Why We Love DC’s Chiko Restaurant

Capitol Hill spot Chiko has been capturing plenty of critical buzz for its fusion of Chinese and Korean cuisines. Here are our top five reasons why you need to check it out.

You Don’t Need To Dress Up

Despite all the great reviews and the fact that it’s one of the hottest spots in town, Chiko also happens to be a fast/casual joint, where you’ll order at a counter and get your food on a tray. That means you don’t need to worry about ironing your button-down shirt or steaming your best dress- just come as you are and enjoy.

You Won’t Need To Worry About Your Bank Account

It’s hard not to be concerned about blowing your travel budget when you’re trying to check out all of DC’s top restaurants. But with Chiko, fast-casual food also means fast-casual prices. With the most expensive options on the menu here reaching $18, you can enjoy a delicious meal with totally affordable prices.

You’ll Love The Atmosphere

The cool, black-and-yellow decor at Chiko is one of the coolest parts of the restaurant. You won’t be able to keep yourself from snapping photos of the interior, and you’ll definitely need to take a picture of the graffiti-style painted exterior too.

You’ll Love The Food

Chiko’s biggest draw is its innovative yet homey take on Asian cuisines. We’re all about the perfectly seasoned fried chicken, which comes with an array of equally delicious dipping sauces, as well as less obvious contenders like the Sichuan spicy cucumbers.

And The Food

It bears repeating just how incredible each dish at Chiko is. You’ll want to savor every mouthful of the wok-blistered sesame shoots and the homey dumpling soup. If you happen to be a vegetarian or on a gluten-free diet, you’ll be taken care of here. The restaurant offers plenty of dishes for diners with eating restrictions, meaning you can eat shrimp, fried rice, and stir-fry to your heart’s content.

423 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003