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A Massive Korean Fried Chicken Chain Will Open in Katy

BB.Q Chicken fries its yardbird in olive oil, which allegedly makes it healthier

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BB.Q Chicken, a Korean fried chicken chain with hundreds of locations across the globe, will soon open an outpost in Katy.

Permits filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission indicate that it will open at 1519 South Mason Road in Katy, and tax filings with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts confirm that address. The new location joins more than a thousand locations across the globe, including restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Boston, and New York City. Founded in 1995 in Korea, the chain is known for its crispy chicken that’s fried in olive oil, which it claims makes for a crispier, healthier product. After it’s fried, the chicken can be served straight-up, or tossed in spicy or honey-garlic sauce.

The “BB.Q” in the restaurant’s name doesn’t stand for barbecue, it means “best of the best quality.” In addition to its famous fried chicken, BB.Q also serves Korean favorites like tteokbokki (chewy rice cakes in a spicy sauce), budae jjigae (also known as Korean Army stew, made with kimchi, sausage, ham, rice cake, and ramen noodles). and a bounty of fusion dishes including kimchi-spiked fried arancini balls and bulgogi-topped poutine.

Eater has reached out to BB.Q Chicken for more details on when it will debut in Katy. Stay tuned for an opening date, which will likely come in late December or early next year.