WICKER PARK — A Korean-Mexican restaurant opens its third Chicago location Friday in Wicker Park.
Seoul Taco, 1422 N. Milwaukee Ave., was started more than a decade ago as a food truck in St. Louis by chef David Choi. Choi has expanded the business to nine physical locations in Missouri and the Chicago area, as well as two food trucks.
Seoul Taco offers what the restaurant calls Korean-American street food, such as tacos and burritos with Korean flavors and toppings, gogi bowls topped with a fried egg, nachos and more.
Choi said he learned to cook growing up with his Korean-American family and working in restaurants as a young adult. Seoul Taco was one of the first food trucks in St. Louis when it launched, he said.
“I got most of my culinary training through my grandmother and my mother, so I really focused on that. I didn’t grow up with a lot of things, so I always worked in different restaurants, just always worked out the back of the house at different little restaurants,” he said.
Choi is also unveiling a new menu item at the Wicker Park location: a Korean corn quesadilla inspired by the corn served at Korean barbecue restaurants.
The restaurant worked with local street artists to paint murals as a tribute to Wicker Park’s history and culture, Choi said.
“Like the local record stores and audio stores, the whole vibe of Wicker Park, what it stands for, in terms of streetwear as well, and what that means for the city. We really try to pay homage to the neighborhood,” he said.
Seoul Taco will be open from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and will stay open later on weekends when he gets his liquor license, Choi said.
Seoul Taco also has locations in River North and Hyde Park, as well as suburban Naperville.
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