Tucked into the shops at Kerrytown mere shouting distance from Community High is Kosmo Deli, a self-described "post-industrial" Korean lunch counter.
Your dining experience may vary depending on what time of day you stop in and your level of tolerance for the hijinx of cooler-than-though teens (don't get it twisted, this is Community High property during their lunch hour that runs approximately 11:30-12:30), but the food itself is rarely hit-or-miss.
The Bi Bim Bop is probably the most ordered dish and is served with either chicken teriyaki, bulgogi (marinated beef for the unacquainted) or tofu and a delightful mess of vegetables. No complaints there.
The show-stopper item on the menu for this reviewer is the Bogie—basically a Korean interpretation of the cheesesteak. Your humble scribe was a Philadelphia resident for 10 years and knows a good cheeser better than most. Bulgogi plus sesame seed roll plus American cheese plus mushrooms and peppers equals lunchtime victory. The Bogie could give Pat's, Geno's or Tony Luke's a run for the moolah. And scene.
The super-friendly proprietor, Don Kwon, has a couple other Korean-American-fused originals on offer including the deep-fried hot dog wrapped in bacon and Kimchi and twigim, tempura-battered vegetables. The egg rolls are reputed to be a cut-above as well.
There's also your typical American morning and lunch fare like breakfast sandwiches and two-egg specials, grilled cheese sandwiches and the Kosmo Burger served with ground beef from local butcher/steakhouse Knight's.
There's a creative bent to the place, nowhere more noticeable than the kitchen retrieval station: your server picks your food up from the artistically-fashioned mouth of a robot with two old TV monitors for eyes.
So there's that.
The lunch counter and dining areas are no-frills but very clean and roomy. Kerrytown shoppers will file by while you're eating but never mind them, you're there to eat, silly rabbit.
And eat well you will, unless you somehow don't like superb Korean food. Or American diner standards. Either way, we promise, the robot will not mock you.
Or will it...