Calbi Fusion and the Growing Korea-Mex Food Scene
I’m posting about this new food truck at the corner of San Jacinto and 15th mainly because I promised three very nice customers I met there today that I would. Hi, guys!
Anyway, I learned about Calbi from an article in the Austin Business Journal promoting $1 tacos today until 1 p.m. I was intrigued and decided to stop off on my way back to work from an appointment.
There was a small crowd outside but most seemed to be folks who worked in the neighborhood — not the usual food blogging scene I run into at the new food trucks in town.
I loved the deal they offered — I ordered one chicken, one beef, and one pork taco and my total was $3.25 with tax. Basically – they were $1 off or each or half price what they would normally cost.
As interesting as it might sound, Korean-Mexican tacos aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. They were made popular by Kogi BBQ in Los Angeles, a food truck as famous for it’s roving schedule and huge Twitter following as it is for delicious food.
Calbi is actually a franchise that started in California, and has only just opened their first truck in Texas. They are owned by the creators of Baja Fresh. I think you can taste the fact that they’re a franchise in the food. It was super sweet and not very complex. The corn tortillas were dry. Overall, I thought the food was ok but needed a little something — a little love wouldn’t hurt!
Like the other Korean Taco trucks in town — Chi’Lantro and TaKorea — Calbi is active on Twitter. Both Calbi and Chi”lantro serve their food out of Snappy Snacks trucks — the kind that drive around to construction sites selling tacos and drinks. Beyond the type of food and truck, the two can’t be compared. Here’s a post from my first visit to Chi”Lantro. Has anyone tried TaKorea yet? Did you like it?Tags: austin business journal, baja fresh, calbi, chain, chilantro, food truck, food trailer, kogi, korean, Mexican, taco, takorea