You've probably heard the hubbub about the Kogi Korean BBQ taco truck by now. It's a souped-up roach coach started by some five star restaurateurs in order to bring the citizens of Los Angeles gourmet Asian/Latin fusion food on the cheap. If you haven't tried it yet, it is fully worth the hype and you should really get on it. But first, read our beginner's guide below to ensure that your first Kogi experience is as delightful as possible.
1. Practice saying kogi. That way when passersby stop to gawk at the line of people and ask you what you're waiting for, you can pronounce it correctly. So that's "ko" like "koala," and a hard "g" as in "great," and then "eeee." It means "meat" in Korean.
2. Bring a friend with an iPhone. OK, oK so it doesn't have to be an iPhone. You just need access to Twitter. Kogi posts an online schedule of their whereabouts at the beginning of each week, but it's very subject to change. Fortunately, they "tweet" frequently to let you know where they're at.
3. Don't come hungry. This sounds like poor advice when you're going out to eat, but often the wait is long or the truck is late. So if you fast all day in preparation for a feast, you might pass out before you ever see its glory.
4. Know what to order so you don't hold up the line when you finally reach the front. They usually offer burritos and tacos (your choice of beef, pork or tofu in some magical seasoning) and a daily special like kimchi quesadillas. Also, in this case it's probably better to err on the side of ordering too much food rather than too little since you won't want to get back in line if you're still hungry. Plus, the leftovers are still tastylicious the next day.
5. Swing by the ATM. $2 tacos and $5 burritos. Cash only.
6. Dress appropriately. Sometimes we forget that it can get pretty chilly in LA. Some night when you're wandering around the city you might come across a large flock of hungry-looking people, and when you ask the cute girl at the end of the line what she is waiting for, and she (shivering, clad in spike heels and a mini-dress) explains that she is waiting for the "cawjee" truck, you will smile sympathetically and think, "It's a good thing you're pretty."
For truck schedules, featured eats, etc. visit kogibbq.com
PS: If you're not up to chasing the truck around the city, Kogi grub is available most nights of the week at their nook in the Alibi Room (brace yourself for a wait there too).
Kogi at the Alibi Room
12236 Washington Blvd.
Mon.-Sat., 6PM-Midnight; Closed Sun.