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Mexicorean Street Eats At La Taccorea

By Minna A in Food on Feb 1, 2012 9:20PM

Ready for more fusion foods? The latest entry into the Lakeview neighborhood is La Taccorea offering another variation on the popular Korean taco.

This casual dining spot with a clever fusion name has been open for just over two months. La Taccorea’s small menu lets diners choose a burrito, bowl or a jumbo taco in a build-your-own fashion, without personalized topping options. We opted for the jumbo taco hoping to experience a true Mexicorean fusion food, but we were disappointed with the awkward size of the flour tortilla (we were hoping for corn), which made our jumbo taco feel like an unfurled burrito without the stuffing.

The tacos and bowls start with your selection of meats marinated with Korean flavors. La Taccorea offers a juicy soy sauce-based bulgogi, a savory and garlicky kalbi (short rib), a sweet and sticky honey soy-glazed chicken and a tart lime shrimp. Each dish is then topped with a heaping handful of Chihuahua cheese, sprinkled with crispy lettuce and drizzled with La Taccorea’s signature sauce, a sweet and spicy gochujang, or Korean chili sauce. As an added bonus, this counter-service joint lets diners add more spice to their meal with bottles of Sriracha and LT’s signature sauce to pass around.

While La Taccorea brought together popular Korean and Mexican flavors, our meal at La Taccorea felt less like an infusion of the two cuisines and more like layers of Korean and Mexican flavors. Cilantro, the Mexican staple, was surprisingly absent from the menu.

Still, La Taccorea's small menu has a strong suit of bold flavors made with quality ingredients and quality service. With a foundation of great flavors and ideas (and with ample room to improve) we’re keeping La Taccorea on our “ones to watch” list, and recommend it for anyone who wants to try the Mexicorean trend.

La Taccorea is located at 847 W. Belmont Ave.