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Modern Chinese-Korean Restaurant Chiko Opens in Dupont on Valentine’s Day
Modern Chinese-Korean Restaurant Chiko Opens in Dupont on Valentine’s Day
February 5, 2019
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Chopped brisket bowls and “orange-ish” chicken are coming to Dupont Circle next week as Chiko opens its next  DC location on February 14. Chefs/co-owners Scott Drewno (formerly of The Source) and Mandu’s Danny Lee bring their respective Chinese and Korean cooking experiences to the modern menu, which will differ in a few ways from the Capitol Hill flagship.
D.C.'s Asian Eateries Build On Memories And Tradition For The Lunar New Year
D.C.'s Asian Eateries Build On Memories And Tradition For The Lunar New Year
February 5, 2019
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New year's customs can vary by family, faith, and country of origin. As a kid growing up in Vienna, Va., Korean American chef Danny Lee celebrated the Lunar New Year with tteokguk, a soup of sliced rice cakes, which symbolize longevity and renewal. At his latest venture, CHIKO on Barracks Row, he’ll usher in the holiday with no less than a full week of a tasting menu based on the cuisine of the Korean royal court, plus late night and brunch events and daily specials centered on a whole roast pig. It’s an undertaking, but Lee says the menu is tailored to be “heavily representative” of traditional Korean and Chinese culture, which favors noodles and the rice cakes Lee grew up with.
Chiko’s Revamped Tasting Counter Treats Customers Like Royalty
Chiko’s Revamped Tasting Counter Treats Customers Like Royalty
February 5, 2019
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Chiko co-founders Danny Lee and Scott Drewno wanted to do something completely new with the tasting menu at their award-winning Asian counter in Capitol Hill, which is to say they wanted to cook pancakes fit for a king.
Coconut Club
Coconut Club
January 18, 2019
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Another dish—Danny's Clams—was inspired by Chef Danny Lee of ChiKo. Last year Hawaiian Chef Sheldon Simeon visited D.C. and spent two nights in the kitchen at Lee's Korean meets Chinese restaurant on Barracks Row. Greenberg attended the pop-up. "Danny ran these clams," Greenberg says. "I texted him and said, 'I'm stealing those clams.' He was like, 'Do it!' I promised I'd put them on the menu as Danny's Clams." They call for a heavy dose of kimichi butter.
You Can Now Eat CHIKO While Cheering On the Caps and Wizards at Capital One Arena
You Can Now Eat CHIKO While Cheering On the Caps and Wizards at Capital One Arena
January 18, 2019
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CHIKO's growth spurt continues, this time at Capital One Arena. The casual restaurant that made its debut on Barracks Row in 2017 specializes in clever, comforting dishes that pull from both Chinese and Korean cuisines. Founders Danny Lee, Scott Drewno, and Drew Kim are excited to bring a selection of dishes to the sports and entertainment venue starting Friday night.
The 38 Essential Restaurants in D.C., Winter 2019
The 38 Essential Restaurants in D.C., Winter 2019
January 14, 2019
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At this humble counter in Capitol Hill, the mix of Korean and Chinese cooking continues to wow locals with specialities such as orange-ish chicken made with candied mandarins and chilled, marinated little neck clams. The second location from the Fried Rice Collective landed in the San Diego in November.
The Best Restaurants in Washington, DC Right Now
The Best Restaurants in Washington, DC Right Now
December 21, 2018
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When two of the city’s favorite slingers of Asian cuisine joined forces in the kitchen, magical things happened. Chefs Danny Lee (of Mandu) and Scott Drewno (formerly of The Source), along with Drew Kim (of Matchbox Food Group) formed the Fried Rice Collective to open ChiKo on Barracks Row. It may be a fast-casual joint, but the food is a far cry from a #boringdesklunch. The menu defies categorization, with Korean and Chinese influences and techniques blended together in ways that only Lee and Drewno could dream up. Standouts include the blue catfish fried rice, the double-fried chicken wings, and a rice bowl topped with Wagshal's chopped brisket. You can order a few dishes to try, or make the wise choice and sit at the counter to sample the entire menu for $50.
Washingtonian Readers’ Favorite Restaurants in 2018
Washingtonian Readers’ Favorite Restaurants in 2018
December 20, 2018
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Pop in for a fiery noodle bowl—or sample the entire menu at the $50-a-person tasting counter.
A Trip with a Message: Eat Local Seafood
A Trip with a Message: Eat Local Seafood
October 30, 2018
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“It’s incredibly important to learn about the impact that oysters can have on the health of the Bay and create that ecosystem that helps the Bay thrive,” says Scott Drewno of CHIKO, who has taken part in the trip multiple times. “In order for them to be successful, we need to buy oysters. Our customers need to eat oysters. We need to continue to create a business around it.”
The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.
The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.
October 22, 2018
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CHIKO is blazing a trail in a unique style of dining. They serve up innovative Chinese-Korean small plates at lightning speeds and reasonable prices for dine-in or takeout. Don’t miss the fried rice with blue catfish, the half-a-cado salad, orange-ish chicken, or chopped brisket with a soy-brined soft egg over rice with furikake butter. To try them all, book a seat at the kitchen counter.
8 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend
8 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend
October 17, 2018
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Get in the aloha spirit on Friday when chef Adam Greenberg and mixologist Bradley Langdon headline the ChiKo After Dark series (9:30 PM to midnight) with dishes from their forthcoming Coconut Club restaurant. Preview items from the island-inspired menu include tuna poke cannoli, young coconut summer salad, and Spam fried rice with a soft egg. The event isn’t ticketed, so walk-in early for a space.
TCRX 027: CHEF DANNY LEE OF CHIKO AND MANDU
TCRX 027: CHEF DANNY LEE OF CHIKO AND MANDU
September 26, 2018
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Musician, biologist and legal assistant are a few of the hats Danny Lee tried on before finding his perfect toque as Chef and Owner of Mandu, a traditional Korean restaurant in Washington, DC. No stranger to the restaurant business, Lee’s mother, Yesoon Lee, also chef at Mandu, owned a sandwich shop in Old Town Alexandria, VA in the 1980s, and in the late ‘90s, a Charlie Chiang Kwai takeaway store at Reagan National Airport. It was at Charlie Chiang Kwai that Lee learned the basics of running a food establishment. He cemented his restaurant knowledge at Oceanaire, where he worked under Chef Rob Klink who trained him both on the managerial and culinary side of the food business.
7 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend
7 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend
September 21, 2018
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Chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee are giving a Chinese and Korean twist to classic Maryland blue crabs this Saturday at Chiko as part of their crab week. Think steamed crab with Sichuan and kimchi salt instead of the OG Old Bay; crab fried rice; and pork-and-crab dumplings. Wash it down with unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys. Tickets are $85.
The Team Behind Chiko Is Opening Anju, a Korean Pub and Grill in the Original Mandu Space
The Team Behind Chiko Is Opening Anju, a Korean Pub and Grill in the Original Mandu Space
August 30, 2018
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Days before chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno opened Chiko last summer, the Lee family’s 11-year-old Korean restaurant Mandu burned in an electrical fire. The original 18th Street location has remained closed since, as Lee and his mom Yesoon Lee have dealt with the damage and tried to decide whether to shut down or rebuild. (Another K Street branch remains open.) Ultimately, they decided to stay. Along with Fried Rice Collective (the restaurant group started by Lee, Drewno, and Matchbox co-founder Drew Kim), they’re transforming the space into something new: Anju, a Korean pub with grilled meats, fun snacks, and plenty of soju. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the Lees hosted a late-night Anju pop-up series in 2014 with a rotating cast of top chefs serving Korean-fusion drinking snacks. The name literally translates to “food consumed with alcohol,” Lee says. But it also connotes places where you can find fun drinking food in a lively atmosphere. “You’re not held down to being the most traditional restaurant,” he explains.
The 38 Essential Restaurants in D.C., Summer 2018
The 38 Essential Restaurants in D.C., Summer 2018
July 25, 2018
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The Rammy Award-winning new restaurant of the year continues to wow locals with its mind-blowing mix of Korean and Chinese cooking. And the fun is just getting started. The co-founders are opening a second location on the West Coast later this summer, and plan to continue recruiting guest chefs for the “After Dark” series here in D.C.
20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.
20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.
July 24, 2018
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This hybrid Chinese-Korean restaurant on Barracks Row used to be a hot dog shop, and the floorplan hasn't changed much since ChiKo took over. Sure, there's a new black-and-yellow paint job, panda wallpaper, and some neon signage, but the fast-casual feel has overall remained. Mandu chef Danny Lee and chef Scott Drewno, formerly of The Source, reinterpret fast-casual as fine-casual in dishes like double-fried chicken with a spicy soy glaze, wok-blistered Chinese broccoli, and chopped brisket with a soy-brined soft egg, furikake butter, and rice. Go here to wow your friends with something new without breaking the bank.
Best of Washington 2018: Best Dining Trend
Best of Washington 2018: Best Dining Trend
July 6, 2018
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Chefs of all stripes have long dabbled in junk food, usually on bar menus. But a few have ditched fine dining altogether. At Chiko (423 Eighth St., SE; 202-558-9934), former Source chef Scott Drewno has teamed up with Mandu proprietor Danny Lee to create thrilling Chinese and Korean noodle and rice bowls.
Here Are the Winners of Washington’s 2018 RAMMY Awards
Here Are the Winners of Washington’s 2018 RAMMY Awards
June 13, 2018
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Chiko‘s Scott Drewno, part of the winning New Restaurant of the Year team, devoted his speech to thanking his mother, sister, and wife. His last message before leaving the stage: “We should all be feminists.”
All Sorts of Restaurants Are Shrinking Their Menus—Here’s Why
All Sorts of Restaurants Are Shrinking Their Menus—Here’s Why
June 13, 2018
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Even fast-casual places are taking notice. Scott Drewno, co-owner of the DC Chinese-Korean spot Chiko, serves about 16 main dishes—contrary to fellow Chinese eateries or quick-serve places with dozens of customizable options.
Women Restaurateurs Recognized at the RAMMYs
Women Restaurateurs Recognized at the RAMMYs
June 13, 2018
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Women winners were front and center. Amy Brandwein, chef/owner of Centrolina, won the coveted Chef of the Year award, Zena Polin, co-owner of The Daily Dish, won Favorite Gathering Place and Patricia Andres accepted the award for Exceptional Leadership & Impact along with Jose Andres who is in Guatemala helping earthquake victims. Scott Drewno, whose Chiko won New Restaurant of the Year, ended his speech with, “We should all be feminists.”

Best of DC 2018: Best Munchies or Drunchies
Best of DC 2018: Best Munchies or Drunchies
April 13, 2018
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The casual Chinese meets Korean restaurant on Barracks Row is a welcome middle ground for suffers of the munchies and the drunchies. The food is a textural playground from double-fried chicken wings ($9) to a bowl of chewy rice cakes with savory bulgogi, carrots, and shiitakes. If you’re able to remember, be sure to order the Wagshal’s chopped brisket rice bowl to-go with a soy-brined soft egg and furikake butter.
THE 2018 JAMES BEARD AWARD SEMIFINALISTS
THE 2018 JAMES BEARD AWARD SEMIFINALISTS
February 15, 2018
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We're thrilled to announce our 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists! Read on for semifinalists in all categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year. We'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominees for our Media and Restaurant Design Awards, in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 14...
DC Eats: Top 20 Spots of 2017
DC Eats: Top 20 Spots of 2017
January 29, 2018
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Chefs Scott Drewno (formerly of The Source) and Danny Lee (of Mandu) combined their areas of culinary expertise – Chinese and Korean cuisines, respectively – to create a fine casual concept that’s serving some of the most innovative and delicious food in the city, but at a surprisingly affordable price tag. The pair, along with their third partner, Drew Kim (of Matchbox Food Group), wanted ChiKo to be a place where they could let their creative fantasies run free. No reservations are needed to order a la carte, but there’s also a chef’s counter where you can sample most of the menu for just $50.
The Year in Food
The Year in Food
December 28, 2017
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At the same time, increased competition can also bring welcome change. One of the best trends to emerge in the current market is the rise of fast-casual or fine-casual restaurants that serve fresh, flavorful food for busy Washingtonians at surprisingly low price points. Places like ChiKo on Barracks Row, Little Sesame in Dupont Circle, and RASA in Navy Yard capitalized on the fact that the average D.C. diner wants not only a good value but a flavorful, fast meal that’s more adventurous than Chipotle.
Restaurant Experts Name 2017’s Key Newcomers
Restaurant Experts Name 2017’s Key Newcomers
December 27, 2017
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Nevin Martell, DC Modern Luxury dining editor: "I could eat the brisket with furikake butter and pickled long peppers every week and never get bored of it"
Where to Eat on New Year’s Eve Around D.C.
Where to Eat on New Year’s Eve Around D.C.
December 27, 2017
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This Barracks Row newcomer is opening up the comprehensive tasting menu ($65 per person; includes a champagne toast) typically reserved for the tiny chef’s counter to every seat in the house. Seatings avaialble at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. for parties of two to four people (parties of two will be seated with other couples to maximize space). Reservations are required.