If KFC is the colonel, Bonchon ought to be known as the general. No one makes fried chicken like this Korean chain. The twice-fried exterior is more carapace than skin, and the crunch can be heard from neighboring tables. Customers tend to be either first-timers or confirmed addicts. The nice thing about the Arlington, Centreville, and Navy Yard locations is that you don’t have to feel as if you’re eating fast food. You can take in the sinuous, clean-lined spaces while you sip a good cocktail. Not that you’re fooling yourself for even a minute that you’re, like, dining. It’s all about the fix—the crunchy, sweet, finger-licking fix.
Where you can get it: Multiple area locations; bonchon.com
Also good: Pork buns; lychee mojito.