An Austin favorite, this Korean-Mexican fusion hot spot has landed on North Shepherd, where culinary options abound. The concept is customizable bowls of rice or noodles, which you supplement with various Korean barbecue proteins, vegetable toppings, and numerous sauces. Overwhelmed by choices, we instead let them do the choosing with two “curated bowls.” Blending Mexican with Asian, the Korean Esquites bowl starred street corn, Korean style, charred and creamy; spicy breaded chicken chunks and black beans; and pockets of guacamole and pickled onions on a big bed of brown rice. More Asian-inspired, the Japchae Noodles proved a bountiful bowl of uber-fresh carrot sticks, crunchy red cabbage and lettuces, grilled corn, and sticky sweet Korean barbecued steak atop glass noodles. We shared the kimchi fries, a generous serving of crispy-skin fries smothered in Magic Sauce (think spicy Thousand Island) with sriracha swirls and a spoonful of caramelized kimchi. Servers are very friendly. With an open kitchen, walls of windows, and concrete floors, this space can get boisterous.
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Try the kimchi fries at this Austin-born Korean fusion spot.