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2017 DC FOOD ROUND-UP: BY THE FOOD WRITERS
2017 DC FOOD ROUND-UP: BY THE FOOD WRITERS
December 15, 2017
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2017 tasted good. We ate amazing food, drank amazing cocktails and dined in amazing spaces. But what about the other food writers? How was their year? Based on the following responses, 2017 tasted good for everyone else as well. Some things more than others tho. Obviously.
DC's Most Important Restaurant Openings of 2017
DC's Most Important Restaurant Openings of 2017
December 8, 2017
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Considering the trio behind ChiKo — Mandu chef-owner Danny Lee; former Sourcechef Scott Drewno; and Drew Kim, cofounder of Matchbox — it’s no wonder that even a few days after opening, this Chinese-Korean eatery was already on the radar of DC’s food-obsessed. Despite the owners’ pedigrees, there’s no table service here. You can order at the counter and eat in or order online for takeout or delivery. (We’re jealous of everyone who lives near these last two options.) But the best way to experience the modern Asian cooking is to reserve one of the four counter seats, where you can try just about everything on the menu for $50 per person.
Game Changer of the Year
Game Changer of the Year
December 6, 2017
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Chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee appear to be having the time of their lives. They wear the same welcoming smiles captured in the photo above when one sees them at their new Barracks Row eatery, Chiko, the flagship restaurant the Source alum and Mandu co-founder (respectively) brought into being earlier this year with fellow Fried Rice Collective principal Drew Kim. While some remain fixated on categorizing the predominantly Chinese and Korean dishes (Is it fusion? Authentic? All of the above?) what’s not up for debate is that enjoying amazing, budget-friendly food in a relaxed atmosphere is what Washingtonians want more of. Might others attempt to replicate a restaurant that features award-winning chefs spinning out brisket-topped noodle dishes, fried rice with smoked seafood, and zesty avocado salads? Let’ em try.
15 Essential Chinese Restaurants
15 Essential Chinese Restaurants
November 13, 2017
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Area newcomer Chiko is proof that quick and informal eating doesn’t have to come at the expense of flavor and imagination. The Chinese-Korean eatery is a collaborative effort from seasoned chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee; Drewno spent a decade charming diners at fine-dining destination the Source, while Lee shared Korean dishes with local diners at his family-run Mandu restaurants. Together, they turn out twists on Chinese favorites like cumin lamb stir-fry, “orange-ish” chicken, dumpling soup, and fried rice with hot smoked blue catfish. For a fuller experience, book one of two nightly seatings at the four-person chef’s counter.
A Perfect Day of Eating: 24 Hours in Washington, DC
A Perfect Day of Eating: 24 Hours in Washington, DC
November 6, 2017
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This was the toughest category since we’ve got some incredible things happening in the DC dining scene, but we couldn’t resist the exciting stuff coming out of this Korean-Chinese fast-casual kitchen on Barracks Row manned by two of DC’s best chefs. If you just pop in off the street, order the Wagshal’s chopped brisket, the pork-kimchi potstickers, and the double-fried chicken wings. But the best way to experience ChiKo is to reserve one of the four seats at the counter and eat your way through most of the menu for $50 per person.
The 12 Hottest Restaurants in D.C.
The 12 Hottest Restaurants in D.C.
November 3, 2017
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Fried Rice Collective co-founders Scott Drewno, Drew Kim, and Danny Lee are reinterpreting Asian cooking at this Chinese-Korean mash-up. Dishes range from squid ink...
Grab a Korean brisket bowl and dig in.
Grab a Korean brisket bowl and dig in.
November 1, 2017
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The last time I ate Scott Drewno’s food was a year ago at the Source, Wolfgang Puck’s haute-Chinese dining room in Penn Quarter, where Drewno...
The future of American food is here, and it’s chicken tikka poutine and meatball dumplings
The future of American food is here, and it’s chicken tikka poutine and meatball dumplings
October 25, 2017
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“As long as I could remember, our house was always the house that had people over for dinner,” says Danny Lee. “For my sister and I, some of our best memories are sitting around the kitchen table, just folding dumplings.”
Hottest Restaurants in the DC Area
Hottest Restaurants in the DC Area
October 16, 2017
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Top chefs Scott Drewno (ex The Source by Wolfgang Puck) and Danny Lee (Mandu) combine talents for adventuresome Chinese-Korean hybrids at this mod nook on Barracks Row where customers line up to order ever-changing fare like sichuan smoked catfish with squid fried rice and pork belly-kimchi stew – all served in metal bowls and trays – or they reserve ahead for a taste-of-everything experience at the kitchen counter. Seating at booths and tables is casual and communal.
Tom Sietsema’s top 10 restaurants: ChiKo is No. 8
Tom Sietsema’s top 10 restaurants: ChiKo is No. 8
October 2, 2017
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The most unlikely three-star restaurant in Washington asks you to order at the counter, take a number and wait for your food in a black-and-yellow space with a couple rows of tables and the soundtrack of neighbors dropping by for...
9 Surprisingly Great US Food Cities You Have To Visit
9 Surprisingly Great US Food Cities You Have To Visit
September 20, 2017
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Walk down Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row for a small taste of DC’s culinary dominance. Start at CHIKO, a Korean-Chinese fast casual known for inventive dishes, like rib eye and rice cakes....
The 10 Best New Restaurants Around DC
The 10 Best New Restaurants Around DC
September 6, 2017
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Is this the future of restaurants? It just might be. Here’s a place that smoothly shifts between fine dining and fast-casual, where you can linger over a tasting menu or grab takeout (and eventually, order delivery). The Korean/Chinese menu is airtight, thanks to two name chefs—Scott Drewno, who for a decade was putting out lacquered ducks and other $40-plus entrées at the Source, and Danny Lee, who also owns the Korean Mandu. Here, their collective work surpasses anything they’ve done before—chances are that bowl of cumin lamb noodles served on a metal tray is something you’ll keep thinking about long after the sting of Szechuan peppercorns fades...
Danny Lee wins judges choice in Kugel Cook-Off
Danny Lee wins judges choice in Kugel Cook-Off
September 6, 2017
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The event, which raised over $100,000 toward Tzedek DC’s mission, was held at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and featured several D.C. restaurant chefs battling for the best kugel, a traditional Jewish casserole. Among those who participated in the cook-off were chefs Kyle Bailey of The Salt Line, Mike Friedman of Red Hen and All Purpose, Danny Lee of Mandu and Chiko, and Alex Levin of the Schlow Restaurant Group. Chef Pati Jinich, the host of the PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table, was originally supposed to attend but had to cancel to help a family in Mexico following the recent earthquakes.
Fast-casual fusion ChiKo off to a fast start on Barracks Row
Fast-casual fusion ChiKo off to a fast start on Barracks Row
August 11, 2017
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The latest definition of crack in Washington is the “orange-ish” chicken at ChiKo on Capitol Hill. Brighter and lighter than any orange chicken of my acquaintance, the dish, starring crunchy thigh meat, gets electrified with candied Fresno chiles and candied clementines......
The Month of July in restaurant openings and closings
The Month of July in restaurant openings and closings
August 1, 2017
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Chinese-Korean from Matchbox co-founder Andrew Kim and chefs Danny Lee (Mandu) and Scott Drewno (the Source). The fast-causal spot on Barracks Row offers pickled things, dumplings, noodles and more; for $50, you can taste much of the menu at the reservations-only Kitchen Counter, which offers a "unique interactive dining experience."...
New Notable No Longer: August 2017
New Notable No Longer: August 2017
July 29, 2017
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Chefs Scott Drewno (formerly of The Source) and Danny Lee (of Mandu) have combined their areas of culinary expertise – Chinese and Korean cuisines, respectively – to create a fast-casual concept that’s serving some of the most innovative and delicious food in the city right now, 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, and the result is dishes like chilled acorn noodles with kimchi, gochujang and egg, as well as Wagshal’s chopped brisket with a soy-brined egg, furikake butter and rice...
The Early Word on Chiko
The Early Word on Chiko
July 24, 2017
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Chiko, the combination Chinese-Korean restaurant spearheaded by Mandu co-founder Danny Lee, Matchbox Food Group co-founder Drew Kim, and The Source by Wolfgang Puck alum Scott Drewno, joined the Barracks Row dining scene July 7. A menu board displays the 14 dishes, half dozen “snacks” (think: pickled and marinated items, a la Korean banchan), and solo dessert — produced in conjunction with fellow innovator Dolcezza — the trio of dining aficionados have come up with so far...
Chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee Open Their Hotly-Anticipated Chinese-Korean Restaurant
Chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee Open Their Hotly-Anticipated Chinese-Korean Restaurant
July 14, 2017
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One of the most exciting openings of the summer is—yes, really—fast-casual. Of course this isn’t just any restaurant serving food on metal trays. Chiko, which debuts tonight on Barracks Row, brings together a mix of Chinese and Korean flavors from three esteemed industry vets: Mandu chef Danny Lee, former The Source chef Scott Drewno, and Matchbox co-founder Drew Kim...
Devour Most of Chiko’s Funky Asian Cooking for $50
Devour Most of Chiko’s Funky Asian Cooking for $50
July 14, 2017
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While sampling the Chinese- and Korean-inspired fare created by Chiko co-founders Scott Drewno (alum of The Source by Wolfgang Puck), Drew Kim (co-founder of Matchbox Food Group), and Danny Lee (co-founder of Mandu) piecemeal is certainly an option, adventurous diners should splurge on a $50 tasting tour that features just about everything...
How to Eat Your Way Through D.C. This Week
How to Eat Your Way Through D.C. This Week
July 14, 2017
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A team of D.C.'s best chefs have joined forces to open Chiko (423 8th St. NE) on Barracks Row. The casual Korean and Chinese mashup comes from Danny Lee (Mandu), Drew Kim (formerly of Matchbox), and Scott Drewno (formerly of The Source). Expect affordable bowls and sides that push the flavor, such as peel and eat shrimp and smoked brisket or blue catfish...
First Look: ChiKo Opens in Barracks Row
First Look: ChiKo Opens in Barracks Row
July 14, 2017
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The buzz around D.C.’s restaurant scene in the recent years seems to be going in three distinct directions: the special occasion (read: very to VERY expensive) tasting menu route, the wait-in-line-for-it-for-hours cool internationally inspired destination that has half the city clamoring for its dozen seats, or the fast casual build-your-meal-in-a-bowl experience...
ChiKo—Casual Chinese and Korean—Comes to Barracks Row Friday
ChiKo—Casual Chinese and Korean—Comes to Barracks Row Friday
July 14, 2017
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To eat the best thing on the menu at ChiKo, opening on Barracks Row Friday, use a chopstick to pierce a soft-boiled egg that’s stained brown from sweet soy sauce. Then watch as yolk dribbles out...
Washington DC'S Best Restaurants Right Now
Washington DC'S Best Restaurants Right Now
July 14, 2017
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Two of the city’s favorite slingers of Asian cuisine joined forces in the kitchen, and people are already losing their shit. Chefs Danny Lee (of Mandu) and Scott Drewno (formerly of The Source), along with Drew Kim (of Matchbox Food Group), recently opened ChiKo on Barracks Row...
CHIKO Arrives on Barracks Row
CHIKO Arrives on Barracks Row
July 12, 2017
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The highly anticipated newest addition to Barracks Row, CHIKO, has been described as a fast-casual Chinese Korean eatery. But to call it “fast casual” is almost a misnomer; as the laid back, small space belies a higher echelon culinary skillset beyond your average lunch spot. And it’s no wonder – CHIKO is brought to you by the Fried Rice Collective, the collaborative team of chef Scott Drewno (formerly of the Source), chef Danny Lee (Mandu) and co-founder of Matchbox, Drew Kim. Together, they form the new group Fried Rice Collective...
Chinese-Korean joint opens on Capitol Hill; Blue Bottle and sweetgreen to Georgetown
Chinese-Korean joint opens on Capitol Hill; Blue Bottle and sweetgreen to Georgetown
July 7, 2017
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Customers order at the counter in the 28-seat restaurant at 423 Eighth St. SE, but it’s not a “Chipotle of Chinese-Korean.” There are set entrees, as well as smaller appetizers, and the menu will rotate depending on what’s fresh or what the night’s theme is: vegetarian on “Meatless Mondays” or seafood on Fridays. The restaurant also has a full bar...