that cart is the Kogi of NY Halal carts, I'm happier with many of the knockoffs. We've seen this happen with Tommy's and all the knockoff burger joints in LA.

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                            hppzz RE: E Eto May 6, 2009 12:34 AM

                            agreed. 53rd/6th cart is over rated...just like Kogi.


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                              wilafur RE: hppzz May 6, 2009 09:30 AM

                              how about instead of just bashing the cart, why don't you help us out and list the other carts for us to try?

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                          namstermonster RE: wilafur May 5, 2009 04:45 PM

                          omiG!! im so all over that!! one of the things i love most about ny haha :)

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                            yvonnechiffon RE: wilafur Jun 1, 2009 01:27 PM

                            Me too!!!! Any progress?

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                              wilafur RE: yvonnechiffon Jun 1, 2009 01:52 PM

                              stll prayin'

                          2. re: Low Blood Sugar
                            J.L. RE: Low Blood Sugar May 5, 2009 05:45 PM

                            Caviar truck, please.

                            1. re: Low Blood Sugar
                              bad nono RE: Low Blood Sugar May 5, 2009 05:55 PM

                              not a truck, but they have "Indian tacos" at the place right next to the El Rey (I haven't tried though). I think they have chicken tikka masala tacos, and something called the "naanwich".
                              I'd sign up for the tandoori burrito truck myself.

                              1. re: bad nono
                                bsquared2 RE: bad nono May 5, 2009 10:54 PM

                                Chicken Tikka Burrito sounds fantastic. The Chinese Taco place has BBQ Tacos which I think sounds great. I went looking for them tonight but couldn't find them.

                                The tortilla is a great delivery device for all types of food. The trick is making sure the filling is good enough to rise above being a 'gimmick'. I haven't been to Kogi in a long time (I won't wait in line), but I think they did a good job of doing that.

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                                  The Chowhound Team RE: bsquared2 May 6, 2009 11:20 AM

                                  Folks, We've removed several posts about food trucks that it'd be nice to have. Please keep the discussion focused on food trucks you know of in the here and now. Thanks so much!

                              2. re: Low Blood Sugar
                                lotta_cox RE: Low Blood Sugar Jun 2, 2009 10:43 AM

                                I want a bahn mi truck like the one in NYC,

                                1. re: lotta_cox
                                  sel RE: lotta_cox Nov 15, 2009 08:17 AM

                                  And so I give you The Nom Nom Truck!


                                2. re: Low Blood Sugar
                                  Ndelible RE: Low Blood Sugar Jul 16, 2009 01:09 PM

                                  Turbans & Cowboys @ the El Rey. The burritos and tacos are very good; skip the fries.

                                3. alkylyou RE: J.L. Jun 1, 2009 07:54 PM

                                  the calbi truck is super funny.
                                  i haven't been to it, but i love the disgusting pictures of the food blown up on the side of the truck.
                                  they do a taco with fake crab, which is all i need to say.

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                                    J.L. RE: alkylyou Jul 16, 2009 09:22 PM

                                    Make that krab (with a "k")...

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                                    posh RE: J.L. Jul 16, 2009 07:40 PM

                                    Remember those forlorn days when every trash can was bursting with Pinkberry cartons? And the stories in the paper about the fanatics willing to wait for an hour in line? And every corner missing a Pinkberry had a place called __(color)__ + __(fruit)__?

                                    Ah yesterday!

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                                    1. re: posh
                                      BeerLover RE: posh Nov 13, 2009 01:29 PM

                                      personally I hate copy cats! but food is food.. I say just try them and post up a review

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                                      ickster RE: J.L. Nov 13, 2009 02:13 PM

                                      Whats that quote about all new things....

                                      Its been discussed here previously, but there used to be a place called Don Taco, or something along those lines, that used to make stir fried burritos. It was marinated meat, with onions and peppers--dont remember exactly but I believe the marinade was soy based. It was on Western and now makes roasted chickens I believe. Fans of that place have raved about it. The first place doing chino-latino combo in LA (asian style meat in a tortilla).

                                      Don Taco
                                      1701 Truman St, San Fernando, CA 91340

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