Despite its small size, San Marcos has a somewhat progressive food scene, largely enabled by Texas State University and it 38,000 students (and associated well-tongued faculty). Casa Choi serves up Mexican-Korean fusion food, further supporting my hypothesis that anything on a tortilla is a good idea. Married couple Jason Choi, chef (and originally from Korea) and Anna Lee (business manager, American-born Korean) came up with the idea for Casa Choi after a trip to Mexico.
The food is tasty with a good balance of Mexican and Korean. I particularly recommend the Bulgogi Taco on corn (char-grilled ribeye, cabbage, corn, onions, spicy mayo, teriyaki sauce, topped with green onions; $3.25): savory and delicious with hints of the Korean Peninsula. The food is also beautiful, and, given its location across from campus, affordable (~$10 gets you two tacos, chips and salsa, and a Topo Chico). Chef Choi uses local ingredients for his house-made chow.
Casa Choi has some straight-ahead Mexican dishes (for example, brisket tacos and Mexican Street Corn) and also some straight-ahead Korean dishes (like Kimchi Fried Rice and Kimchi Fries), but the fun in is in the fusion which also appears in burritos and quesadillas in addition to tacos. And if your dish isn’t Korean enough, you can Kimchi it for a buck fifty. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Choi is there when that Korean-Mexican urge strikes!
web&where: interwebs; 700 north LBJ drive, san marcos, texas; (512) 392-1717
what’s the deal? Korean-Mexican fusion; fast casual
overall: ** (food**; drink**; atmosphere**; service**; instagrammability**)
– meh [think twice]
* OK [it’ll get the job done]
** good [solid neighborhood joint]
*** damn good [we’ll definitely be back]
**** yippity-yikes that was amazeballs [fantastic; one of the best]
***** holy sh!t [transcendental; best of the best]