Crisp

Restaurants , Korean Lake View
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Crisp
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Crisp

This tiny chicken joint in Lakeview is constantly packed, and for good reason. The chicken is fresh, of good quality, and comes slathered in three different sauces: a sticky barbecue, a hot sauce–laced Buffalo and a sesame-soy glaze dubbed “Seoul Sassy.” While we love the latter, even unadorned, the chicken stands out for its juicy meat and crunchy black pepper–dotted crust. There’s also a decent bibimbap (best ordered with “marinated” vegetables, beef, an egg and brown rice), Korean-style burritos whose fresh vegetables benefit from a liberal slather of sweetish hot sauce, and skippable potstickers with innocuous fillings. But the chicken is the thing. At least it was the second time around.

Venue name: Crisp
Contact:
Address: 2940 N Broadway
Chicago
60657
Cross street: between Oakdale and Wellington Aves
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-9pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Wellington. Bus: 22, 36, 76, 77, 151, 156.
Price: Average main course: $9
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Mark G

The food is on point every single time and the staff are all really chill. The atmosphere is great as well, a place I always take someone from out of town.

Dana B

Crisp has some of the best wings in the city and they are very large sized portions. I go in for their big bowls as well and they never disappoint. as long as I can put their seoul sassy sauce on it, I love it! I have gone in before and taken some of the seoul sassy sauce home to use on other foods as well!

Rachel W

Take me to your wing leader!


One of the best birthday presents I ever received was a trip to this Korean fried chicken gem. I take my wings very seriously, so I was excited to try this take on a dish I hold so dear. I was overjoyed. What Korean barbecue gets right that so many other spots try to emulate is the amazing crispy chicken with that sticky, sweet, addictive sauce. Not everyone can do it, and Crisp nails it. When I go now I almost always get a split order of wings. Half Seoul Sassy (the wing adorned with green onions below) and half Crisp BBQ (other wing pictured). For a gal who likes her spice, the BBQ is the winning wing, but it's a lot to handle all on its own, so switching out with the sweeter, milder Seoul Sassy is a game strategy that means I can keep eating for a long time. Bring some friends and BYOB for a dynamite wing experience. 

Erin Delahanty
moderatorStaff Writer

Don't second guess yourself, order as much fried chicken as possible topped with the Seoul Sassy sauce and try not to lick every drop of it off your fingers.

Zach L
moderator

If there's a better place to get Korean wings in Chicago, I haven't found it yet. Crisp is as delicious as its name suggests, offering up perfectly fried wings that are tossed in one of two sauces. I always opt for the sweet and slightly spicy Seoul Sassy sauce—you can use sriracha to add some heat if you need it. If you're not in the mood for something deep-fried, there are vegetable bowls that are almost as good. Beware: an order of 10 wings here is more like 20—you're getting the full wing.

Mark I

Crisp is the go to spot for carry out or delivery (they have a small army of crazy bicycle delivery guys), and the food is absolutely dynamite! You will crave the fried chicken and wings - perfectly crunchy but super moist inside. Three sauces to choose from, you honestly can't go wrong with any of them. They have great vegetables on the side, and the rice bowls keep the vegetarians happy. This joint is a GEM in Lakeview East!