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Best of D.C. : Best Restaurant
Best of D.C. : Best Restaurant
May 9, 2019
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No one at CHIKO is on cruise control. The casual Chinese and Korean restaurant that has managed to tap into precisely what this city is craving just opened at Nationals Park. When rain delayed the start of the game, there was CHIKO co-founder Scott Drewno at the new concession stand conducting quality control on bulgogi hoagies and loaded tater tots.
Power Dining
Power Dining
May 3, 2019
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Chiko by notable chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno is located in the Barracks Row neighborhood of Capitol Hill, Chiko is a great place to find ever-changing Chinese-Korean dishes that are perfect for the more adventurous eater. I recommend visitors start with the orange-ish chicken which is a combination of candied mandarins, crispy garlic, Chiko salt blend; rib eye and rice cakes with bulgogi, baby carrots, shiitakes, and Sichuan spicy cucumbers as a snack and then to move on to the house-fried rice served with Sichuan hot smoked blue catfish. If you are still undecided, I suggest calling ahead for a taste-of-everything experience at the US$50 reservation-only kitchen counter.
2019 SPRING DINING GUIDE
2019 SPRING DINING GUIDE
May 3, 2019
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Just like the original fast-casual attraction on Capitol Hill, it’s a little Chinese, a little Korean, and wholly delectable. Co-owners Scott Drewno and Danny Lee have another hit on their hands with their Dupont Circle spinoff, which benefits from all the learning that took place on Barracks Row. (Groups have more room to maneuver.) The exercise will be familiar to fans, who can count on pork and kimchi pot stickers and cumin lamb stir-fry, but also some fresh ideas: cold noodles slicked with chile oil and crunchy with roasted peanuts, and a riff on shrimp toast that pairs wedges of crisp buttered ciabatta with springy diced shrimp in XO sauce. Dunk, dunk away. A perch at the four-seat, reservations-only chef’s counter puts you face to face with the cooks and pretty much gives you a taste of the whole menu. The cherry on top of all the fun: Unlike its sibling, the offshoot does lunch.
The 38 Essential Restaurants in D.C., Spring 2019
The 38 Essential Restaurants in D.C., Spring 2019
April 12, 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 Fried Rice Collective has opened a second Chiko in San Diego and welcomed another local storefront in Dupont Circle. Their bulgogi hoagies and Korean chicken wings can now be found at Capital One Arena and Nationals Park.
Part Chinese, part Korean, Chiko branches out from Capitol Hill
Part Chinese, part Korean, Chiko branches out from Capitol Hill
March 22, 2019
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Not that the new menu is an exact copy. For Dupont Circle, the chefs came up with a delicious riff on shrimp toast. Instead of slathering ground seafood on a piece of bread and frying it, they’re serving the toast — wedges of buttered ciabatta — separately from the springy shrimp and frizzled herbs in XO sauce, hence the name “shrimp & toast.” (The crisp bread makes a great mop, FYI.) Green beans blistered in the wok are another fresh idea; the addition of meaty mushrooms and a swipe of fiery red soybean paste turn the toss into something memorable. Patrons of both locations are able to explore the recently added chilled noodle salad, crunchy with roasted peanuts and slick with chile oil, too.
Check Out All the New Food and Drink Vendors at Nationals Park This Season
Check Out All the New Food and Drink Vendors at Nationals Park This Season
March 21, 2019
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Chiko (Section 238) In addition to joining the Caps/Wizards at Capital One, chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee are bringing modern Chinese-Korean food to the Nats. The concession stand serves some items that were recently launched in Dupont, including chilled peanut noodles with fresh veggies and herbs and the bulgogi hoagie (think a Korean spin on a cheesesteak). Fans can also try furikake tots (with an optional kimchi-whiz topping) and Korean fried chicken wings.
What’s new at Nationals Park for the 2019 season?
What’s new at Nationals Park for the 2019 season?
March 21, 2019
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Area restaurants with concession stand offerings you’ll see for the first time at the ballpark include Medium RareHank’s Oyster BarCHIKODC Empanadas and Dog Tag Bakery.
8 Food And Drink Events To Feast On This Week
8 Food And Drink Events To Feast On This Week
February 27, 2019
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Get a jump on the Mardi Gras celebrations with a late-night kitchen and bar takeover at Chiko’s Barracks Row location. New Orleans-born chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery will prepare some special dishes for Mardi Gras along with the Chiko team, and mixologist Gina Chersevani of Buffalo & Bergen will head up the night’s cocktails. Walk-ins are welcome with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. (Chiko, Friday, 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m., $8 food and beverage specials)
Chiko Opens Its Dupont Location With a Fresh Spin on Shrimp Toast
Chiko Opens Its Dupont Location With a Fresh Spin on Shrimp Toast
February 15, 2019
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Chiko co-owner Scott Drewno promises that the second D.C. location of the inventive Chinese and Korean counter won’t stray far from the dishes that built up its following for the past year and a half.

After officially opening with a Valentine’s Day prix fixe last night, Chiko’s Dupont Circle spot will welcome walk-ins for dinner tonight with a menu that’s “about 75 percent” the same as the original in Capitol Hill, Drewno says.

Chiko Dupont Opens To The Public Friday!!
Chiko Dupont Opens To The Public Friday!!
February 14, 2019
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You’ll see folks popping in today at Chiko’s new Dupont location but their Valentine’s special is booked solid. But the good news is they open to the public tomorrow. Regular hours will be Sunday-Thursday 5-10pm and Friday-Saturday 5-11pm until they open for lunch. I’m told lunch should launch in about 6 weeks.
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.