Roy Choi Best Friend for Korean street food at the Park MGM in Las Vegas

Roy Choi Best Friend entrance.
Roy Choi Best Friend entrance. Located in the Park MGM in Las Vegas, you walk through a convenience store and bar to get to the restaurant.

I live in West Texas. When I think of street food, I think of a dude in a truck selling tacos. That’s just how we roll. Roy Choi grew up in Los Angeles, and he apparently though of street food the same way. There is, however, a twist. I think of tacos as a Mexican dish. Roy Choi Best Friend offers Korean-accented tacos– and a lot of other deliciousness. The restaurant is located in the Park MGM in Las Vegas, and there are several things you need to know.

First, the vibe Roy Choi Best Friend goes for is something called “reverse speakeasy.” That means that you can’t go walking through the Park MGM looking for a restaurant. Instead, you go looking for… a convenience store. To be more specific, a convenience store with a bar in it. You then walk through a refrigerator curtain into the main restaurant.

Roy Choi Best Friend bar.
Roy Choi Best Friend bar. The bar is located in the exterior “convenience store” portion of the establishment.
The door from the convenience store to the main restaurant at Roy Choi Best Friend in Las Vegas.
The door from the convenience store to the main restaurant at Roy Choi Best Friend in Las Vegas.

It turns out I like kimchi. Who knew?

Once we got in to the restaurant, our waiter greeted us quickly. I loved the vibe of the place. The waiters all wear track suits, and they seem very relaxed. They also know their stuff. The only real problem was that the service was almost too fast. We ordered several things, and they all came out quickly and without explanation. That meant that we didn’t always know what we were eating. Like a lot of high-end restaurants, it wasn’t generally our waiter bringing us our food.

The waiters at Roy Choi Best Friend wear track suits.
The waiters at Roy Choi Best Friend wear track suits.

We did, however, know that every bite was delicious. Frankly, we order too many delicious things. Someone even ordered kimchi, and I loved it. I would not have predicted that. All of the various presentations of pork belly were amazing, and the street tacos were great. They were nothing like Mexican-style street tacos here in the Petroplex (Midland and Odessa, Texas), but they were amazing.

Roy Choi Best Friend rice bowl with pork belly
Roy Choi Best Friend rice bowl with pork belly.
Roy Choi Best Friend street tacos
Roy Choi Best Friend street tacos.

So would I go again? Absolutely. The food was amazing. It wasn’t cheap, but it was much less expensive than most high-end restaurants in Vegas. Ask you waiter how much food you should order, and then one or two dishes fewer than that. Ask them to pace out your meal so you can appreciate each delicious bite. Finally, be like the waiters. Wear some stretchy pants when you go in. You are going to need them.

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