Gunsan Mexican Food – Chico’s Mexican Restaurant
You can take a Southern Californian away from Mexican food, but you can’t keep Mexican food away from a Southern Californian. One of the first things I did after arriving in Gunsan was search the internet hoping, but not expecting to find a place for Mexican food! We were quite lucky in Seoul that we had a handful to choose from, such as TomaTillo, Taco Chili Chili, Gusto Taco, or if you are into more of a familiar chain restaurant feel On The Boarder. What we found was Chico’s located downtown near CGV and Lotte theater. Knowing we were in for an interesting if not entertaining time, we set off for our Mexican in Korea experience.
All of the food and sauces are made by the restaurant, including the chips, which are very good, If I could find one thing to pick on about the attempts of doing Mexican food in Korea is that the chips are never good. That is not the case with Chico’s Chips! They taste like fresh, authentic corn tortilla chips! The only thing I can say negative about the chips is, like other Mexican restaurants’ here in Korea, the chips are not complimentary like they are in the states. However, I am used to that by now. They have a pretty good selection of imported beer such a Negra Modello, Dos Equis, and Corona. As well as you usual local fare. I had forgotten how smooth a nice Modello can be.
Mi Jung and I would definitely recommend the Nachos, they are a pretty good size with lots of toppings, a great way to start your meal!
Below are the beef tacos, the first thing you will realize if you are used to what is available in Seoul is their size! These are not the small, overpriced tacos that I have grown accustomed to. These are decent sized, flavorful beef tacos that I am used to getting back home! Dinning with a partner? Order 2 with your main dish and share, also available in chicken or pork.
I also ordered a chicken enchilada, which I guess contrary to what I said above, comes with complimentary chips (This is the bloggers equivalent of that moment in Indiana Jones In The Last Crusade, when he realize that what they are looking for is under the Roman numeral 10 after telling his students that “X never never marks the spot.” Yes, I did just manage to get a cheesy 80’s reference in my blog, thank you very much! These were great! Look at all the stuff you have piled on top of homemade enchilada sauce, not to mention the pile of Jalapeños on the side.
Though by far our favorite dish so far are the beef burritos, which are filled with ground beef, rice, beans, and cabbage and wrapped in a large flour tortilla. These go great with the red or green sauce (I recommend the red sauce.). The burritos are also available with chicken or pork.
Chico’s also has a Philly cheesesteak for gringo fare, and several Korean dishes, which we have not tried, I probably should! I mean why would you go to the only Mexican restaurant in Gunsan for a cheesesteak sandwich or Korean food? It would probably knock my socks off!
We have had several pleasant dining experiences at Chico’s for both lunch and dinner and I am quite sure we will continue to go back! The restaurant is spacious and clean, and the food iis muy excellente! The only thing that takes a little getting used to is cabbage is substituted for lettuce, though that just adds a little bit of local flare. The owner and his wife are nice to talk to, and the food is great! If you stop in, I would recommend starting with the Nacho’s, getting an order of tacos to go with your beef, chicken, or pork burrito. Let them know that Brent sent you.
Monday – Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday – 2pm – 9pm
Gangcheonakeiteu 27 Naunan-Gil | #168, Gunsan