While Portland isn’t known for a rich Korean food scene, the thirst for Korean Fried Chicken is serious. When Bonchon finally opened an Oregon location this year, the international chain had to shut down the location’s online ordering, due to the massive demand that led to shockingly long wait times on opening day. Readers won’t need to worry about long queues though, as this map also has plenty of established KFC spots, from Beaverton to Happy Valley.
Korean fried chicken is celebrated for its crispness and sweet, lacquered sauces like a spicy yangnyeom or a sweet, garlicky dakgangjeong. The result is a sticky, juicy fried chicken that is hard not to obsess over. While not necessary by any means, a beer pairing is recommended for the full “Chimaek” experience (Suggested: Cass or Hite).
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
Note: The restaurants on this map are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.Read More