By the editors of the Northern Virginia Restaurant Blog
The first time we tried BonChon chicken wings was at Northern Virginia Magazine’s Chicken Wings NoVa Wars. They were so flavorful, so perfectly baked, and the spicy wings were way out of this world terrific, that we just had to follow our taste buds to their Annandale location.
|A medium combo plate with 10 boneless chicken strips (five soy ginger and five spicy) is $12.95. [NoVa Restaurant Blog]|
One of the nice things that BonChon offers is a calorie count of all its dishes, including wings. The wings are not cheap; they are about $1.30 per wing, regardless whether you get a mix of wings and drumsticks, drumsticks only, or boneless strips. We got the ones we remembered as being fantastic – soy garlic and spicy. Definitely worth the visit!
Looking around, most everyone in the restaurant was feasting on piles and piles of wings. Needless to say, come here for the wings. The other stuff wasn’t nearly as good as the wings.
|The Bull Dak ($12.95) entree consists of spicy chicken stir-fried with rice cakes in a fiery sauce topped with thinly sliced scallions and melted cheese, served with steamed white rice on the side. [NoVa Restaurant Blog]|
The two entrees we ordered – bull dak and chicken katsu – were good. Korean food doesn’t skimp on flavors, so almost anything you get will be good.
But BonChon Chicken is all about the WINGS, and this is definitely a reason to return!
Oh, by the way, an added bonus was that you do not walk out of the restaurant smelling like the kitchen. This is not a Korean BBQ place where you leave wearing the smell of all the food on the menu. It is a bright and airy restaurant with great exhaust, large windows, and modern furniture. There is just really no reason not to check it out.
|Special occasion cakes at Tous Les Jours. [NoVa Restaurant Blog]|
Just a few steps from BonChon, Tous Les Jours Korean Bakery wows you as soon as you walk in. It’s impossible to resist being enveloped by the variety of deliciousness emanating from shelves and shelves of powdered goodness as far as the eye can see.
Modern, clean, simple decor is utterly inviting. Be warned: You will not walk out empty-handed, even if you claim not to have a sweet tooth.
BonChon, 7215 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 703-914-1415. Open 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-11 p.m. Sunday.
Tous Les Jours, 7219 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 703-914-0000. Open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.