CHINATOWN — The Korean fried chicken craze has hit full throttle in Chicago.
Bonchon, a cult-favorite, opened earlier this week in Chinatown, according to its Facebook page.
The first Bonchon opened in South Korea in 2002. As of March the restaurant has 223 locations in nine countries, including 57 in the United States.
The Chicago restaurant in Chinatown Square had its soft opening on Monday and Tuesday, and already had lines out the door.
One Yelp reviewer proclaimed the restaurant had the "best Korean fried chicken on earth."
The restaurant's menu features its signature fried chicken, either soy garlic or spicy. As part of a lunch special, you can get eight wings, four drumsticks or eight chicken strips for $8.95 along with one side. It also serves a variety of other dishes like salmon avocado balls and Korean tacos.
The restaurant, 2163 S. China Place, though, has limited hours — it opens at noon Mondays-Wednesdays and at 3 p.m. the rest of the week. It closes at 8 p.m.