At Tto Tto Wa Bistro, the Happy Marriage of Korean Fried Chicken and Beer

Perhaps even too much beer. But probably not.

Coors Light is sold 3000 ccs (3 liters) at a time for $17. The beer arrives in an alien spaceship gumball machine, complete with a lighted, ice-filled cooling element and a lockable spigot for safe and pleasurable beer-dispensing.

You can buy bottles of beer, too, or sip on soju, a sweetened beverage distilled from potatoes, if that's your thing. But don't mix the two. Kim warned me that doing so would make me very drunk. So I did just that, proving her point to excess.

Even in my stupor, it wasn't hard to notice that every table ordered the spicy chicken. You'd be wise to follow suit. The chicken is popular with the regulars for a reason: It's by far Tto Tto Wa's most compelling dish.

Angela Kim bought a fried-chicken joint and turned it into a chicken-and-beer mecca.
Rachel Parker
Angela Kim bought a fried-chicken joint and turned it into a chicken-and-beer mecca.
Spicy Seasoned Chicken
Rachel Parker
Spicy Seasoned Chicken

Sitting at tiny tables nested in private booths, listening to Korean chatter sift through the campy pop music and watching plates go by, I could have drunk myself into somewhere else entirely. It's not a boisterous bar, or a dingy fried chicken hut, but something much more Zen. This is a reverent drinking den, with cheap beer and sticky chicken, that could just as easily be on the other side of the globe as it is in Carrollton.

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texan_zombie
texan_zombie

If you actually go inside H-Mart you'll also find a great korean chicken small restaurant that sells good chicken wings called Toreore.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

I went to Toreore and tried a few of their chicken flavors. If you haven't tried Tto Tto Wa you should give them a shot. The atmosphere is for sure better. And I think you'll like their spicy chicken better, too.

Steve
Steve

A few hours after I ate at this place, I ended up feeling as though I'd been fisted with an oyster shucking glove.

So, naturally, it's become a staple.

 
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