Pacific: Season's eatings: A dashing list of 15 new restaurants

Pacific: Season's eatings: A dashing list of 15 new restaurants

California native Drew Kim and his partners, chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno, bring to the shores of California their East Coast-born restaurant that mixes Chinese and Korean (get it, Chi-Ko?) flavors with modern cooking techniques. Start with wok-blistered Chinese broccoli or Korean fried chicken wings then turn to the orange-ish chicken or Korean sweet potato noodles for the main dishes of the night. For a uniquely SoCal dish, the Encinitas location has The San Diego Spice Bag complete with crispy shrimp, tater tots and chili miso aioli — a nod to nearby DB Hacker’s Seafood Café. For an interactive experience, groups of two or four people can sit at one of only a few available counter seats and watch the action in the kitchen.

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EATER SD - D.C.’s Hit Asian Eatery Arrives in Encinitas

EATER SD - D.C.’s Hit Asian Eatery Arrives in Encinitas

A bonafide smash since its Summer 2017 debut in Washington, D.C., Chiko opens its first West Coast outpost in Encinitas this Wednesday evening. Winner of Eater DC’s 2017 Game Changer of the Year award and member of the Eater 38, the causal East Coast restaurant was created by a trio of industry vets who call themselves the Fried Rice Collective.

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Swizzle Chill: Chiko opens West Coast location November 14 in Encinitas, California

Swizzle Chill: Chiko opens West Coast location November 14 in Encinitas, California

The owners of Chiko, a popular, Washington, D.C. Chinese-Korean eatery influenced by the creations of chef Danny Lee and support of co-owners Scott Drewno and also Drew Kim, from Matchbox pedigree, are set to open a West Coast location in the Greater San Diego Area, Calif. The tweet today confirmed that the new Chiko restaurant will open November 14 at 4 p.m. in Encinitas, a beach-centric town 25 miles north of San Diego on the eve of a new Chiko restaurant opening in Dupont Circle. Chiko is also a Best New Restaurant of the Year RAMMYS-award winner.

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Sandiagoville: Esteemed Industry Vets To Open Modern Chinese & Korean Fast-Casual Eatery At Former Bull Taco Space In Encinitas

Sandiagoville: Esteemed Industry Vets To Open Modern Chinese & Korean Fast-Casual Eatery At Former Bull Taco Space In Encinitas

The second location of ChiKo will install within the space previously occupied by Bull Taco in a quiet stretch of the Leucadia area of Encinitas. The restaurant will be no-frills with walk-up counter service and dishes served casually in metal bowls on sheet pans. The menu contains a wide variety of authentic and fusion Chinese and Korean dishes like pork and kimchi potstickers, braised cumin lamb with noodles, bulgogi rib-eye and rice cakes, and pork belly-kimchi stew. 

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