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West Coast sensation Korean tacos arrive in WNY at Tonawanda's K Cafe

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

The latest West Coast culinary sensation to reach Western New York is Korean tacos, the Mexican-Korean hybrid of Asian marinated meats served up on tortillas. Started by Kogi BBQ, a fleet of Los Angeles food trucks, the sweet and bold flavors of Korean beef, chicken or pork, topped with Asian-spiced slaws or kimchi, have grown into their own culinary genre.

Last month, K Café (546 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, 836-8888) started serving Korean tacos (meat, lettuce, rice, kimchi, slaw and spicy kochujang sauce; three for $6.50) and burritos in a building that last held a spaghetti parlor.

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If that’s not enough to get the hearts of food thrill seekers pounding, owner Kate Li, a former owner of Ying’s Wings & Things, also sells the sort of burgers you’d eat on a dare. They start with hefty patties of a beef-bacon blend, then add toppings like mashed avocado with chipotle, fried eggs, caramelized onions, cheese, more Korean barbecue, and kimchi.

All on the same burger, sometimes, as in the Kogi 50/50 “gangnam-style” number ($8.99). As I ate it, I wished for a Maid of the Mist style plastic poncho. But I did not stop until it was gone.

Here's the K Cafe 50/50 ($7.99):

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There’s also “gangnam-style” fries ($5.99) and a chicken kimchi quesadilla, close-up of cross section:

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Vegetarians, meanwhile, might dig the Zin burger ($7.99), built on a tofu-vegetable patty.

Here's the dinner menu:

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