Korean Rice Dog Restaurant Plans to Open in Crystal City Next Month, Ballston in March | ARLnow


It might be another month or two before Korean rice dog restaurant Oh K-Dog and Egg Toast opens in Arlington.

In November, we reported that the fast-casual franchise was set to open two new locations in Arlington, one in Crystal City and one in Ballston, possibly as early as December as part of the franchise’s nationwide expansion.

However, it appears the opening of both locations is now delayed, spokespersons for the restaurant told ARLnow.

The Crystal City location at 509 23rd Street S is now targeting a mid-February opening while the Ballston Quarter location at 4238 Wilson Blvd is eyeing March.

ARLnow asked about the reasons for the delay, but did not get a response to that request as of press time.

Crystal City Restaurant moves into the space once occupied by Taj of India and into the neighborhood’s row of restaurants. Last month, a major fire caused nearly $2 million in damage to nearby restaurants. It’s still unclear if this had any impact on the opening of Oh K-Dog and Egg Toast there.

The Ballston neighborhood location takes over the lower level stand that used to be the Mi & Yu Noodle Bar, which closed about a year ago.

Korean rice dogs are comparable to corn dogs, but more elaborate. The deep-fried treat is very popular in South Korea and also attracts fans in the United States.

“Unlike a typical hot dog, we specialize in using a stick to fry our signature item until golden brown,” says the Oh K-Dog website. “It’s the perfect snack filled with your choice of mozzarella cheese, squid ink, rice cake, potatoes and more.”

Oh K-Dog and Egg Toast will also serve egg toast, another Korean specialty reminiscent of an egg sandwich breakfast.

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