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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...
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...