Fast-casual Korean-Mexican fare has arrived in The Grove. Seoul Taco’s first St. Louis city location debuted on Jan. 22, offering its popular menu of classic Korean barbecue with a nod to Mexican street food.
“We’re really excited to share our food with The Grove. It’s exciting to be in such good company with such great neighbors,” chef-owner David Choi says.
As previously reported by Feast, the restaurant is the brand’s fourth outpost in Missouri following a location in Chesterfield. It is the seventh location total, in addition to the original food truck. Since opening its first brick-and-mortar storefront in the Delmar Loop, Seoul Taco has expanded with locations in Columbia, Missouri; Chicago and Naperville, Illinois.
The approximately 2,800-square-foot space features the brand’s signature street culture-infused style, with unique details carried out by Alex Morales of SmartMouth Designs including an elevated bench seating area, a green wall and string lights. The dining area seats around 80 guests and features a hanging collaborative art installation by Chicago muralist and chef Won Kim and artist Raul “Rawooh” Ramirez.
At the ordering counter, guests can choose from a variety of made-to-order Seoul Taco favorites. The selection includes tacos, quesadillas, burritos, a gogi bowl, nachos and Gogi & Waffles, each available with your choice of bulgogi steak, chicken, spicy pork or tofu. Choi’s personal favorite is the spicy pork burrito filled with kimchi fried rice, lettuce, cheese, carrots, green onions, sour cream and Seoul sauces.
He also highly recommends the Gogi & Waffles, which consists of sweet potato fries topped with queso blanco, kimchi, green onion, roasted sesame seeds and Seoul sauces. Side options include individual tacos, kimchi, kimchi slaw, kimchi fried rice, sweet potato fries and chips and queso.
Upcoming specials will include some Lent-friendly seafood items. Going forward, Choi also hopes to implement late-night hours and beer and shot options pending the acquisition of a liquor license. An outdoor patio will also tentatively be available in the spring.
Seoul Taco’s Grove location is open daily from 11am to 10pm.
Seoul Taco, 4099 Chouteau Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.925.8101, seoultaco.com