One of life’s toughest issues for my husband and I is deciding on where to eat. Yes, I realize this is a first world problem, but when you are an uptown girl married to a no frills boy, it’s still a problem. My sweet man wants an uncomplicated menu, free of things he cannot pronounce, much less understand what type of edible animal/mineral/vegetable it may be, and to eat something delicious in a comfortable, casual environment. I want fancy. My heart (and stomach) yearn for fancy. The more fancy, the more I love it. Give me unique eats, artfully arranged, and flavor explosions that leave me in awe. I don’t have to know what I’m eating, as long as it tastes great.
Luckily for us, when my husband’s birthday rolled around he already had a flavor craving and a place in mind: Chi’lantro BBQ, home of the original kimchi fries. I’ve been a patron of Chi’lantro since they started off with a food truck in downtown Austin, and began wowing the crowds with their Korean-Mexican mashup and turning even the most finicky eater into a kimchi-loving machine. The Kimchi Fries are legendary, and for good reason – they are just that good. Delectable, satisfying, this dish is a riot of flavors layered on a bed of crispy french fries topped with your choice of spicy pork, spicy chicken, soy-glazed chicken, tofu or ribeye beef (get the spicy pork), two kinds of cheese, onions, cilantro, magic sauce, sesame seeds and sriracha, and that amazing caramelized kimchi. If you’ve never tried it, you’re seriously missing out.
My husband and I split the Korean Fried Chicken Wings during his celebratory dinner. I love the Gangham sauce with its sweetly spicy flavor, complimented by the spicy Ranch sauce that’s served alongside the wings. I could probably have eaten the entire order, but I resisted. So.hard.to.resist!
Chi’lantro has 6 locations, with a 7th in the works, so no matter what part of town you’re in, you can find your Kimchi Fries easily. Go get ya some!