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Austin’s Chi’Lantro Is Bringing Its Kimchi Fries To Houston

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The chain just inked a massive deal with a Shark Tank investor

These kimchi fries are, apparently, the truth.
Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

After a successful appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, popular Austin Korean spot Chi’Lantro is headed to Houston.

Announced via release, the restaurant scored a $600,000 investment from Shark Tank investor Barbara Corcoran, and as such, are plotting a big expansion outside of Austin. Houston is the next market that will get to enjoy the “Korean BBQ-inspired” concept, which currently operates four locations in Austin.

A representative for Chi’Lantro (the name, by the way, is a play on “kimchi” and “cilantro”) tells Eater that the expansion is in the very earliest of planning stages — no opening timeline is in place just yet, and no leases have been signed. The rep was also mum on any potential neighborhoods Chi’Lantro might be looking at for their big move.

According to Eater Austin, Chi’Lantro’s kimchi fries are definitely something to get excited about. The fries are topped with your choice of protein, “caramelized kimchi,” cheese, sriracha, and cilantro before being drizzled with a magic sauce. Even better, Chi’Lantro makes its own kimchi in a specialized facility created just for the fermented delicacy.

Stay tuned for more details on when you’ll be able to get your hands on those fries.