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Korean BBQ Taco Truck Coming to San Diego?

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Ewilensky Apr 1, 2010 09:26 AM

Considering it is Aptil 1st - I'm doubtful.

Word came across via Twitter from Kalbiq

KOREAN TACO TRUCK! SAN DIEGO CHAPTER! WE LAUNCH IN 2 WEEKS! FOLLOW US ON TWITTER TO STAY POSTED ON UPDATES!

http://twitter.com/kalbiq

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    MrKrispy RE: Ewilensky Apr 1, 2010 10:19 AM

    Now that's just mean!

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      Encinitan RE: Ewilensky Apr 1, 2010 02:37 PM

      Could be real, but appears to have nothing to do with Kogi BBQ. Success breeds imitators.

      http://twitter.com/kalbiq
      Name Andy Choe
      Location San Diego, CA
      Bio San Diego's Korean BBQ Mobile Truck! Launching in 2 weeks! FOLLOW US FOR FUTURE CONTESTS, PROMOTIONS, and LOCATIONS!

      1. foodiechick RE: Ewilensky Apr 1, 2010 03:04 PM

        All over Twitter - IT IS APRIL FOOLS.

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          mackrelmint RE: Ewilensky Apr 4, 2010 11:41 PM

          Looking at their Twitter page now—it actually seems that this wasn't an April Fool's joke. Could be good!

          1. wahlri RE: Ewilensky Apr 7, 2010 04:43 PM

            looks legit by the successive posts.

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              wahlri RE: wahlri Apr 7, 2010 04:44 PM

              btw that's a really well known brand in LA generating lines up to 2 hours long, according to my foodie friend in venice beach.

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                mmjgam RE: wahlri Apr 7, 2010 04:49 PM

                KOGI

            2. honkman RE: Ewilensky Apr 7, 2010 05:15 PM

              Kogi (which I really like in LA) had many rip-offs in LA including Kalbi. Is Kalbiq now the San Diego rip-off of Kalbi ?

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                Ewilensky RE: honkman Apr 8, 2010 11:39 AM

                Does seem somewhat legit:

                ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IS FINALIZING OUR MENU AND THE TRUCK INSPECTION!!! WE'RE LOOKING TO START NEXT FRIDAY-ish!!! WHERE SHOULD WE GO??

                Still, until I actually have some tasty Korean BBQ in my belly, sill dubious. And if a joke, a cruel cruel one.

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                  royaljester RE: honkman Apr 8, 2010 05:25 PM

                  As long as it's good, I forgive them.

                  I was confused, because in Sorrento Valley there's now a Korean-owned Mexican food truck coming by starting a week or two ago. I assume this is a totally different menu.

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                    DougOLis RE: royaljester Apr 8, 2010 05:44 PM

                    where's that? how is it?

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                      DiningDiva RE: royaljester Apr 8, 2010 06:36 PM

                      Where? Details please. Menu?

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                        Ewilensky RE: royaljester Apr 8, 2010 07:37 PM

                        Surely you jest!!!! You've been holding out on us!!!????

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                          royaljester RE: royaljester Apr 20, 2010 05:59 PM

                          Well it's at Sorrento Valley, on Barnes Canyon Road past Karl Strauss and near Qualcomm. Every Friday and every other Tuesday they told me. But I don't think it's the same thing as OP is discussing. All I can say is it's a Korean owned Mexican food truck, so unless it's the real thing it's a "copycat". It's alright. Clean truck and the tacos are different than anything I've had, but not sold yet on them.

                          There's not much to be had here in Mira Mesa so I welcome all the competition we can get.

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                            daantaat RE: royaljester Apr 20, 2010 08:37 PM

                            menu? description of food options? hours?

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                              Encinitan RE: daantaat Apr 20, 2010 10:24 PM

                              WE WILL LAUNCH NO LATER THAN THE 26th!!

                              From a tweet two days ago.

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                                royaljester RE: daantaat Apr 21, 2010 11:03 AM

                                Pork, Beef, Chicken, Fish Tacos, not sure of the hours but they show up at lunch on Fridays suddenly. Drinks including Korean ones. ;-) It's new to me, so don't know much more..

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                          Katherine H RE: Ewilensky Apr 21, 2010 10:34 AM

                          This is a different entity than Kalbiq, but a similar idea: http://www.tabebbq.com/. My coworker tried to get a taco at their Little Italy location last week, but the police were making them pack up when he arrived.

                          Also, looks like Thirtyeyes started a thread about Tabe late last year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6739...

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                            uberkelly RE: Katherine H Jun 7, 2010 08:48 PM

                            Tabe is really good, IMO. I've only had KALBIQ once but I think Tabe is better.
                            Such a nice change to eat something like that instead of the lame food courts in Sorrento Valley :)

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                            ikeg RE: Ewilensky Jun 7, 2010 11:28 PM

                            I tried this truck last week, and came away very unimpressed.

                            First of all, most of the items were sold out-- so I was only able to try the bulgogi, short rib, and spicy pork tacos. None of the tacos were hot, the insides were pre-cooked and essentially room temperature. Of the three, the best was the bulgogi, but that was because it was the only meat that had a distinctive taste. The short ribs had no seasoning whatsoever.

                            The ingredients they were using were a lot cheaper than Tabe. (Not that Tabe should be used as a benchmark truck, but they are the closest competitor here.) The tortillas seemed to be those cheap mission ones, and I would definitely expect a little better for a full on taco truck. Worst of all was the toppings they placed on top of the tacos, some sort of sour cream / cabbage mixture that overpowered the flavor differences between the different tacos. Eating all three in a row I would be hard pressed to tell you which one I was eating.

                            Their business model seems to be feeding college students who don't know good food from bad food-- they park semi-regularly within two blocks of my apartment, but I was so unimpressed I won't be returning.

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                              DougOLis RE: ikeg Jun 7, 2010 11:53 PM

                              Bummer. Doesn't sound much better than Tabe; which as I posted in a few other spots, I was not impressed with at all. So inferior to Kogi.

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