Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Crisp

Our apartment location is excellent. It's easy for me to commute to school and for Schneider to get to work (Steve's kind of damned either way trying to get to the medical district). We also happen to be located near some prime shopping. Officially we're in Lincoln Park, but we're kind of in limbo between different neighborhoods. Have you ever heard of the Viagra Triangle? Well I propose that our part of town change its name to the Crate and Barrel Triangle (we're located right between Crate and Barrel, CB2, and Crate and Barrel Outlet, and they're all about a 3 minute walk away). Either way, we also happen to live pretty close to Jeff Schneider's favorite chicken restaurant, Marcello's. Jeff has really shaped up his eating habits, but earlier in the year, he and Steve would order in from there every other week or so. Well, a few weeks ago I came back to the apartment to find Jeff and his friends Yoni, Ryan, and Leonard sitting around in a post chicken food coma. When I asked where the food was delivered from (entirely expecting some remark like "where do you think"), Schneider exclaimed, "Crisp puts Marcello's to shame." From reading this, you may not realize the magnitude of the statement, but Schneider really loves Marcello's, so this is kind of a big deal.


I had to try Crisp for myself, and when Josh and Lonnie came over to watch the finale of Lost this weekend I had my chance. Located at 2940 N Broadway in Lakeview, this little place is cranking out some awesome chicken with a Korean flare. It's not just chicken either. Whether you're timid or adventurous, they've got something for you at Crisp.

Logistics
This is the first review I'm writing for something I've ordered in, so I'll make some comments about the delivery and what I've read it's like to eat in the restaurant. The delivery was done really quickly (35 minutes) and had a $3 service charge. It was delivered by bicycle which I thought was pretty cool, but one flaw was that some of the delicious sauce was all over the boxes of our individual meals. It made quite a mess, but nothing I couldn't clean up.

 Crisp's Interior

As far as the restaurant itself, it's one of those order at the counter places. You can sit yourself at either the counter seats or one of a few larger community tables. The prices in general are reasonable. Most dishes range between $7 and $10, and you get plenty of food.

It's also important that you specify how spicy you like things if that's a concern. They can make things pretty simple for those of you that wish, and for those others they can really light a fire. The menu also has lots of vegetarian friendly choices.

The Food
There are two major stars on the Crisp menu as far as I can tell, and we ordered both of them. Those two stars are the Chicken dishes and the Buddha Bowls. I ordered the half order of Crisp BBQ Chicken. It was really spicy, especially for the BBQ description. At first, I was surprised by the dishes appearance because each part of the half chicken had been separated, and I had expected to just see a half of a chicken. I really liked the sauce which is a good thing since it was heavily covering the chicken. There was also a nice crispy texture to the skin of the chicken while the inside was soft and juicy. Schneider ordered the Wacky Wacky Wings with the Seoul Sassy Sauce. If I was going to go back this is definitely what I'd order. The wings were really large, so you get lots of food for your money. I also loved this sauce. It was tangy and sweet with a little kick. I guess what I'd suggest doing is getting the wings (10 piece), and get half with the BBQ sauce and half with the Seoul Sassy. I would really consider myself to be a chicken wing connoisseur, and these were up there (not quite buff joe's good, but pretty darn good).

 Wacky Wacky Wings (half Seoul Sassy, half BBQ)

Josh and Lonnie each had an Original Bad Boy Buddha Bowl with Chicken. This was basically a bowl of various vegetables (corn, spinach, bean sprouts, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, cucumbers, and moo) and chicken, topped with a fried egg. You would think that all of these veggies would kind of mush together, but the texture remained various with the nicely sauteed spinach and the crunchy moo. The strongest flavor that came through, besides the spicy teriyaki style sauce called Gochujang (which you may want to ask for on the side to control yourself) was the moo. This Korean radish gave the dish a unique flavor, almost like kimchi. There was plenty to eat with this dish, especially with the hearty portion of rice that came with, although they did forget that Lonnie substituted the organic brown rice.

  The Original Bad Boy Buddha Bowl

Overall
For some it may seem that Crisp is just another chicken shack, but it's really so much more. Every sauce has an interesting Korean layer to it, and there's so much care placed into the texture of the food. The wings are really good too. As far as wings go, I guess these aren't the cheapest with a 10 piece order coming to $12, but they're pretty big wings. Logistically, it was really convenient and food wise there were no complaints. For take out chicken with a twist, you've got to try Crisp. I'm giving Crisp 3.5 out of 5 Pearls.


It should be noted that none of these pictures are actually my own. Because of our excitement to dive into the meal and the large amount of sauce, there was no feasible way to take pictures. I feel that these pictures are pretty equivalent to what we had and what you typically see on this site (it's not like I snagged someone's dslr pics). Also, I snagged a picture that will show a good interior view of the restaurant for those that are interested. I'm sorry about my over zealous appetite and promise more good pics to come next time.

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14 comments:

  1. Sir, if you are going to write a reputable blog then you should get your facts straight... We ate crisp the first time at YONI AND LENBAGS apt, I came home and told you about it.

    Also, if anyone associated with Marcellos is reading this, you're still number one in my heart/stomach.

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  2. Just to clear things up for those that may be confused. I guess Schneider (the Jeff who commented above) had eaten it twice before I had a chance to order it. I'm recalling his second time and called it his first. Sorry for any confusion.

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  3. Father and Son both already know about this Schneider. And they're not happy.

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