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Six Essential Korean Fried Chicken Spots in Dallas, Ranked

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4. Tto Tto Wa
2625 Old Denton Road, Carrollton
Order the “half-and-half” special at Tto Tto Wa — which, like most of the menu, is not listed or explained in English — and a server will bring you, instead, a clearly uneven division between a few unsauced pieces of fried chicken and at least a dozen pieces doused in spicy barbecue sauce. There’s a reason: the barbecue sauce, a peppery glaze reduced to sublime stickiness, is terrific; even 18th and Vine would be proud.

The chicken, by contrast, tends to be cooked into borderline dry territory, and in the plain fried pieces that’s impossible to ignore. Service, without the call buttons the top three restaurants offer, can be seriously slow. But Tto Tto Wa is worth a stop for the awesome hot barbecue fried chicken alone, and for the cozy, indisputably charming ambiance of the small dining room.

5. Manna Fried Chicken
14530 Josey Lane, Farmers Branch
Manna Fried Chicken looks like a location from Breaking Bad. The lurid colors, the empty parking lot, the silent dining room with its cheap chairs and bubble gum machines — Manna is the perfect place for crime-world overlords to arrange a clandestine business meeting. Managed by a Korean couple, the kitchen puts out fried chicken with either french fries or, yes, fried rice.

The fried rice is adequate takeout fare, worth dousing in Manna’s hot sauce, which tastes an awful lot like something from Louisiana. But the fried chicken is very good. Served as fresh as physically possible, the pieces are ultra-juicy and the batter is well seasoned, if a little thinner than others on this list. There’s not much grease; the only danger is burning your mouth, or perhaps running into Gus Fring.


6. Gang Jung Chicken
2680 Old Denton Road, Carrollton
Across from H Mart in Carrollton, Gang Jung serves fried chicken and nothing but fried chicken, battered with rice flour. For smaller orders, the only options are wings and tenders; the rest of the bird requires ordering a family-size platter.

Unfortunately, the plain chicken here is undersalted, underspiced and not very flavorful. The sides, like celery sticks and underwhelming coleslaw, aren’t exactly attractions either, and, unlike the top four spots on this list, Gang Jung currently doesn’t offer cheap pitchers of draft beer. Hotter sauces like “Crazy Spicy” are outstanding, however, which makes this a terrific spot for a diner who wants hot wings, only hot wings and nothing but hot wings.
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Brian Reinhart has been the Dallas Observer's food critic since spring 2016. In addition, he writes baseball analysis for the Hardball Times and covers classical music for the Observer and MusicWeb International.
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