Eater DC: Game Changer of the Year

Chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee appear to be having the time of their lives. They wear the same welcoming smiles captured in the photo above when one sees them at their new Barracks Row eatery, Chiko, the flagship restaurant the Source alum and Mandu co-founder (respectively) brought into being earlier this year with fellow Fried Rice Collective principal Drew Kim. While some remain fixated on categorizing the predominantly Chinese and Korean dishes (Is it fusion? Authentic? All of the above?) what’s not up for debate is that enjoying amazing, budget-friendly food in a relaxed atmosphere is what Washingtonians want more of. Might others attempt to replicate a restaurant that features award-winning chefs spinning out brisket-topped noodle dishes, fried rice with smoked seafood, and zesty avocado salads? Let’ em try.