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

Fast-casual Korean fare lands in 2018.

Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

After inking a big deal on Shark Tank, one of Austin’s favorite fast-casual eateries will soon make its way to Dallas.

Last month, the owner of Chi’Lantro appeared on the popular reality show for fledgling businesses, and scored a $600,000 deal with real estate investor Barbara Corcoran to expand outside of Austin. Back in November, the restaurant announced that it would open an outpost in Houston, and now a rep for Chi’Lantro tells Eater that the growing chain will make its way to Dallas by the end of 2018 if all goes according to plan.

Its name a play on “kimchi” and “cilantro,” Chi’Lantro first opened as a food truck in Austin, and has since expanded to multiple brick & mortar locations. The restaurant is known for its fresh & interesting take on classic Korean dishes, most notably the kimchi fries. Featuring caramelized kimchi, cheese, and “magic sauce,” these fries are definitely a welcome addition to Dallas’ fried potato scene.

Chi’Lantro hasn’t decided on any specific locations that they’re eyeing in Dallas as of yet, so stay tuned for more details on when this new spot will officially make its DFW debut.