Bonchon is here, bringing Korean-style fried chicken to Convoy Street where the international chain has opened its first outpost in San Diego. Founded in South Korea, the company counts over 200 stores in nine countries.
For the next two weeks, the eatery will run with abbreviated hours, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Bonchon does brisk takeout business at its other locations but for now, the Convoy branch is dine-in only.
The chicken, which is twice-fried to order, comes with either a soy garlic or spicy glaze, or half and half. Chicken wings are the best-seller, but Bonchon also offers chicken strips, drumsticks, and boneless wings. The menu is quite extensive beyond chicken, offering Korean classics like bibimbap, japchae, and bulgogi plus a host of other Asian dishes and fusion plates including bull dak, a stir fry of chicken and rice cakes in hot sauce with mozzarella, as well as udon noodle soup, potstickers, and takoyaki. There’s craft beer and wine too, priced lower during a weekday 3 to 6 p.m. happy hour.
The company tells Eater that at least two more locations are planned for the San Diego; the next stores are coming to Chula Vista and San Marcos.