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THE DISH: MJ Korean Tacos and Wings

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Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski MJ Korean Tacos and Wings serves up, from bottom clockwise, fish and pork tacos, chicken wings and steak sandwiches with fries.

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The dining room has two spaces, both filled with dark wooden tables and black and red chairs.

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MJ Korean Tacos and Wings

MJ Korean Tacos and Wings

MJ Korean Taco and Wings

3473 Old Norcross Road, Suite 208, Duluth

770-680-5474

Open since: Aug. 21

Owner: Jason Kim

Location: MJ Korean Tacos and Wings is located in the McDaniel Square shopping center. The restaurant is next to Moon's Family Restaurant.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays

Atmosphere: The interior of MJ Korean Tacos and Wings is much more formal than the food, which is casual and messy. Black and red chairs are coupled with dark wooden tables in two separate dining areas and there are several pieces of art on the walls with flowers in reds, whites and blacks.

When you're ready to eat, wait for someone to seat you. There is a counter further into the restaurant, but it's not a place to order food.

"We thought about doing fast food service, but we wanted to have beer," owner Jason Kim said. "We wanted to have servers to offer better service."

MJ Korean doesn't currently serve alcohol. It has applied for its liquor license, which should be approved in a couple of weeks.

Menu: Korean and Mexican? If it doesn't make sense to you, here's the deal: it's Korean style meat topped with Asian inspired ingredients in a tortilla.

"We thought about this idea a long time ago," Kim said. "After I moved down here from Illinois, I thought this was a great place for the concept.

"In this area, we can target into a bigger market. (Kim's previous restaurant) was focused more on Korean people. Now we are open to more people."

Almost all of the toppings are made in house, including the kimchi, a spicy pickled cabbage, and all of the sauces for the wings, like "OH! mama" (a sweet garlic sauce), mango habanero, the hottest flavor to for the wing selection, and sweet barbecue.

"We have so many sauces -- anything you want," Kim said.

He once offered a "creamy lava" sauce, but it was too hot for many guests.

Another top seller is the fruit smoothie. Patrons have the choice to add something called "popping boba," a tapioca pearl with juice inside to their drink in either lychee, strawberry, mango or passion fruit.

"We use only real fruit in our smoothies -- no syrup or powder, just more fruit," Kim said. "Plus we have popping boba. It looks like a round circle in the drink and when you chew on it, it pops in your mouth. People really like it."

Things you might not know: MJ Korean Tacos was formerly Mama Jins. Kim decided to change the menu and concept in July.

Comments

Karl 2 years, 2 months ago

Do any of your writers ever eat at the places in the article? All I'm reading is PR stuff from the owner. What's the food like? This one sounds rather bizarre.

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Motor76 2 years, 2 months ago

For real Karl...I mean am I really gonna want a bulgogi taco?

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amweavel 1 year, 11 months ago

You should want one, they're delicious.

This is not a new concept, Korean tacos have been big in California for a while and we've had several in Atlanta too (e.g. OMG Taco, Hankook Taqueria, Takorea). You should try coming inside the Perimeter sometime.

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