Peter Chinn’s Korean Tacos

Christmas is in 3 days. Many of you are probably still scurrying around trying to get last minute shopping and baking done (who am I kidding? I am too!). If you visit another food blog today, chances are you’ll probably find posts about holiday drinks, cookies, cakes, appetizers, snack mix, etc. Not here. Nope. I’ve got Korean BBQ Tacos on the brain.

In the midst of all the holiday craziness, it can be difficult to work a full day, get things checked off your to-do-list, and then come home and cook dinner. So don’t. Head over to  Peter Chinn’s, grab a couple of tacos, and take a breather. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing once a week for the past 4 weeks. (sometimes twice a week, but who’s counting?)

I’d heard the rumblings about this little joint for a while, but with a location quite some distance from my place of residence or my office, I hadn’t yet tried it myself. Then they moved. Not only did they move, but they moved only 2 miles from my house.

The Kimchee Bulgogi Taco $2.50

A big hit on the West Coast, Korean BBQ Tacos have had the culinary world buzzing for some time now. As with many trends, it took a while for the phenomenon to make its way to our little corner of the world, but it’s here now, and that’s all that matters!

First, I should probably begin by informing you of my undying love for street tacos.  Fresh corn tortillas and carne asada might just be the final meal I’d want to eat on this earth. But I’m also particularly fond of Asian food: Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese- all of them. So combining Asian flavors with my Mexican favorite? Oh yes, this is fast food I can endorse!

The Spicy Pork Taco $2.00

Now what exactly is it that keeps me coming back again and again? All of the tacos you see pictured here and the fact that I can fill up for only 5 bucks! My favorite is probably the Spicy Pork Taco with it’s slightly sweet, sorta fruity, hot barbecue sauce. Next would be the Kogi, marinated short rib beef topped with a mixture of shredded lettuce, chopped red onion, and pickled cucumbers. While I thoroughly enjoy the sour flavor of the fermented cabbage topping the sweet meat of the Kimchee Bulgogi, it’s just not quite as spicy as the other two- and you know I like me some spicy. For those that might not like as much heat, this one might be the way to go.

Talk about spicy– the hot barbecue sauce they serve alongside the tacos packs a punch. This stuff will make your nose run and your eyes water if you put on too much of it. Oh me, oh my. Be sure you have a big glass of water nearby because you are going to need it. A tissue might also come in handy.

The Kogi Taco $2.50

In addition to the tacos, I’ve made it a point to try a few other things on the menu, including the burritos and quesadillas. They hit the spot if that’s what you’re in the mood for, but for me personally, the tacos are where it’s at. If you’re an adventurous eater but you’re mate/friend/companion isn’t, that’s no problem. Bring them along because the new location is a former Cheeseburger Charley’s, and  they can grub on a burger and fries while you chow down on your Korean taco feast!

Update 12/23/10:

Last night I received the news from another local blogger that this Peter Chinn’s location is closing. Thankfully this is a TEMPORARY closure, with plans to open in a new space nearby some time in January. For more details, see the statement on their Facebook page, or this Nashville Restaurants blog post .

Peter Chinn’s Korean BBQ Taco and Burgers
400 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN 37212
Hours: M- Sat 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.