Photos by Amanda Orozco, Words by Zach Tanimoto
Known lately as “the other Korean-Mexican fusion place” that just opened up after OliToki, Coreanos is an up-and-coming food joint that just hasn’t made a name for itself yet. And among the lion’s den that is Allston- where restaurants such as BonChon and Sunset attract a majority of the crawlers - there’s really no surprise. It doesn’t help that this hidden gem is, literally, hidden behind an ornery row of liquor store markets and small pop-up restaurants. You need to be on the lookout to not just accidentally walk past it.
So let me give you some reasons as to why you should keep your eyes peeled. And once you get there, don’t let the Allston brick wall or the plain plywood sign deceive you—this place is legit.
Reader: I don’t know if you’ve ever had Korean-Mexican fusion before, or if you’ve even heard of it, but let me just say that it’s a match made in heaven. The Korean spices pair so well with the Mexican flavors, and the two have no trouble playing off of each other. Coreanos does an amazing job doing so, bringing some traditional Korean flavors to some classic Mexican concepts.
Kimchi Quesadilla. Yes, you read that right. Coreanos’ take on the classic quesadilla is to die for: with a nice layer of gooey cheese and the bite of the spicy, salty kimchi, Coreanos gives peanut butter and jelly a run for its money. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented cabbage or vegetables, with chili peppers and a variety of spices. You can add meat as well - spicy pork, Bulgogi beef, miso chicken, or for an extra $2, some juicy Kalbi short ribs. At a starting price of only $7, I recommend adding the short ribs.
It doesn’t stop there. The tacos have a similar ingredient scheme; but what separates them from the quesadillas is the slaw. Yup, the soy ginger slaw that tops each flavor-packed taco is what brings the whole experience full circle: a perfect, fresh compliment to the smoky, spicy meat.
And if you wanted some tasty and traditional Korean dishes, Coreanos offers a variety of appetizers: kimbap (Korean-style sushi), tteokbokki (a spicy rice cake stew), along with chicken poppers and a kimchi fritas. Their Korean fried chicken comes in numerous flavors - sweet and spicy, plain fried, sweet garlic soy, spicy garlic soy, and sweet mustard with scallions. I personally tried the spicy garlic soy. The fried chicken was crispy on the outside, and hot and juicy on the inside - perfect with the spicy, garlicky sauce, which wasn’t as overwhelming as it may seem.
I could go on and on, but I urge you to check this place out for yourself! Korean food and Mexican food are both delicious, so why not try some fusion?
TL;DR- Coreanos is amazing, and so are its quesadillas!
172 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134