Dak! Chicken

Rainy days call for takeout and binging Ozark on Netflix, and I was on my way home from NoVa when I thought it prudent to stop and bring home something delicious. I ordered online but ended up sitting at the bar at Dak! in Shirlington while I waited for them to put my food together. It took a little longer than expected, but I appreciate the idea of having nice, warm food when I leave the restaurant.


I didn’t look at it until I got home. I’ll start with my husband’s bulgogi wrap:


It’s just a regular tortilla filled with meat, meat, and more meat. He ate half of this for dinner and was perfectly content. The beef had an excellent texture and wasn’t chewy at all. The predominant flavor came from a sweet sauce rather than spicy kimchi, although I could taste the spice when I munched on the kimchi individually. They didn’t skimp on the bulgogi meat in any way.

I thought I was going to be all healthy with the spicy grilled chicken salad and OH SWEET JESUS WHAT IS THIS?


Under all that chicken is a very larger amount of salad: crisp lettuce, juicy slices of tomato, the occasional crunchy piece of kimchi, and fried rice noodles, topped with approximately 1.5 chickens worth of sweet-hot meat. I ate like a third of this. A third of a salad. Think about that for a second.

I am forever grateful that I followed my gut feeling and deleted the dumplings I originally added to my online cart. I suspect I wouldn’t have even made a noticeable dent in the salad if I hadn’t. I might regret that I didn’t get their specialty Korean double-fried chicken, but life is too short for that, and they gave me too much food.

Price: $15 per person, $30 to feed an entire village.

Bottom line: Come hungry?

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