If you’re craving Korean fried chicken in St. Louis, there’s only one name you need to know: Kimchi Guys. We say St. Louis started here on Laclede’s Landing, but Korean fried chicken in downtown St. Louis started at Kimchi Guys.
Kimchi Guys prides itself on one thing above all else—bringing Korean fried chicken to downtown St. Louis. The concept of fried chicken was introduced to Koreans in the 1950s and quickly became a cultural staple. Since then, Korean fried chicken, affectionately known as “the other KFC,” has become a favorite in Korea, across the United States, and now in St. Louis.
After starting Drunken Fish in 2003 and making sushi mainstream throughout the Midwest, Munsok So recognized a similar opportunity with Korean fried chicken. He opened Kimchi Guys on Laclede’s Landing to bring Korean fried chicken to St. Louis in early 2019. Since opening, Kimchi Guys has continued to expand its options with a broad range of Korean-centric menu items in a fast-casual environment.
On top of being the first and best place to find authentic Korean fried chicken in St. Louis, here’s what else people love about Kimchi Guys:
- Diverse menu options: While Kimchi Guys is known for fried chicken, the restaurant offers enough options to keep everyone happy, including Korean-inspired burritos (“Kurritos”), tacos, quesadillas, sandwiches, and bibimbap bowls.
- Steps from the Arch: Kimchi Guys is one of the most popular restaurants near the St. Louis Arch. When you step outside the restaurant, you only have to walk a few steps to see the Arch in the distance.
- Fast-casual feel: While Laclede’s Landing offers a diverse range of restaurants to choose from, the fast-casual feel of Kimchi Guys is perfect for a delicious lunch or a quick dinner.
If you haven’t yet experienced the future of fried chicken, that’s reason enough to come down to Laclede’s Landing and grab a bite at Kimchi Guys. But if you’re looking for another reason, we can help you find a few more. Take a look at a few sample itineraries or discover what else there is to do on the Landing.