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Sunday, February 11, 2018

A new dining option: 'Release the Craycken'

“Release the Craycken,” the name of a small seafood restaurant that opened Feb. 6 at 4231-R Markham Street in Annandale, reflects the two main items on the menu: crayfish and chicken.

It also alludes to the legendary sea monster known as the kraken, notes owner Juong Choi. The quote “Release the Kraken!” that became a popular meme is from the 1981 film, “Clash of the Titans.” 
Juong Choi (left).
The restaurant, located in a space in Seoul Plaza formerly occupied by a Honey Pig offshoot, also offers shrimp, lobster, blue crab, snow crab, burgers, fries, tater tots, and hush puppies. The seafood can be ordered boiled or fried. Chicken options include wings and fried chicken legs.

The owner, Juong Choi, who is also the property manager at Seoul Plaza, plans to add more menu items, such as mussels, clams, and salads. He’s also waiting for an ABC license before he opens a bar on the upper level. Currently, only the ground-floor level is open.

Release the Craycken is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.


  1. Fantastic, and just in time for Lent!

  2. Fantastic, Annandale is become the cuisine center of NOVA, even with that crappy City Diner with owners that live in Sterling.

  3. I can not wait to go very reasonably priced menu. The place looks great.

  4. yes if we could get rid of the diamond club and turn that place into something more beneficial to annandale, instead of a trash pit that it is now it would be tremendous for us all