A Look At the Korean Barbecue of Seoul Q and Seoul Taco in the Delmar Loop

Marinated pork shoulder and belly barbecue at Seoul Q. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Marinated pork shoulder and belly barbecue at Seoul Q. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Restaurateur David Choi offers patrons two distinctively different dining experiences at his latest venture, a large-scale restaurant in the Delmar Loop that houses two concepts: the recently opened Seoul Q (6665 Delmar Boulevard; 314-925-8452) as well as a new home for the already established Seoul Taco (6665 Delmar Boulevard; 314-863-1148). The former focuses on traditional tabletop-grilled Korean barbecue while the latter fuses it with Mexican-style fare in a fast-casual setting.

See also: Seoul Taco Moving into Former Ginger Bistro Space on Delmar

Owner David Choi at the entrance to Seoul Q and Seoul Taco.
Owner David Choi at the entrance to Seoul Q and Seoul Taco.

On the Seoul Q side, wooden tables come equipped with either grills for barbecue or induction burners for hot-pot meals. From the barbecue menu, choose from cuts of beef or pork ($18-$32) to cook at the table and dip in a variety of sauces. Each entree comes with rice and vegetables as well as sides for sharing: fried beef korokke (croquettes), egg souffle, soy-bean sprouts, napa kimchi, cucumber kimchi, radish kimchi and sweet black beans.

Hot pots ($25-$40) yield between two to three servings and include a spicy "Seafood Jungle" with blue crab, shrimp, mussel, clams, cod roe, baby octopus, udon noodles, tofu and vegetables; and a "Troop Stew" with beef chunks, sausage, franks, Spam, noodles, kimchi and vegetables. Additional menu options include savory Korean-style pancakes ($10-$14), sweet-and-spicy chili wings ($8), a variety of soups ($10), and specials such as a "Seoul Ssam Wrap" ($30) with caramelized, braised pork belly and shoulder. A beverage menu features beer, soju and specialty cocktails.

The dining room at Seoul Q.
The dining room at Seoul Q.

Smartmouth Designs spearheaded the look of the space's unique split personality. While Seoul Q takes on a more modernized, low-key role for intimate communal dinners, Seoul Taco revels in bright colors and playful murals to emphasize its casual nature. There, visitors will find all of its original food-truck favorites including tacos, quesadillas, burritos and bowls filled with Korean-style marinated meats.

Seoul Q's current hours are Monday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Wednesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. Seoul Taco is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For full menus and additional information, visit the Seoul Q and Seoul Taco websites.

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