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Bok a Bok’s Korean Fried Chicken Sensation Hits Burien

The third location of chef Brian O’Connor’s budding chain opens today near Sea-Tac Airport

Korean fried chicken and other goodies at Bok a Bok, which now has White Center and Capitol Hill locations.
Korean fried chicken and other goodies at Bok a Bok, which is expanding to Burien.
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Chef Brian O’Connor’s wildly successful Bok a Bok, a growing fast-casual chain that draws long lines for its crispy Korean fried chicken, rice bowls, sandwiches, and kimchi mac and cheese, will open a Burien location today at 11 a.m. at 131 SW 153rd St. It’s Bok a Bok’s third location after popular White Center and Capitol Hill outposts, and if day one in Burien is anything like it was on Capitol Hill, the fried chicken could sell out today.

The new Bok a Bok sits near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. None of the locations is huge; this one has 1,100 square feet of elbow room and seating for 35 diners. The space maintains the bare-bones aesthetic of white walls alternating with wood paneling plus pops of bright red via standard metal stools. Starting today, operating hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with options for take-out and delivery in addition to dining in.

The menu is the same as the other two locations, with fried chicken in a variety of formats: fried chicken strips, drumsticks, wings, and thighs with sweet and spicy sauce selections; fried chicken sandwiches; and rice bowls. The rest of the menu sticks with the slight Southern comfort food spin on things, featuring buttermilk biscuits, ginger coleslaw, tater tots, and kimchi mac and cheese. Drinks include Jones sodas, toasted barley sweet tea, beer, wine, and boozy slushies.

“I love Burien, it has a small town feel but is bustling with business and people,” O’Connor said in a statement. “I live not too far from here and am really excited to be a part of this community.”

Bok A Bok Fried Chicken (White Center Original)

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

Bok A Bok (Burien)

131 SW 153rd St, Burien, WA 98166 (206) 669-5976 Visit Website