by Ashley Heil
We've been big fans of Cali Kitchen since they started at their original location in Kyungridan, but recently they moved locations and now have a much better atmosphere. They're now called California Kitchen and Craft Pub (still off of Kyungridan street) and in short, their new location is awesome. It has an airy, open feel with huge open windows so you can people watch and get great views of Namsan tower. We've been there twice in the past two weeks and have really enjoyed it each time. We came first for their soft opening Taco Tuesday. We had never had Cali Kitchen's tacos before, only their burgers and burrito bowls. We were blown away by their tacos. We've had some really great Mexican food in Seoul, and these tacos were our favorite we've had in Seoul. We both had 3 each because they were so delicious. All of the tacos were amazing, but the one that really stood out was the puffed chicken and puffed carnitas tacos (bottom right picture). The shell on these are deep fried so they are light, crispy, and had a great crunch. The guacamole we had on every taco was outstanding. If I remember correctly, the tacos were about 5,000-6,000 correctly, but I believe the types of tacos change weekly. If you're wanting some good beer and tacos, definitely check out California Kitchen's taco Tuesday!
We went back a second time because I convinced Michael to finally try their burgers, because it's for sure in my top 3 burgers in Seoul. It was just as good as I remembered. We got the double burger (10,000 won) and shared a big basket of french fries (6,000 won) with their extremely addicting chipotle ketchup. Chuck (the owner) told me he is one of the only places, if not the only place, in Seoul to use fresh, never frozen USDA prime beef, so that's great. The burger's bun is also toasted with grass-fed butter, and has American cheese, grilled onions, tomato, and lettuce. The burger sauce was great but not overpowering or too messy. For me, when I get burgers, that's just what I want. Nothing fancy or weird, just a simple, delicious burger.
One of the things I really like about Cali Kitchen's new location is their live tap list. For beer geeks like me that like to check the ratings of beer and see what types of flavors they have before drinking, this is awesome. This beer list is updated daily and has direct links to a website called Taphunter where you can check them out. http://calikitch.com/beerlist/
California Kitchen and Craft Pub is a great place to get a delicious burger, some Cali-Mex burritos and tacos, or enjoy a craft beer with an awesome view. We've never been disappointed there and we always leave with our bellies happy. It's a must-try for good food in the Itaewon area :)
Go to Noksapyeong station, exit 2.
Walk down the road and go down the underpass and cross the street over to the right. At the end of the underpass/tunnel, turn left.
Come out of the underpass and turn right on Kyungridan street.
Walk all the way up the big hill. You'll pass some places like the Wellbeing Mart, Namsan chemistry, and the cute pet shop with the little kittens and puppies playing.
Keep walking all the way until the CVS4U on the corner, and turn right there, and California Kitchen and Craft Pub will be there (on the 2nd or 3rd floor).
by Michael Jones
Over the past few years many burger places have opened throughout Seoul, but there are only a handful of them that I really enjoy. The 100 Food Truck is one of my favorite places to enjoy a great burger. The burger (9800 won) is a messy, juicy, delicious combination of high quality beef, slightly crunchy bun, succulent bacon, lettuce, onion, tomato, and a delectable mustard sauce. The sweet potato fries and spicy wings combo basket (~7000won) is also great and goes great with the burger. The fries are thinly cut and the chicken wings are covered in a spicy red sauce. I normally don’t eat wings that often, but I found myself continually reaching for more, despite the fact that my lips were on fire. The crispy skin and the succulent meat beneath had me reaching for the basket often. This is the third time I’ve eaten at The 100 Food Truck and each time I’ve had a good experience. The first floor, where you order, is a little crowded and the stairs are steep, but the seating area is extremely comfortable and you can gaze at Seoul’s skyline while you eat. If you are in the mood for some delicious, American style comfort food, then I highly recommend visiting The 100 Food Truck.
Yongsan-gu, Huam dong 406-57 용산구 후암동 406-57
Phone number: 010-7197-4448
Go to Noksapyeong Station (line 6) and come out of exit 2. Walk up the road until the road veers off to the left and go past the kimchi pots. From here you can take the green number 2 village bus until the 5 way junction at the top of HBC hill, or just walk, but it is a bit of a hill. Go down the road that is directly to the right of By the Way. Walk down the road for a few minutes and the 100 Foodtruck will be on your left.
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