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Like Korea's soul food Sundae Guk, there are soul foods that symbolize Mexico. The main character is the Mexican-style sandwich “Taco,” where various ingredients are placed on a tortilla made from corn flour or wheat flour and served with guacamole and salsa sauce.

In the past, Mexican Mayan mythology said that humans were made of corn, and corn was a typical food for Mexicans to the extent that people worshiped the god of corn during the Aztec civilization. As a result, dishes using corn naturally began to appear, and taco cuisine developed. Tacos are attractive for their rich texture and strong flavor that comes from a combination of ingredients such as beef, pork, chicken, tomatoes, cabbage, and onions. Also, it can be said that it is characterized by a spicy yet pungent flavor that mixes traditional indigenous food with Spanish food culture.

Taco restaurants in Seoul include El Pino 323 in Gyeongridan-gil, Don Charli, Taco Chili Chili, Hongdae Gusto Taco, Itaewon Batos, Taco Amigo, Hacienda, Shinnonhyeon Dos Tacos, Sharosu-gil Gam Taco, Garosu-gil Gamsung Taco, Ranumero, Masa Taco, Seongsu Olahaca, Yeonnam-dong Bemucho Cantina, Sinchon Taco Loco, Samseong-dong Villaguerrero, Isu Olaabo, Hongdae Slowdae They include Ko, Julio, COEX on the Border, Itaewon Tomatillo, Apgujeong Coreanos Kitchen, and Gangnam Station Kuchara.

Famous taco restaurants around the country include Daejeon Yuseong Ricotta Taco, Busan Jeonpo El Mariachi, Cheongju Tasco, Daegu Dongseong-ro Basco, Daegu Samdeok Black Taco & Grill, Gwangju Bongseon-dong Hot Taco, Changwon Todos, Uijeongbu Otako, Jinju Homeless, Jeju Macho Grill, and Incheon Taco Cielo. Let's meet 5 of the best emerging taco restaurants where you can enjoy the intense Mexican sun and passionate flavors.

1. Imbued with a local atmosphere, Itaewon's 'Taco Chili Chilli'

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“Taco Chili Chili” has a colorful interior that exudes an exotic atmosphere. After placing an order and making a payment on the first floor of the store, you can go up to the second floor for a meal. The signature menu “Taco” allows you to choose the main ingredients and the degree of spiciness to suit your taste. A variety of ingredients are available, starting with pork, which is the most popular, as well as beef, chicken, meat such as the Spanish sausage chorizo, fish, shrimp, and vegetables for vegetarians. “Enchilada,” which is a generously filled burrito topped with plenty of tomato sauce and savory cream sauce, is also a popular menu item. The taco menu includes coriander, so be sure to check when ordering.

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â–²Location: 218 Noksapyeong-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
▲Business hours: 12:00 — 22:00 every day
â–²Price: Tacos 5,500 won, enchiladas 10,000 won
â–²Testimonial (Shikigami quack): Personally, this taco restaurant never fails. I usually eat fish tacos and enchiladas, and I don't really get tired of eating them ten times. If you don't like coriander, you should skip it, but it's really tasty, and I hope you add it and eat it at least once. Margarita also exceeded my expectations!

2. Homemade tortillas every morning, constant “Gusto Taco”

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“Gusto Taco” is a Mexican food specialty restaurant run by an American husband and Korean wife. Every morning, I make a tortilla from the dough made by boiling and mashing corn and use it. The signature dish is the “pork taco,” where pork, tomatoes, and chopped onions are placed on top of a homemade tortilla and finished with sour cream. The tortilla, which has a savory flavor unique to corn, is appealing to the palate. Pork is cooked at a low temperature for 6 hours, so you can enjoy its soft, crunchy texture and moist juiciness. Depending on the number of people, a set menu with a variety of menus and drinks is also available.

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â–²Location: 41, Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 — 21:30, Sunday 11:30 — 20:30, closed on Mondays

â–²Price: Pork taco 7,400 won, double set 19,000 won

â–²Review (Shikigami Hee-chan): Gusto Taco, a famous place among taco lovers, hehe, I also went to Gusto Taco on the recommendation of a friend who really likes tacos! My friend has a high standard of taste, and she raved about how delicious it was, so I was really looking forward to it. >. < I ordered the pork taco and french fries that my friend recommended, and the taco had the same texture as tuna. Above all, the taco itself is less cost-effective, but I think it's a good value for money. I recommend it.

3. Shinnonhyeon's “Dos Tacos”, full of richness and texture

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“Dos tacos” means two tacos in Spanish. One taco has a great flavor and the other means that it provides a customer satisfaction service. The signature menu, “Soft Taco,” is a tortilla made from flour filled with meat and served with fresh vegetables such as onions, olives, and jalapeños, and plenty of sour cream and salsa sauce. The rich texture and heavy flavor that all the ingredients and sauce blend together in the mouth is exquisite. The “fish taco,” which is crispy deep-fried with light cod meat instead of meat, is also a delicacy. In addition, you can also find various Mexican foods such as burritos, quesadillas, chimichanga, and ensaladas.

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â–²Location: 455 Gangnam-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: Monday to Saturday 11:30 — 22:00, Sunday 11:30 — 21:30

â–²Price: Soft taco 5,000 won, fish taco 5,500 won

â–²Review (Kim Sang-yoon, Shikigami): Gangnam Dos Tacos It's a good value taco shop. There are plenty of ingredients in it, and I think the amount is slightly larger than other taco restaurants. I tried the meat cheese quesadilla and I definitely recommend it! I think it would be great if a group of people went and had a variety and shared food.

4. An avocado dish full of freshness, ISU “Olaabou”

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“Olabo” is a place that uses avocado as the main ingredient and serves dishes made with homemade sauce and fresh vegetables at the store. The interior space, decorated with wooden tables and fresh green plants, makes you feel like you've come to a resort. The signature menu is “shrimp taco,” which combines fresh avocado, shrimp grilled with a special sauce, and a sour sour sauce. The avocado gently envelops the sauce, which can be irritating, and the chewy shrimp adds to the fun of chewing. “Avocado salmon poke,” where soybeans, corn, salmon, seaweed, and avocado are placed on top of rice and grated with soy sauce jelly, is also a popular menu. If you order a menu according to the number of people at lunchtime, carbonated drinks or coffee are provided as a service.

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â–²Location: 300 Sadang-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00, weekends 12:00 — 22:00, B/T 15:00 — 17:00

â–²Price: Shrimp taco 11,500 won, avocado salmon poke 14,800 won

â–²Testimonial (don't ask for food): It really is a paradise for avocado lovers! Especially in summer, avocado smoothies that are refreshing can go beyond honey mochi hehe

5. “Kuchara” at Gangnam Station, where you can choose and enjoy whatever you like

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“Kuchara” is located in the basement of Samsung Electronics' Seocho office building near Gangnam Station Exit 8. It is a place known as the Chipotle of Korea because you can choose your own toppings such as vegetables, meat, and sauce for every menu to suit your taste. Seven main ingredients are prepared: chicken, carnitas, beef, pork cooked using the alpha-stole method, chorizo, tofu, and shrimp, and 4 sauces: tomato/corn salsa, and green/red chili. It is characterized by being able to create a variety of flavors through a combination of ingredients even on the same menu. When ordering carbonated drinks, you can enjoy unlimited drinks through the drink fencer in the store. Please note that additional fees may apply depending on material selection.

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â–²Location: 11, Seocho-daero 74-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

â–²Business hours: 11:00-22:00 on weekdays, 11:00-21:00 on weekends

â–²Price: Beef taco 9,900 won, grilled shrimp taco 11,900 won

â–²Testimonial (Mitsusamshiseki Shikigami): This is a must-go Chipotle in Gangnam for any international student who misses Chipotle! I chose the chicken burrito bowl, and it looked like chicken thigh meat. It was completely soft, you could choose everything you wanted, and you had to add guacamole separately, so it was nice to be quite satisfied.



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