Cheap Eats 2014: Hot, Crunchy, Spicy, Sweet Chicken

Don’t get us wrong—we love good old buttermilk fried chicken. But dashes of lemongrass, Sriracha, and even Greek yogurt give these birds extra oomph.

Photograph by Scott Suchman

1. Sweetly glazed soy-garlic wings at Bonchon (multiple Maryland and Virginia locations).

2. Lemongrass-and-coconut wings at the subterranean cocktail bar 2 Birds 1 Stone, located below Doi Moi(1800 14th St., NW; 202-733-5131).

3. Zesty marinated chicken at the Latin American chain Pollo Campero (multiple area locations).

4. Shatteringly crunchy dim sum chicken at A&J Restaurant (1319 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-251-7878; 4316 Markham St., Annandale, 703-813-8181).

5. Lollipop drumsticks—done up with walnuts, honey, and Greek yogurt—at Cava Mezze (527 Eighth St., SE, 202-543-9090; 2940 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, 703-276-9090; 9713 Traville Gateway Dr., Rockville, 301-309-9090).

6. Fiery Sriracha-drenched wings at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (1308 G St., NW; 202-809-5565).

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.