258-3 Buam-dong, Jongno-gu
HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 2 p.m.-1 a.m., Fri.-Sun. noon-1 a.m.
COST: Entrées ₩10,000-25,000
SUBWAY: Gyeongbokgung (Line 3)
You can’t throw a rock in Seoul  without hitting a fried chicken and draft beer joint, which are among locals’ favorite spots to socialize. So why do so many people flock to this particular one?
The lines to get in frequently extend down the block, patrons are forced to sit cheek to jowl, decor is nonexistent, and the service is pretty gruff, when you can get a server’s attention at all.
But then there’s the chicken—crisp, cooked with just the right amount of batter, and served in a heaping basket on a bed of delicious home fries, accompanied by an addictive sweet chili sauce. Wash it down with a couple of cold local beers and the buzz surrounding this place will make perfect sense.