I’m going to begin this post with a question because it makes things feel more interactive even though there’s no way for me to find out what your response is to the question. I guess that makes it a rhetorical question?
Have you ever walked into a restaurant you’ve been to several times and find a new menu item that completely puts that restaurant over the top? Like, you’ve been there and had a few good meals but it was never a place you would go out of your way to return to?
That happened to me yesterday. I was getting work done on the Miracle Whip (my white 2013 Ford Focus) and I needed to kill a couple of hours. Rather than sit in the lobby and watch Harry Potter on their 24″ TV, I walked over to Ashley’s Beer & Grill, which has always been a good option in Westland but never a place I would go out of my way to visit for whatever reason. Don’t get me wrong, I always have a good meal here and they have an amazing beer selection — But for whatever reason, I only eat here about once per year.
I looked over the menu for several moments until my eyes stopped on one of my favorite things. Korean Tacos.
Korean Short Rib Tacos: Grilled bulgogi short rib, roja sauce, cilantro-green onion-lime relish and kimchi slaw.
I yelled across the restaurant at the waitress to immediately bring me these tacos. Just kidding, I didn’t do that. When the waitress returned I asked very nicely if she could bring me a plate of these delicious sounding Korean tacos and wondered…. Could Ashley’s do it? Could they create one of my favorite dishes and offer it a mere two miles away from my house?
The answer is YES. Absolutely yes. These Korean tacos are as legit as they come — And that’s not one of those things where I just make a blanket statement about how great something is with zero credibility behind it. If I am eating ANYWHERE and Korean tacos are available, I pull the trigger. I’ve had Korean tacos in five different states. I KNOW Korean tacos.
Everything about these things work. The bulgogi is plentiful and salty, the cilantro-lime slaw is fresh and doesn’t give you any kind of overpowering fruit flavor, the kimchi adds a vinegary tang and the roja sauce.. Holy shit, the roja sauce. The roja sauce is SPICY. So spicy I finished two large drinks while eating these tacos. The best part is the spice level is not indicated ANYWHERE on the menu. That means whoever is running this place is expecting people to assume that if you’re ordering Korean tacos you know they’re going to be spicy. That’s exactly how it should be.
So if you’ve had Korean tacos before and have high expectations, go and get these. If you’ve never had Korean tacos, go and get these. If you’re a big fan of ground beef tacos with lettuce and not a lot of spice, please return to this site when you’ve improved your food game.
I see you Ashley’s. You’ve stepped it up with these. I will be back.
Ashley’s Beer and Grill is at 7525 N Wayne in Westland, MI