Chi’Lantro BBQ started as a fusion food truck in the streets of Austin, Texas. Serving a wicked blend of Kimchi Fries, Korean BBQ-inspired bowls, and more, the food truck biz would win over local eaters to warrant an expansion to a fleet of food trucks and three fast casual restaurants, including a brick-and-mortar in Houston.
Amid its success, Chi’Lantro BBQ founder, Jae Kim. would go on to make an appearance on Shark Tank seeking an investment to drive the growth of his business. After illustrating his vision, previous success, and the tastiness of his product, Kim would land a $600 thousand investment from Barbara Corcoran – and the hearts of the three other sharks.
The fast casual restaurant business specializes in Korean BBQ bowls. At Chi’Lantro customers can build their own Korean BBQ bowl (or SSAM). Much like a Chipotle, or even a Subway, customers can choose from different bases (rices, noodles, fries), proteins (Korean BBQ Steak, K’pop Chicken, Spicy Pork), hot toppings (Chi’Jeu Queso, grilled veggies, caramelized kimchi), and fresh veggies & toppings (pickled veggies, kimchi, carrot).
Alternatively, customers can choose from a variety of fantastic pre-made bowls “curated by rice bowl experts”. Choices include the B’Bimbap which includes the customer’s choice of Korean BBQ, jasmine or brown rice, grilled corn, kimchi, cilantro, gangnam sauce, and other goodness.
Chi’Lantro is also the self-acclaimed “home of the original Kimchi fries”. The award-winning dish features fries, caramelized kimchi, shredded cheese, onion, cilantro, magic sauce, Sriracha, and sesame seeds.
Salads, sides, and Kids’ menu options are also available.
Chi’Lantro is now open at 1324 North Shepherd Drive in The Heights from 10:30 am to 10 pm daily.