I’ve had a long, indulgent love affair with fried chicken (I am a Southern boy, after all), and I’ve savored it at places that are considered yardbird landmarks (Price’s Chicken Coop in Charlotte, among many others).
But I might have found a place that puts them all to shame: Bon Chon Chicken in Fairfax City. This is possibly the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted.
Bon Chon is a popular South Korean restaurant chain that specializes in KFC — Korean fried chicken. The Korean style of frying is a two-step process, according to this article from The New York Times. The result is sublimely crunchy. In fact, it’s the most perfect crunch I’ve ever experienced from fried chicken. (The only downside to this process: be prepared to wait a while for your food.)
The chicken comes with two sauces — soy garlic or spicy soy garlic. I opted for the spicy, which had a wonderful kick, but was not overpowering. And unlike a lot of American wing places, the sauce is applied gently and is not messy.
The side dishes and appetizers looked interesting, but I didn’t try any on my first visit.
If you live in Fairfax, you’ve got to try this place. Now.