Citing a lack of Korean fried chicken in San Diego (the one and only dedicated restaurant, BBQ Chicken, closed on Convoy in 2013), the team at Cross Street Chicken and Beer wants to bring traditional Korean style chicken to the area. As of this week, patrons can sample the twice-fried pieces with a thin but super crunchy batter while the staff trains. The official soft opening isn’t until Monday, October 9, but the dining room is ready for business now, according to Facebook.
There are five to six varieties of chicken, with different sauces and coatings ranging from authentic Korean flavors to Thai chili, garlic-parmesan and Vietnamese fish sauce. Shareable sides, including Korean corn cheese and kimchi fried rice, round out a menu that’s designed to pair with drinks. Cross Street offers 20 beers on tap, a large bottled beer list, and cocktails.
Cross Street says that the restaurant has sold out every night since unlocking the doors. The eatery is located at 4403 Convoy St. and opens Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Hours vary this week, but it looks like service typically starts around 4 p.m. during the training period.