Takorea Dunwoody

Euphoric Fries at Takorea Dunwoody

Fresh Factor 7I stopped into Dunwoody’s Takorea for a quick lunch the other day. Besides having the most clever name ever, this ultra casual Mexican-Korean spot boasts the best fries on earth. Made with sesame oil and red pepper flakes, they are an addictive mix of sweet and savory flavors with just the perfect amount of crunch.

Takorea Sesame Fries

Takorea Sesame Fries

I live for Asian fusion, so Takorea’s menu of Korean tacos (takos as they call them), burritos and other mash-ups is right up my alley. I originally ordered the BBQ pork sliders (mostly for the cucumber kimchi that goes on them), but after paying for them and sitting down I was oddly informed that they were out of buns. I then ordered a pork tako and the daily special tempura avocado tako with sweet chili aioli and pineapple pico de gallo instead.

Takorea Special Takos

Takorea Special Takos

The avocado tako was definitely tasty, but not quite as enticing as it sounded. I couldn’t really pick out any of the unique flavors (except the avocado) and didn’t really taste any pineapple or even tempura essence. I still enjoyed the overall flavor of it though. I didn’t really dig the pork taco too hard however. I basically just tasted spiciness and not much else.

I have had similar hit-or-miss experiences with Takorea’s sister entities, Hankook Taqueria and the Yumbii food truck, but their intriguing menus keep me coming back for more – as well as the sesame fries, which are always superb. (I have had the beef taco at Hankook, which was just okay. Same with Yumbii’s chicken burrito, but the pork burrito from Yumbii was awesome.)

Takorea Takos

Takorea Takos

The vibe inside Takorea is definitely more Mexican than Korean, with a lot of colorful décor and great, laidback outside seating. They also serve margaritas, beer, wine and soju-based cocktails. If you want something non-alcoholic, ask for one of the flavored lemonades – I got pineapple, which was pretty tasty.

If I hadn’t wanted to try the pork sliders I would have gone for the lunch special – which includes two tacos (which are quite filling), a side and a non-alcoholic drink for $8 – especially since I ended up paying $14 for the same thing in the end. (I didn’t bother trying to sort out the price discrepancy with the staff though because they were very apologetic about not having any buns for the sliders and insisted that I could order whatever I wanted as a replacement.)

The staff was very young and I could sense a bit of hesitancy when it came to knowing the ins and outs of the menu, but they made up for it by being extremely friendly and welcoming. Overall Takorea is a fun, unique choice for a chill lunch or meet-up with friends. Besides the Dunwoody location, there’s also one in Midtown.

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