(Updated 5/21/2021) Description and review of Tako Korean BBQ, a Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant located on T Street in East Sacramento. NEW: Tako Korean BBQ closes. See Update below.
Tako Korean BBQ is housed in what had been an old 1930’s gas station. The cute retro building on the corner of T Street and Alhambra Boulevard had sat empty for an unknown number of years. In fact, I don’t recall it ever functioning as a gas station – and I am a long-time Sacramento resident.
As one might expect, time and vandalism took its toll and as the building disintegrated it became more and more of an eyesore. The addition of a chain link fence at one point did not seem to help much.
Then, one day when passing by I was delighted to note that the old gas station was in the process of being renovated! And, I am glad to say that the redone building maintains its retro 1930’s charm.
Tako Korean BBQ opened its doors the summer of 2012.
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Tako Korean BBQ
The restaurant is small, with limited seating indoors and out. Additional outdoor seating has been added as a result of the current COVID-19 indoor dining restrictions.
The menu offers diners multiple choices. You select your dish “style”, customize as desired, and choose your meat or vegetable.
Also available are bao, wings, kimchi quesadilla, kimchi spring rolls, and assorted sides (fries, chips & salsa, white or brown rice, etc.). Dessert offerings include cream filled churro and shaved ice.
Menu items that are spicy, gluten-free or contain peanuts are identified on the menu and patrons are invited to specify dietary restriction such as vegan or vegetarian.
I have previously enjoyed the Tako tacos with short ribs in sweet soy sauce marinade, steak in sweet soy sauce marinade, and pulled braised pork in BBQ sauce. The tacos are served on corn tortillas with slaw and house sauce.
This visit I decided to order something different. Sacramento is in the midst of a multi-day triple digit heat wave, so the Salad Bowl (mixed greens, slaw, cheese, sour cream, house sauce) with the Dakgogi (chicken in citrus marinade) ($10.75) sounded good – and it was.
The Dakgogi was all white meat, and there was plenty of it. I enjoyed the Salad Bowl for both lunch and dinner that day as the dish was substantial. I was very happy not to have to cook!
(5/21/21) Tako Korean BBQ is no more. The former old-style gas station building is in the process of being transformed (new paint, etc.). It appears that the new tenant of the site will be serving Mexican cuisine. Once opened, I will have to check it out.
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Tako Korean BBQ Snapshot: 3030 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 (916) 346-4933 Hours: Closed Sunday; Monday – Saturday (11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) COVID-19/hours may vary Outdoor patio Small Parking Lot/Street Parking (best bet) Vegan/Vegetarian Options
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