When we review a new restaurant, we typically start by telling you about the atmosphere, about the interiors, about the owners and their vision and the restaurant concept. All the background stuff so you can start to imagine what it’s like to eat here. I will get to that eventually, but, quite honestly, my mind has been so preoccupied by one dish that I urgently have to tell you about it before I get to anything else. That dish is the fried chicken sandwich with kimchi at Best of Luck Beer Hall.
I’m a sandwich fiend, and I have a deep, deep love of fried chicken, so I’m kind of biased. But even without those considerations, this is objectively amazing. Perfectly crispy juicy fried chicken is topped with kicky chili aioli, saving each bite from the dryness that normally plagues fried chicken sandos. Funky kimchi adds a spicy crunch, and cilantro brings a fresh herbaceous touch. (Pro tip: An insider with a hot sauce habit says you can order it “spicy” for even more intense heat.) All of it is sandwiched between chewy ciabatta buns. In short, make sure you order this, or at least try a bite (or several) of someone else’s.
If you can ever take your eyes off the sandwich—it’s hard, I know—you might notice some of the elements at Best of Luck that draw in crowds. Tucked behind Zayka Indian Cuisine off of Jefferson Avenue, this beer hall is more like a neighborhood block party tucked inside a downtown rabbit hole. Arcade games are scattered around the concrete floor, flanking long tables that encourage mingling. Facades of houses line the walls, and a faux-turf game yard sits in the center, drawing the eye to the sleek white bar.