Soo Cafe reopens in North Raleigh

02/25/2014 11:14 AM

02/25/2014 11:15 AM

Soo Cafe, which had to vacate its original location on Hillsborough Street late last year because the building was scheduled for demolition, has found a new home in North Raleigh. Located just off Capital Boulevard in Stonybrook Shopping Center (in the space that for many years housed Fortune Palace), the new digs are much roomier.

But the Korean menu remains substantially unchanged. That includes the Korean style fried chicken that had won a cult-like following at the original location.

Asked what makes her chicken so special, owner Kyong Ko explains that she only uses fresh chicken, never frozen; and that she cooks it to order. As noted on the menu, cooking time is about 15 minutes - and it’s well worth the wait.

“We also use 28 seasonings,” she says, “but I can’t tell you what they are.”

In addition to Korean fried chicken, which comes with your choice of traditional dipping sauce (soy-garlic is most popular), the offering includes the classic bibimbap, a handful of noodle soups and ssam (lettuce wraps), and a half dozen variations on the Korean barbecue theme (including the locally hard-to-find black pork belly).

Soo Cafe (2815 Brentwood Road, Raleigh; 919-876-1969) is open for lunch Monday-Saturday, and dinner nightly (4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays). Pending approval of the license Ko has just submitted, beer and wine will be served.

Greg Cox, the longtime restaurant critic for the N&O, also covers restaurant news. Tune in to hear his radio show at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WPTF. He can be reached at

About Mouthful

This blog's focus is all things food in the Triangle: where to dine, where to shop, what to eat, what to cook. Food writer Andrea Weigl maintains this blog.

Join the Discussion

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service