The best duos are those that surprise you. Morgan Freeman and penguins. Notorious B.I.G. and “Free Fallin’.” Belichick and Brady (for that matter, Uggs and Brady). Individually, each is wonderful, but together they’re magic, always meant to be, and now we can’t imagine their existence apart. Same goes for Korean food and tacos. Del Seoul creates fireworks, and they make it happen with a bilingual pun.
Del Seoul is a no frills joint where a beautiful fusion of two cuisines is greater than the sum of the parts. They offer Korean/Californian-inspired street food in the form of sweet and spicy tacos, pork belly laden French fries, and other more traditional Korean dishes. The grub is insane, you won’t spend over $15, and the staff is just so darn friendly - truly, some of the nicest folks around. You might need to jockey for a table during peak hours on the weekend, but trust us when we say it’s worth the wait.
Del Seoul earns bonus points for their delivery service and the recent addition of beer and wine to the menu. Can’t get off the couch? Del Seoul. Want to get a little boozy? Del Seoul. Just f*cking want incredible Korean tacos? Del Seoul. Del Seoul is always here for you, and it should earn a permanent spot in your weekend lunch outings or post-work takeout schedule. The only thing it’s not great for is to sit and laze around, so don’t expect it to replace your Sunday-Scaries-bottomless-mimosa hang out joint.
For your first go around, pick up the clasicos - a few tacos, some wings, and an order of kalbi poutine. Once you lock these down, you’re free to make a second pass for the deep cuts like dumplings or banh mi. After your third or fourth visit, you’ll wonder how your tacos ever lived without slaw.
Grilled beef short rib with their classic cilantro-onion relish, secret slaw, and toasted sesames in a corn tortilla that holds up surprisingly well. The short rib is tender and flavorful, and the combo of toppings is pure magic – we could swim Scrooge McDuck style in a pile of it.
Deliciously flakey yet delicately light. Topped with the same ingredients as the kalbi plus a zesty sesame-chili aioli, this might be the best shrimp taco in Chicago.
This is a sleeper pick on a menu of heavy hitters. The bread is perfectly crispy on the outside with a soft chewy center, and it’s filled with spicy, tangy, and sweet pork, plus the usual banh mi suspects.
The signature Korean rice bowl is filled with cooked vegetables, egg, beef and rice. Unfortunately, the flavor just isn’t there – a wasted order when there are so many other A+ options.
French fries topped with kimchi, onions, pork belly, scallions, cheese, and sour cream. Or you can have a real fat kid moment and step it up a notch with the Kalbi Poutine (the same fries topped with short rib, beef gravy, cheese, cream, and onions). Whatever you do, make sure to get a side of the aioli for dipping.
Eight pieces of “lollipopped” wings in a sweet soy chili and garlic glaze. They are topped with sesame seeds to add a little crunch to the sweetness. Ain’t life better when it’s fried?