If you’re looking for some some chicken and beer look no further than Dakgogi. Its only 5-10 minutes drive from Sheppard station in North York. There are some other ones, but I’ve been here more than 5 times and it’s consistently good. Also helps that the owner is super friendly! More on that below.
You’d probably never guess but Korean styled fried chicken is quite a contender in the chicken space. Even the basic fried chicken, without sauces, has a unique taste. Most places don’t even do this right but add a little seasoning and we have perfection. Its the small details that count. It gives it just enough flavor without the feeling of being overloaded with salt.
The full chicken combo is by far the best choice. Its also the safest if its your first time. At $34 you get chicken enough to feed three and a pitcher of beer. In Korean you can ask your friend if they want to go for 치맥(chee-mek) which is just short for 치킨 맥주 (chicken and beer).
Getting a little creative, you can add sauce directly on the chicken, on half of the chicken, or on the side. 양념(yang-nyeom) Sauce is my favorite, with a close second for garlic or soy sauce. Its spicy, and a little sweet. Choose medium or you might die, for real. If you like teriyaki sauce you’ll like the soy option.
The owner was kind enough to let us try the Kimchi Fries, probably in response to seeing the Korean Cowboy review. I said it before, but I’ve changed and handed the crown to Dakgogi. These are the best I’ve had. With real egg, that’s real protein while getting some real yum.
The place itself is located in an ideal spot. It has parking in the back, enough for three cars, but if it gets full then street parking is only until 10pm. Go a little further to where the condos are being developed and you’ll pass for free after 9pm.
Inside is your typical bar scene, a good mix of booths and tables. The real magic is in the back patio. During the summer my friend and I sat here, made friendly talk with the waiter, and reminisced of Korea. The patio has a homey feel with dimly lit lights in a comfortable space. Away from the street we could actually hear ourselves talk.
Dakgogi gets busy on Fridays and the weekend so you’ll need to get in early to beat the crowd.