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First Look: Japanese Style Fried Chicken Dinner and Drinks for 2 at the Brand New PONKO CHICKEN
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First Look: Japanese Style Fried Chicken Dinner and Drinks for 2 at the Brand New PONKO CHICKEN

This sleek, modern take on the “Eats meets West” fried chicken diner offers a comfortable place to relax whilst stuffing oneself with farm-fresh fried chicken. This is comfort food, taken to the next level. And, there is also a full wine and craft beer bar!

What To Expect

  • PONKO Basic Chicken Dinner for 2 (can substitute for Fried tofu if desired)
  • Choice of 4 regular sides
  • Choice of House Ponko Brew beer or house craft beverage for 2

Scout Notes

Enter PONKO CHICKEN, a sort of reinvented, revamped approach to everyone’s favorite: fried chicken! The sleek space, nestled just inside the perimeter of Chamblee, features a clean modern design with natural material sourced fixtures and bright white tile everywhere you look (we know, soooo perfect for that insta-slam shot). A wholesome, family-friendly vibe fills the place, which serves up farm-fresh chicken and a slew of Japan-meets-the-South inspired dishes. That being said, there's also a full bar. Yep, this is our kinda establishment!

The restaurant, which is brought to us by the magnetic Reiko Clark, opened just recently and is already a favorite place amongst fried chicken lovers and foodies alike. In fact, if we are being honest, the talented team behind Poke Burri are the ones who turned us on to PONKO CHICKEN. And thus, when you and a dining companion stop in for a meal- the local ingredients and “East Meets West” inspired dishes will be a welcome change from those greasy dishes of yester-yore. You'll each sit down to a freshly-fried plate of chicken tenders done the PONKO way.

What is the PONKO way you might ask? Well, besides the stellar vibes, friendly atmosphere, locally sourced ingredients and general bad-assness- the biggest reason to love PONKO might be that they use 100% Rice Bran Oil for frying. Never heard of Rice Bran Oil? Well check out what OrganicFacts has to say, "The health benefits of RICE BRAN OIL include its ability to help lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, prevent cancer, improve skin health, promote weight loss, relieve menopausal symptoms protect heart health, increase cognitive strength and lower allergic reactions."

Of course, one simply cannot have southern inspired food without a side or two, and PONKO certainly offers up quite a few mouth-watering options. Choices like PONKO style sweet potato fries, sweet sesame coleslaw and garden salads with wonton crisps mixed with local veggies may seem dizzying at first. But keep calm. Take a deep breath of that aroma-filled air. Once you've made your selections, you can sit back and enjoy your own grown-up beverage of beer or wine.

PONKO CHICKEN, true to their mission statement, is indeed connecting cultures and cultivating happiness one chicken tender at a time!

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