OS Reviews: Tasty K Korean Fried Chicken
Tasty K has finally opened its bright blue doors.
Located at 325 E. Calder Way, Tasty K takes it back to the basics with its one-option menu. Each Tasty K box comes with Korean fried chicken, crinkle-cut fries, and its “special sauce.” Customers can purchase one box for $14.50 or two boxes for $25.50.
A few hungry staffers made their way over to see if Tasty K was worth the wait.
Such good chicken! I’m glad Tasty K opened up because State College was needing a good fried chicken place in town. The shop is so cute with an adorable photo wall and big windows.
Now for the chicken. It was dark meat chicken with a great crunch. My favorite thing about the chicken was that each piece would have a different crunch-to-meat ratio. The fries were crispy on the outside, but soft and warm on the outside. Also, the portion size was crazy, and I could barely finish half. I’ll definitely be going back.
Long story short, I think Tasty K was OK. The shop itself is very cute. Obviously, because it’s new, it could use more decor and seating. Regardless, the place was very clean, smelled nice, and even had a grass wall with a neon sign for aesthetic pictures.
The packaging is super cute, from the bag with the chicken to the smiley face box. The side sauce also came in a heavier travel cup, which I do want to give points for as it seems less flimsy than the standard to-go sauce cup.
The chicken, unfortunately, is where Tasty K lost me. As just a disclaimer, I’m not a fan of dark meat and I’m also picky about my fried chicken, so that might be the cause of my review. The meat was a mix of dark and white meat, something I wasn’t expecting. In general, the chicken was super oily and left a weird feeling in my stomach. It could’ve just been an unlucky batch, but every first bite I took into a new nugget was either fatty or weirdly chewy.
The sauce that pairs with the chicken was a sort of spicy sweet-and-sour sauce and, personally, wasn’t my taste. Without the sauce, the chicken was on the bland side as the breading seemed more mild. The winner, in my opinion, were the crinkle fries. They were well-seasoned and had a nice crunch that helped soak up the oily chicken.
I honestly am disappointed. I’m genuinely excited for good food and hate leaving less-than-stellar reviews. I really enjoy supporting small businesses but with the mid-level prices and so-so food, I’ll probably end up going to Raising Cane’s instead.
This is some solid chicken. It’s not Chick-fil-A or anything, but it’s pretty good. I ordered the “tasty” size box, and it was quick and easy to order online.
The food was ready in about 20 minutes and a very nice lady handed me my food. When I opened the box, it was full of crispy chicken, crinkle-cut fries, and a side of sauce. First, I tried the chicken, and I was relatively impressed. I liked the breading on it, and it was crispy and juicy as well. To me, it’s the kind of chicken that doesn’t need any sauce with it.
The fries were just like normal crinkle-cut fries. Nothing special there. Now that sauce that Tasty K gives you is interesting. I have no idea what it is, but I have never had anything like that sauce. It’s kind of hard to explain, so bear with me here… it tasted kind of sweet, tangy, and garlicky if that makes any sense.
Overall, for the amount of food you get and the quality of food, $14.50 is a little overpriced. I give it a 6.8 out of 10.
After the incredible customer service I received on the way to pick up our meals, I was so excited to dig in. Let’s start with the fries: divine, crispy, crunchy, and soft on the inside. What more could you want? I think Tasty K has some of the best fries in State College, and they pair perfectly with their incredible sauce.
As for the chicken, it was nothing short of amazing. The taste is hard to describe, but it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. The portion sizing is great, too! Because Tasty K only has one menu option, you’ll end up spending about $15 for a box of fries and chicken.
However, you receive so much food in your meal that it makes it worth it — I was only able to finish a third of it! Overall, I had a great experience and meal and will definitely be back again.
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