Korean-Mexican fusion empire Chi’lantro is growing with its sixth location set for Mueller. The new fast-casual restaurant will be found on 1201 Barbara Jordan Boulevard sometime in December. It took over local pho chain PhoNatic's location at the address.
Founder Jae Kim received a $600,000 investment during his third appearance on Shark Tank last fall. He’s using that money to bring Chi’lantro into Houston and Dallas, though there are no set addresses for those restaurants yet.
The Mueller menu will be similar to Chi’lantro’s Domain and South Shore/East Riverside locations, which means rice and noodle bowls, tacos, and salads with mix-ins like beef ribeye, spicy chicken, marinated tofu, and grilled vegetables. Plus there are those lauded kimchi fries and Korean fried chicken wings.
Chi’lantro’s Mueller location will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. There are already Chi’lantros in the Domain, Allandale, downtown, South Lamar, and East Riverside.
Chi'lantro began as a food truck in 2010, known immediately for its kimchi fries. It quickly grew with five brick and mortar restaurants across the city, catering service, and homemade kimchi production facility.