Looking to spice up your ordinary burger? Head over to Burger Seoul in Tacoma for a Korean fusion twist on the classic burger. Located on South Prospect Street and S 19th Street, Burger Seoul creates a warm atmosphere in the modest space it occupies.
Sidenote: the on-site telephone booth makes the perfect backdrop for photos of your Seoul burger. But onto the main event!
The menu is short and sweet, just burgers and fries, but everything is delicious. Their Seoul Burger is the closest to the traditional burger: ground beef, sharp cheddar, lettuce, onion, and covered with their signature Seoul Sauce. Fire Soul is another excellent choice, featuring more Korean flavors than the Seoul burger: made of Korean grilled pork butt, lettuce, pickled Korean cucumbers, and FIRE sauce. It is coined “Tacoma’s favorite hangover cure.”
And don’t forget about the fries! The Seoul Fire Fries are a must. This is Burger Seoul’s take on loaded French fries, which, in my opinion, are even better than the original. Chopped pieces of Fire Seoul meat, generous drizzles of FIRE sauce, and parmesan cheese are served atop a bed of the most delicious fries. Come prepared with a big appetite and leave satisfied.
We had the pleasure of speaking to the man behind Burger Seoul, Young La. He spoke passionately about his desire to create authentic, Korean-inspired American food that completely satisfies his customers. Quality and authenticity are top of mind for La. All the sauces and pickles are made in house, the brioche buns are special order items, and the meat is always fresh.
Through Burger Seoul, La aims to “make homemade burgers accessible and high quality for young people who want something better and different.” Diners of Burger Seoul can attest La hits the mark.
Opened in December 2015, this place is no longer a hidden gem. If you’re not early, you will likely find a line since Burger Seoul is recognized as one of the best quick bites in Tacoma. But whatever time you arrive, the food is definitely worth the wait. Next time you find yourself craving a burger, do yourself a favor and give Burger Seoul a try.
And if you want to take a piece of Burger Seoul home with you, you can buy bottles of their signature, homemade sauces.
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Authors: Andrew Meade & Sophia Ciserella