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Here’s Fuku, David Chang’s Answer to the Fried Chicken Sandwich Craze

The casual fried chicken restaurant comes to SocialEats food hall on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

Loaded fried chicken sandwich on a tray at Fuku.
Spicy fried chicken sandwich at Fuku
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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

David Chang’s highly anticipated fried chicken sandwich restaurant, Fuku, opens today at SocialEats food hall on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. The former Sumo Dog stall has been transformed into a sleek counter with a straightforward menu. There’s a spicy fried chicken sandwich, chicken tenders, and an off-menu cold fried chicken leg that’s as spicy as Howlin’ Ray’s hottest level. On the side are waffle fries, chili-garlic green beans, and horseradish snow peas.

The Southern-style sandwich will likely be the star with its plush potato roll and crunchy pickles. It’s a reasonable buy at $8 and a solid deal with a drink and fries at $11. Order it as a “knockout” and the sandwich comes loaded with seasoned cabbage and a spicy mayo-like sauce. The tenders are good too, but the off-menu Rippin’ Hot cold fried chicken leg might steal the show with its seriously spicy profile. It’s a Santa Monica Fuku exclusive and only available by request, so put on the provided gloves and get ready to sweat.

To drink, there’s a frozen strawberry lemonade, peach sweet tea, and yuzu lemonade. Fuku first opened in New York City’s East Village before expanding to three locations in the Big Apple, one in Boston, and other sports concession venues including the LA Coliseum. The fried chicken spot also popped up at Coachella the last few years to drum up social media buzz.

Fuku is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

Wide photo of the Fuku fried chicken stand in Santa Monica with green stools.
Fuku at SocialEats in Santa Monica
Fuku stand with signage, counte,r and green stools.
Register and LED-lit menu signs at Fuku with green stools.
Colorful street art and the Fuku sandwich stand.
Spicy fried chicken sandwich with waffle fries, pickles, and sauce on a metal tray.
Spicy fried chicken sandwich at Fuku with waffle fries, pickles, and knockout sauce.
Fried chicken on a potato bun with pickles and ranch on a tray.
Rippin’ hot cold fried chicken on a potato bun with pickles and ranch
Chicken tenders meal with snow peas, green beans, waffle fries, and dessert with a drink.
Fuku fingers meal with snow peas, green beans, waffle fries, and cheesecake with a drink.
Chicken fngers with snap peas and pickles in a paper box.
Fuku fingers with snap peas and pickles

Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.

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