Since it opened on West 18th Street, I’ve heard great things about Dak & Bop. When I finally got to try its specialty, Korean fried chicken, I wasn’t disappointed.
While the dining room at Dak & Bop is open, I opted for online ordering and curbside pick-up. It was an easy process to order online, and even has the restaurant’s most popular items — wings, tenders and fries — highlighted.
Since it was my first visit, I ordered what the restaurant was best known for. I knew I would be sharing, so I ordered the wings with medium spicy sauce, the tenders half with soy garlic and half with medium spicy, and fries.
The only sauce that was available that I didn’t try was the hot and spicy.
I arrived at the restaurant a few minutes early, but ended up waiting for my food a good 30 minutes longer than the time they told me it would be ready. I’m going to give the restaurant the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s still working out the kinks for curbside.
But even with the extra wait, I thought the food was worth it.
Dak & Bop’s chicken is double fried, giving it a thick crunchy crust with tender chicken inside.
The tenders were just a bit bigger than nuggets. I’m guessing the chicken was thigh meat because it was a little tough, but still juicy. I really liked the soy garlic for a non-spicy option. It had a hint of sweetness but the taste of garlic was obvious. The sauce, on all the chicken, had a sticky consistency, which reminded me of sauces used in other Asian dishes.
The medium spicy was perfect for someone who wants a little kick but doesn’t want their mouth on fire. It also had a hint of sweetness. I enjoyed both sauces, but found myself picking up the medium spicy more often.
The wings were large and thick. I had already tasted the medium spicy on the tenders, but I thought the wings were juicer. The crunchy exterior was slightly different than that of the tenders because the chicken was on the bone.
I usually would choose tenders over wings, but the wings at Dak & Bop were too good not to prefer.
Dak & Bop offers multiple fry selections, like the Seoul fries or Korean curry fries. I got the regular side of fries, which were lightly seasoned. They made a good complement to the chicken entrees.
Dak & Bop
Address: 1805 W. 18th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Healthy options: No
Star of the show: Wings with medium spicy sauce