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Local Fried Chicken Favorite Bok a Bok Is Ready for Kirkland Expansion

It’ll be the restaurant’s fifth location in the area

A top-down view of a Bok a Bok platter, with fried chicken, coleslaw, and an array of other sides.
Bok a Bok Fried Chicken has been steadily growing over the past five years.
Suzi Pratt

Some coveted fried and brined birds are coming to the Eastside soon. The Village at Totem Lake announced that Bok a Bok — a local, four-restaurant mini chain in Seattle — will be opening a new location at the Kirkland shopping center sometime this spring.

Bok A Bok’s Kirkland menu should hew closely to the other spots that have built a following over the years, with Korean and Southern styles of fried chicken served as strips, drumsticks, wings, and sandwiches. The restaurant also features sides such as buttermilk biscuits, tater tots, and kimchi mac and cheese, along with boozy slushies when the weather is warmer.

The franchise got its start in White Center five years ago, and has steadily expanded since with locations in Burien, the U District, and Capitol Hill. All outposts have remained active during the pandemic, as the chain’s fast-casual model seems suited to increased demand for takeout and delivery.

When Bok a Bok opens in Kirkland, it will be joined by Don’t Yell at Me, a Taiwanese boba tea shop that has a U District outpost, adding to the Village’s collection of restaurants and cafes. Ice cream purveyor Salt & Straw opened a location at the shopping center in November, and the highly regarded California-based franchise Silverlake Ramen should arrive soon. Also planned for 2021 is an upscale Korean barbecue spot called ShabuGen, an outpost of Capitol Hill Italian spot Due Cucina, and the gastropub Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar.

Bok A Bok White Center

1521 Southwest 98th Street, , WA 98106 (206) 669-5976 Visit Website