On our day of food in Key West, we shopped and ate our way down DuVal Street. We had our first lunch, of a wonderful lobster roll at DJs Clam Shack, and about two hours later we had arrived for second lunch. Garbo’s Grill is another Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives find, housed in a food truck behind a bar.
Owners Kenna and Eli Pancamo are midwesterners, who have both been in Key West for sixteen years, and together for almost that long. The perpetual line at the 6×8 cart is a testament to the food to being made inside.
It was a sunny day, and we were lucky enough to find a table in the shade of the bar wait for our order:
Korean BBQ tacos and the (not on the sign board, but mentioned on the menu) Landon Calrissian burger.
The tacos were marinated beef short rib, topped with Napa cabbage, scallions, carrots and daikon, with citrus soy dressing and sriracha.
It’s hard to tell in this picture, but these tacos were huge. Which was good, because I got to have a bite or two. Like tender, spicier bulgogi, these were very good tacos. Would loved to have had a third person with us, so that I could try the fish tacos (that I would have encouraged them to order).
The Landon Calrissian burger is their Umami Burger (a half pound angus burger, rubbed with brown sugar and cayenne pepper, topped with a slice of heirloom tomato, applewood smoked bacon and chipotle Gouda, on a brioche bun) with Korean BBQ added. Holy cow – what a flavor bomb!
The chipotle Gouda was melted over the barbecue and every bite was of all three meats. How could it not be delicious? Umami is the right word – gooey and spicy cheese, salty and fruity bacon, and a slightly sweet and spicy burger (that easily could have stood on its own). Adding the Korean-flavored short rib with citrus soy and sriracha only improved on an already excellent burger.
What a find.