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Chicken Seven is serving Korean fried chicken and street snacks in south St. Louis

Chicken Seven is serving Korean fried chicken and street snacks in south St. Louis

Korean fried chicken has arrived in south St. Louis. Chicken Seven debuted on July 23 in the Carondelet neighborhood, featuring crispy fried chicken and Korean street food-style snacks such as corn dogs, donuts and more.

The casual concept comes from husband-and-wife duo Sean Lee and Erica Park – who run day-to-day operations – in partnership with co-owner Victor Jang of Wudon Korean BBQ and BoB.Q. The couple came to St. Louis by way of San Antonio, Texas, where Lee worked as a sushi chef, to set up shop in the approximately 1,600-square-foot standalone building. 

With Chicken Seven, Lee and Park hope to introduce Korean fried chicken, with seven house sauces, to the area. After visiting popular eateries in New York City, where they previously resided, the duo decided to go with two particular cuts of chicken that yielded the crispiest results for their own recipes: drumsticks and boneless chicken breast, marinated overnight in 10 spices.

According to Park, the drumsticks get their signature crunch from a thin batter made with a base of flour and cornstarch that is fried for 20 to 25 minutes. The chicken is then brushed with your choice of sauce; choose from soy-garlic, spicy soy-garlic, yumyum (a traditional Korean pepper sauce), fresh pepper garlic, honey-garlic and Buffalo.

“Munchies” on the menu include options such as takoyaki, cheese-enrobed potstickers, Korean corn dogs and sotteok sotteok – skewered sausage and rice cakes. Hot dishes include chi-bap (boneless chicken with rice), ra-bap (Korean egg fried rice) and tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes in a Korean pepper sauce). Newer items being introduced to the menu include army stew, hot ramen, kimchi and donuts filled with pumpkin or red bean.

Going forward, Chicken Seven will feature catering packages such as a build-your-own boneless chicken wrap platter, complete with fried chicken, tortillas, fries, tteokbokki and fix-ins such as corn slaw, sliced peppers and cheese. The couple also hopes to obtain a liquor license for the bar and offer beer, soju and soju cocktails.

Chicken Seven is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm and 4 to 9pm, as well as Sunday from 1 to 8pm.

Chicken Seven, 6312 S. Grand Blvd., Carondolet, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.354.6349,


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