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Orlando has a Korean barbecue taco truck!

Big Bad Voodoo Lou | Jan 31, 201112:18 PM     26

For the last year, I've been reading articles about the gourmet food trucks proliferating in cities that are a lot hipper and more cosmopolitan than Orlando: New York, LA, Portland, Seattle, Austin, even Miami. LA in particular has several trucks that sell Korean barbecue tacos, a fusion that sounded "so crazy, it just might work." Well, I found one here today, and I can tell you that it works. My lunch was wonderful and cheap and well worth trying.

The yellow truck is parked in the parking lot of the Citgo gas station on East Colonial Drive and Primrose, next door to that newish McDonald's with the retro architecture and golden arches (between Maguire and Bumby). The banner reads "Korean BBQ Taco Box," and as soon as I saw it, I pulled over immediately. The two men and one woman said today was their first day of business, so I wished them the best of luck.

They have a large poster with photos of some of their dishes, as well as a small menu posted with some prices. (Some of the food in the photos wasn't listed on the menu, which was a little confusing.) They offer Teriyaki Boxes (chicken, vegetable, beef, or spicy pork for $6.99), Korean Sub Boxes (beef, chicken, or spicy pork for $5.99), and Korean Taco Boxes (beef, chicken, or spicy pork for $5.99).

I ordered the taco, and asked if I could get a combination of beef and spicy pork. I wondered if you might get two or three tacos with the box, but it turned out to be one large one, essentially half-beef and half-pork. I was starving, so I devoured it before inspecting it too closely, but it came with had grilled onions and peppers, probably some cabbage, and the flyer said there were also mushrooms (which I didn't notice, but that doesn't mean they weren't there). It was on a soft, lightly grilled flour tortilla that held up well, and all the flavors blended perfectly.

The $5.99 box was a great value due to all the extras. It came with two fried rolls (kind of like tempura-battered sushi rolls), two cream cheese dumplings (crispy like fried gyoza), two soft steamed rice balls with ground meat inside and dollops of a spicy mayo-like sauce on top, a tender, crispy chicken wing tossed in a spicy-yet-sweet sauce, and a small green salad with warm ginger dressing, in a second box to cut down on the mess.

As far as I know, they only accept cash. I left a $2 tip just because they were such nice people. They prepared everything quickly, and the chef handed me one of the fried rolls to sample while I waited. I really do wish them well in that busy location. I'd love to see more unique food trucks in Orlando, and I certainly hope Chowhounds and Colonial Drive drivers alike give the Korean BBQ Taco Box Truck a chance. On the edge of the ViMi district and all its Vietnamese restaurants (as well as other great places like Bikkuri), it's nice to have one more option that's new and exciting.

Oh, just in case, the phone number is 407.844.3990.

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