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The Culmore shopping center near Bailey's Crossroads has turned over several restaurants in the last couple of years. Looking for a different place for a cheap lunch today, I decided to give Taco Ssam a try. They bill themselves as Mexican-Korean fusion, with an interesting array of both Mexican and Korean style tacos as well as a handful of common Mexican and Asian bowls and platters.
I had two tacos, a bul-go-li and a spicy pork. They're served "street taco" style, with meat and trimmings piled on two CD-size corn tortillas. The tortillas are fresh-made with the help of a machine to press out the dough. Tacos run around $3 plus or minus a quarter or so. It's fast-casual, so you order at the counter and they bring your food to the table. If you like Taco Bamba, you'll probably like the tacos here, and appreciate the lack of blaring hip-hop music.
Apparently they've recently moved a couple of doors down the strip. The place is very clean and comfortable and good for a quick, inexpensive meal. The staff is friendly, and both of the tacos I got were tasty. I'd have added a pork belly taco but I just wasn't that hungry - the Tuesday special is three tacos and a soda for $10. They have a bar, but no liquor license yet.
I've attached a fuzzy photo of the menu (my phone budget is consistent with my lunch budget) to give you an idea of the range of dishes that they serve. The web site doesn't have a menu posted yet and menus that I've found posted on line aren't current. No complaints here and I'm adding this to my rounds for cheap lunch to try other offerings.
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