There are saturated markets, and then there’s fried chicken in Korea, where the assumption “everybody loves fried chicken” has given birth to more than 50,000 restaurants operating nationwide. The number of restaurants that serve fried chicken in South Korea surpassed the number of McDonald’s restaurants on planet earth in 2015.
That hyper-competitive marketplace is to the chicken-lover’s gain: Korean fried chicken is starting to take over the States, and LA isn’t exempt from a similar proliferation of golden fried birds slathered in syrupy glaze or gochujang-infused hot sauce. From chicken-and-beer focused pubs (chimaek), to family-friendly takeaway chicken shops, to pubs that just serve a mean tongdak (fried chicken with paper-like skin), LA is already home to perhaps the nation’s most competitive Korean fried chicken scene. Here now, the 10 essential Korean fried chicken spots in Los Angeles, presented from north to south.
EDIT August 23, 2018: An earlier version of this map included Lee’s Noodles, which has closed; The Prince takes its place on the list.Read More