TaKo (pronounced "Taco") is a Tex-Mex and Korean barbecue restaurant that just opened on the patio at Boomer’s Bicycle Lounge. (They are sharing spaces but are separately owned.)
Details: Its menu describes the food as "Tex-Mex meets Far East with a little fusion mixed in."
- There are more than a dozen handmade sauces, many with ginger and garlic.
- The food is inspired by owner Jenny Symonds' Korean heritage and her childhood roots in southern California, where she learned to cook Mexican eats, she told Axios.
I ate there last Friday, the first day that its full menu was offered, and tried:
- Candied bacon burrito: Garlic fried rice, scrambled eggs, candied bacon, seasoned spinach, mozzarella and "dynamite sauce." ($12)
- Japjae Mandu: Fried Korean dumplings filled with glass noodles and veggies. ($7)
- Tilted Handlebar: Casamigos Blanco Tequila, lime and agave juice, fresh blackberries, basil and chopped serrano peppers. ($8 on the Boomer's menu)
The verdict: This spot is for you if you like full flavor and some heat. (I'm going back for the Korean fried chicken, which is hand breaded and twice fried.)
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11am-2pm and 4pm-8 pm; Friday: 11am-2pm and 4pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-9pm; Sunday 11am-7pm.
- 265 50th St., West Des Moines. www.TaKoLyfe.com, 1-888-840-8256.
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