Fried Chicken News
Spicy Korean fried chicken chain to open its first location in Fort Worth
An international fried chicken chain is coming to Fort Worth: Bonchon, the brand known for its unique and spicy Korean-style fried chicken, is opening its first Tarrant County location in southwest Fort Worth, off the frontage road of Chisholm Trail Parkway.
According to a company spokesman, the restaurant is a new build, currently under construction at 9652 Ten Gallon Dr., in a shopping center at McPherson Boulevard that is also, deliciously, home to a Chick Fil-A. Chicken face-off!
Their hoped-for opening date is August.
When that opening date arrives, it will be only the fourth Bonchon in Dallas-Fort Worth; there are currently locations in The Colony and Addison, but in addition to Fort Worth, there's another one under construction in Frisco, which is scheduled to open in May.
Bonchon's chicken is notable for two reasons:
- It's double-fried, which gives the crust a satisfyingly chew
- It has a unique red sauce that's garlicky, sweet, and spicy
The menu includes wings, drumettes, and boneless strips. There are also Korean tacos, which you can get with chicken or with bulgogi/marinated beef, plus fried rice, fries, coleslaw, and a kimchi coleslaw.
Other delectable dishes include pork buns, pot stickers, popcorn shrimp, and a fun bonchon wrap with lettuce, avocado, and onion in ranch dressing in a flour tortilla with choice of chicken or bulgogi.
Bonchon was founded in South Korea in 2002, then came to the U.S. in 2006. It was still only available in New York when it first entered the DFW market in 2013 and was met with such frenzied crowds that it had to shut down temporarily to recover.
The company has since relocated its U.S. headquarters to Dallas, and is run by veteran Dallas restaurateur Flynn Dekker, former marketing chief for Wingstop, who was named Bonchon's CEO in 2019.
Simultaneous to the new HQ in Dallas, Bonchon launched a fast-casual model and streamlined menu to help support their online ordering operation, which currently accounts for more than 50 percent of business.
Unfortunately, the menu streamlining resulted in the demise of some dishes including their fried tofu, which earned the top spot on this Best Tofu roundup back in 2014. It was everything you want in a fried tofu, with cubes that were battered, then fried, with a spicy-crunchy crust and soft, silken interior.
Bonchon, please bring back the tofu.
There are more than 100 locations in the United States and 250 restaurants throughout Asia and the Middle East.