Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Restaurant review: Goghee To Go in Dallas
The esteemed Law Reviewers delve into the Korean BBQ taco trend.
DALLAS We know what you’re thinking – "Man, this summer is so unbearably hot, even for Texas. I should be having lunch in my car." Fantastic idea, Anonymous Reader; blast that A/C and roll down the windows, the neighborhood needs cooling off! So, lunch in the car it is ... but it’s not time for the Sonic happy hour, and you just had McDonald’s for second breakfast. Lucky for you, you have been cruising Harry Hines and you are near Goghee To Go, in the little building that used to house the Dreamsicle-colored Burguesa Burger. Re-painted a cool mint green, Goghee To Go is about to satisfy the urge you never knew you had. No, not that one, you sick freak. We’re talking about the urge for delicious Korean BBQ tacos.
While folks in L.A. still haven't quite caught on to the Dallas way of being fake-nice to people we don’t like, Dallas folks are slowly warming up to Korean tacos, one of the hottest food fads out west. To the uninitiated, typical Korean BBQ ("goghee" means meat in Korean) consists of very thinly sliced beef that has been marinated for a long time. The combination of thin slices and extra-long marinade time makes for some sweet and very tender BBQ.
Typical Korean fare also include kimchee (or gimchee, as Goghee to Go spells it), which is pickled cabbage, seasoned with chilies and other spices. Kimchee (gimchee, whatever) is ubiquitous in Korean meals, and in the case of Goghee to Go, makes a great complement to BBQ tacos.
Goghee to Go offers three types of protein -- beef, chicken, and pork, as well as portabella mushrooms as fillings for its small menu. Order any of those in tacos, a burrito, a burrito bowl, a quesadilla, or on a torta (that’s "sandwich" in ‘Mericun).
An order of three beef tacos ($6.25) was like taking a bite into some wonderful multicultural food concoction, a first-class flight for your taste buds – a real first-class flight on some Far East airline with lie-flat beds privacy curtains. With the kimchee add-on ($0.75), the tacos were a great combination of sweet, sour, salty, soft, and crunchy. For a moment, the experience of eating in the car was replaced by the experience of dining in some exotic Mexikorean bistro on Planet Delicious.
Thusly, on our sunburned five-gavel scale, where one gavel is an 85-degree morning "low," and five gavels is an ice-cold beer just after mowing the lawn on a hot day, we give Goghee To Go four gavels, or Dollar Ice Cream Night at a Rangers game.
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