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Crisp

Crisp

Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
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  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Crisp is Lakeview's fried chicken haven. Their Korean style chicken, including the jumbo wings, is available in 4 variations: Plain Jane (sauce-less), BBQ, Buffalo and the crowd favorite, Seoul Sassy. Read more
  • Karyn C.
    Karyn ChinAugust 22, 2015
    Great korean fried chicken spot. Portions are HUGE! Make sure you are hungry when you come. BYOB which is great except when you get drunk, rowdy patrons taking over the place. Not so great.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoMarch 18, 2015
    The Seoul Sassy fried chicken is undeniably amazing. It's twice-fried in a pressure cooker, and drizzled with a soy, garlic, and ginger marinade and tossed with crunchy scallions. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The Korean-style chicken at this cheery storefront is fresh, good quality and comes slathered in three sauces: a sticky barbecue, a hot sauce–laced buffalo and a sesame-soy glaze dubbed “Seoul Sassy." Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    The chicken comes with a delicate thin crust, which is then tossed in a sweet and sticky soy-ginger glaze and garnished with bits of freshly chopped green onion. The combination is addicting.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    "Seoul Sassy" is a seemingly mild soy, ginger, and garlic based sauce, until you get a few bites in and the heat and sweetness that have been lingering in the back move to the forefront.
  • David D.
    David DerrickAugust 28, 2014
    Korean style fried chicken joint with many tasty sauces to choose from! If you don't feel like chicken try the exceptional Buddha bowl with its multitude of veggies!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    The Original Bad Boy Buddha ($8.95) is the medium-sized bowl option, packed with eight vegetables including bean sprouts, carrots and moo, all adding a welcomed crunch. Best to share it with a friend. Read more
  • Alice m.
    Alice maxNovember 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I wanna note that this place is also veggie vegan friendly! The Buddha bowls you can easily get without the egg, the tofu is THE BOMB, and the kimchi (cabbage or radish) is to die for! :D
  • Tammy
    TammyNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Crisp BBQ wings are tasty, but sauce can get overwhelming with flavor. Good balance is the the Seoul Sassy. Make sure to dip fries in atomic sauce! Steak sandwich is basically a kalbi sandwich. YUM.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    It's the tasty Korean fried chicken that will keep you coming back to this addictive eatery. The shop's take on traditional bi bim bop, called the Buddha Bowl, is also popular. Read more
  • Angela
    AngelaSeptember 26, 2014
    By far, the best Korean wings in Chicago. This place really lives up to their name. Crispy chicken no doubt. Seoul Sassy is the way to go. Really friendly service too.
  • @jblaze305
    @jblaze305October 22
    The place is small but who cares the flavor is big. The option are great , the customer service was epic , even with a line they move fast. I'll be back. The Korean style sauce will make u slap urself
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SheelySeptember 1, 2013
    One of their wings would count as two at most other places (the serve the whole wing in one piece) so take that into account when you're ordering, or you may get way more food than you were expecting!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    The succulent wings at Crisp are certainly what lures you in the door. But the added treat at the Korean-style fried chicken joint in Lakeview is its vibrant bibimbap, here called Buddha Bowls. Read more
  • Monica S.
    Monica SilvaNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place, they have amazing right bowls! I suggest you share a bowl they are largely portioned. Wings are amazing try the Seol flavor my favorite
  • J L.
    J LeeJune 29, 2012
    Whole chicken 2 sides and 2 Cans of soda from the cooler on the left, for 19.99 =21.95 with tax is an awesome deal. Savings up to 7 bucks......sweeet
  • Jake W.
    Jake WilliamsAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss out on the tremendous food at Crisp while up in the Lakeview area. Get the not-so-common sandwich for a great lunch option.
  • Tammy
    TammyJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the seoul sassy. Not too much flavor and just perfect. Try the atomic sauce with your fries! Downside: long wait, not enough tables. Avoid peak dinner times.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PeternellAugust 15, 2011
    You don't have to have it all the time but order the Seoul Sassy wings at least once in your life (once you try it once you'll be hooked)
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WallaceAugust 25, 2012
    Got the Seoul Sassy Sauce Wings and the Seoul Steak bowl, both were awesome. Be prepared to take some home, the bowls are big.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelJanuary 22, 2015
    Oh my were the wings here good. I'll definitely come back here next time I'm in Chicago.
  • Jonathan F.
    The bowls are delicious and service is quick. The wings are a must, however.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah B.May 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    OMG!! Great korean chicken wings.... worth our 95 mile drive from Milwaukee!! Big, meaty wings with great Seoul Sassy Sauce!
  • Stephan G.
    Stephan GermainJanuary 23
    Korean fried chicken? Yes please! The sides are also good with a great take on Korean recipes. Family style seating
  • Tina D.
    Tina DavisJune 11, 2013
    Best wings EVER!!!! I recommend sitting by the front window. Super cramped and crowded. They really need to build an addition.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PeternellJanuary 17, 2011
    I've tried the Seoul Sassy and Spicy Wings and they've both been phenomenal - do yourself a favor and try one of, if not both, of these wing varieties
  • Lawrence F.
    Lawrence Flack IIMarch 28, 2015
    All of the wing flavors are great. Buddha bowls I've tried have a tad bit of sweetness, but do not disappoint.
  • Ashok S.
    Ashok SelvamJune 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is Korean fried chicken. If you like wings, this takes them to the next level with Asian flair and a special frying process that makes them addicting. Try to lunch specials or order some chicken Read more
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Their Buddha bowls are awesome and very large portions! Don't forget to put their "Allison" sauce on it!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Their Buddha bowls are awesome & very large portions! Don't forget to put their "Allison" sauce on it!
  • Samantha Y.
    Samantha YJune 27
    Split 5 Sassy Seoul wings and baby buddha bowl with two people. Perfect amount of food.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 15
    The barbecue wings at Crisp are super crispy and juicy. They coat the wings in Korean fermented chili paste. Read more
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie Hardiman SimonSeptember 1, 2014
    Best fried chicken in the city. Get the whole chicken with Seoul sassy and take home the extra.
  • Nakki
    NakkiFebruary 26
    SO TASTY!! And these are big wings! They taste amazing when reheated the next day too!
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerJuly 16, 2015
    Featured on Unique Eats. Double fried so the chicken are rather crispy and crunchy.
  • T H.
    T HJune 17, 2012
    I think the chicken's only good if you get a sauce-I got the regular fried chicken (b/c great FC doesn't need embellishment) and it's really bland. Also-it's a tiny, busy space w/ very little seating
  • Debra S.
    Debra SecorApril 5, 2013
    I had the chicken strips, I liked the seoul sassy sauce but the bbq was good too.
  • Zach S.
    Zach SmithNovember 17, 2015
    Great take on wings. The wings are huge and full of flavor with an Asian twist.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 10, 2014
    Crowded and small space. There's a long line for ordering and seating. The chicken wings are awesome!
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyNovember 24, 2015
    Fried chicken. Oriental fried chicken is the best . Ours is good but theirs is better! Fries are amazing!
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaMarch 17, 2015
    I don't usually associate lakeview with knock out food, but this place is worth a trip to the neighborhood. Get some wings!
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KJune 25, 2014
    The wings are huge here, baby birds. The radish is the thin, stringy type......NOT the cubes.
  • Adam R.
    Adam Rowe3 weeks ago
    Always order the bone in vs boneless cuz you get so much more flavor
  • Paige K.
    Whatever you get, be sure to try the Allison's Atomic sauce - it's heavenly
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WDecember 1, 2015
    This place is absolutely delicious! However, I usually don't end up getting fried chicken
  • Jay P.
    Jay PatelAugust 2, 2013
    Best wings in the city hands down. Seoul Sassy is the way to go
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NewmanAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best chicken strips in town. Get Seoul Sassy. Enjoy.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyApril 2, 2012
    The Baby Buddha bowl is plenty big for one person - no need to get anything larger.
  • Sam T.
    Sam TuckerJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Alden the manager is a local legend and totally knows what is up! Ask him about the good bars in the area!
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