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Review: Crisp

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jun 25, 2008 2:36PM

Chicken%21.jpgFried chicken is one of those dishes that we eat about twice a year; usually one of those times is disappointing. It’s a dish that’s very easy to get wrong and even the best examples of the frying art sometimes weigh you down like a lead overcoat. Happily, there is fresh hope for the fried chicken lovers of Chicago who are willing to try something a little different.

Crisp is a Korean restaurant that specializes in chicken, especially chicken wings. They use only fresh chicken, fried in oil without any trans-fats. Their frying process creates chicken that is both crispy and light at the same time, without a heavy or grainy crust. You can chose from a number of flavors, including “Plain Jane” (just spices and marinade) and “Crisp BBQ” (a smoky Korean barbeque sauce). Our hands-down favorite was Seoul Sassy, with ginger, soy, scallions and honey. Their menu insists that you not “call it Teriyaki, or you will have to deal with the wrath of Mama Lee.”

In addition to wings and fried chicken, Crisp has a selection of rice and noodle bowls, as well as some wraps and sandwiches. One of our dining companions was disappointed with her somewhat flavorless wrap, but the bowls are large and filled with veggies, rice and spicy sauce. However, while this may offend some vegetarian readers, we’re going back for the chicken.

Crisp is located at 2940 N. Broadway. The restaurant has very limited seating, so if you’re going at a busy time take-out might be a good option. Check out their menu at