a selection of dishes from k-bop photo by meera nagarajan

First Look: K-Bop food truck's brick-and-mortar in the Delmar Loop

Popular Korean food truck K-Bop opened a brick-and-mortar space at 6120 Delmar Blvd. in mid-December. After co-owner Hye Keeley saw that Guerrilla Street Food was vacating the space, she and her partners, Yuduck Lee and Dae Lee, knew that this was the perfect spot to open K-Bop.

"We had been looking for our own place because we had to use a commissary kitchen for the truck, which we shared with 15 other vendors," Keeley said. "It was always occupied, which affected our service times." Keeley read that Guerrilla Street Food's space on Delmar Boulevard was closing and recalled going there before shows at the Pageant. "I really liked the space, and my partners and I thought it was perfect," she said.

After a quick renovation, the space is now cheerful and yellow with fun decals covering the tables and walls. K-pop music videos play on the TVs. They have 49 seats inside (under normal circumstances), with patio space that they hope will seat 35 when the weather warms up. The space also serves as the kitchen for the food truck, which continues to operate two to three times a week around town, including 9 Mile Garden.

The new menu retains popular dishes from the truck, like the teriyaki chicken and the spicy tofu bop, while adding some new items like tteok-bokki, a popular Korean street food dish made with rice cakes and fish cakes in a housemade gochujang sauce. "It's my favorite street food – in [South] Korea everybody loves it and we can eat it anytime. So we want people to try it and like it too," Keeley explained. Also new to the menu is their bibimbap, featuring chopped vegetables (some raw, some pickled) served on top of white rice with a choice of protein, like their spicy tofu or spicy chicken, served with a fried egg and gochujang sauce. In the future, noodle dishes may be incorporated into the menu.