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Korean spot open in old Franklin Pizza and Pasta spot in Chapel Hill

Anyone know about this place? Do they do Korean Fried Chicken and if so do they do a good job?

Korchipi Korean Chicken & Pizza

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  1. I was just there around noon. They're trying to open by the end of this month. Of course they'll have Korean chicken. The owner said they'd have some other Korean dishes and noraebang in the back. I forgot to ask if they'd put corn on all the pizza whether or not you ordered it or if there would be bulgogi or potato options.

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    1. re: clave_azul

      When I was in Japan in the '90's I came across the corn on pizza thing. It was automatic on every pie and never listed on the menu. Struck me as odd at the time but I liked it more than I would have anticipated!

      1. re: clave_azul

        Potato pizza is actually and old sicilian item. It is hard to find places around here that put sliced potato on pizzas but it is really good.

        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

          Genovese pizza has pesto and very thinly sliced potatoes. Absolutely delicious. I haven't seen it in the area either.

          1. re: LulusMom

            Yes, thinly sliced is what I saw online. I've never had that. In Korea, they used wedge-cut potatoes.

            1. re: LulusMom

              Lilly's has a pizza with potato on it and Pops Backdoor use to but they stopped making. The one I like the best is home made via Peter Reinhart if you google Reinhart and potato focaccia.

        2. First I've heard of it. Going to try Bart's Old North State barbecue on Henderson St. tonight. Will report on it soon after. Apparently they've been operating out of the Rec Room for about 5 months now but I heard about them only recently. Happy to see mom and pop places opening in downtown Chapel Hill and not just chains, although I see Mellow Mushroom is going in where Ham's used to be. But as chains go, I like Mellow Mushroom.

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          1. re: bbqme

            I met the Bart behind Bart's Old North State BBQ last year when he was at Southern Season hocking his bottled sauce. It was a nice mix of Eastern style and Western Style in one bottle but didn't know he was looking to open his own place.

          2. wow, did I miss that! Exciting.. what's Korean pizza like? Do you think they'll have any veg dishes...

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            1. re: Rory

              The owner didn't say if it would be Korean-style pizza. I should have asked him. Mostly, I don't have very good memories about Korean pizza except for the bulgogi and potato versions. I had to learn how to say "more sauce" and "without corn" in Korean. Most local pizza joints put almost no tomato sauce on the pizza. Most places insisted on throwing corn all over your pizza as well. I imagine that the pizza will be mostly American style, unless they do decide to bring the bulgogi. I don't know if potato-topped pizzas would go over as well, but I really liked them.

            2. I forgot to say that they'll also be making a few other Korean dishes. And I wasn't joking about the noraebang!

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              1. re: clave_azul

                I just read about korean fried chicken and it sounds delicious, am excited about the other dishes. Thanks for explaining about Korean pizza, I think I'd like it:)

                1. re: clave_azul

                  What is noraebang (though of course I could just google it)?

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Oh boy. So ... what will you be singing? ; )

                      1. re: LulusMom

                        Admittedly.. Elvis is my first go to.. then who knows.

                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                          We'll try to get some beer into you, see what we can come up with.

                  2. my dad says they have their menu posted out front; I'm dying to check it out.

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                    1. re: Rory

                      I went by on the bus and noticed it looked like it was on its way to completion. Maybe the owner told me the end of the month because of permits and such.

                      1. re: clave_azul

                        clave_azul I peered in the window Monday and it looks just about done, just like you said. I think it may open earlier. Arg I'm going to Helsinki & Estonia next week so if it opens, tell me all about it please!

                        1. re: Rory

                          Tell US about Helsinki and Estonia. That sounds incredible.

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            okay LM I'm up for elk meatballs but wild boar and blood sausage is kinda beyond my comfort level so I may not have exciting tales to tell:)

                            1. re: Rory

                              Husband went to Helsinki once - I think the thing to do is try to take in stuff like the architecture. Plus there is an amazing cemetery there - I'm sure the locals will know which one. Some find it weird, but they can be interesting and beautiful.

                              1. re: LulusMom

                                My dearest friend is Finnish and lives there, so we're going to Havis the finest seafood restaurant, then I'll probably go to Cafe Ekberg, I adore visiting cemetaries, spent ages in the Parisian one. Don't know what I'll be having in Estonia.