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Bok a Bok Expansion Sells Out of Fried Chicken Opening Day

The popular White Center restaurant has opened a second restaurant on Capitol Hill

A top-down view of a Bok a Bok platter, with fried chicken, coleslaw, and an array of other sides.
Capitol Hill’s Bok a Bok is now open with Korean fried chicken and kimchi mac and cheese.
Suzi Pratt

Brian O’Connor’s White Center sensation Bok a Bok opened with Korean fried chicken and kimchi mac and cheese on Capitol Hill on Friday, December 1, and the first day in business was a runaway success: O’Connor sold out of chicken and had to delay opening on December 2 to restock.

Bok a Bok’s Capitol Hill location has just 17 seats in 1,000 square feet of space.

Like the White Center original, the Capitol Hill spot is bare-bones and small, with minimal seating at a counter and a few tables. But the menu of chicken breast, drumsticks, thighs, and wings dipped in sesame soy garlic or Korean barbecue sauce is also served at The Runaway, Barboza, and adjacent Neumos. Take-out is also available.

A top-down view of a Bok a Bok platter, with fried chicken, coleslaw, and an array of other sides. Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle
Bok a Bok offers a variety of goodies, chief among them being the Korean fried chicken.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

O’Connor, former chef at Skillet and Roux, opened the first Bok a Bok to instant acclaim in June 2016. Though his new restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license and therefore can’t serve the soju slushies that are a favorite with the south-end crowd, the Capitol Hill expansion does offer a few non-alcoholic drinks: Jones soda, sparking waters, and Korea’s popular toasted-barley sweet tea. And of course the neighboring bars all serve booze alongside O’Connor’s coveted fried chicken.

Bok A Bok Fried Chicken (White Center Original)

1521 Southwest 98th Street, Seattle, WA 98106 (206) 693-2493 Visit Website

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