Ashwood, Which Replaced the Awesome Bonchon, Is Not Awesome

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Ashwood's namesake burger boasts pickled peppers.
If you've been missing Bonchon, you might want to let that lament go; no trace of the excellent Korean-fried chicken joint remains. Bonchon closed about three weeks ago, after a short-lived existence on Greenville Avenue. The owners said revenue hadn't been what they expected.

For their new concept, they gave the face a minimal face-lift. The greasy sheen that was ever-present on the floor during the Bonchon days is gone, and some brick work has been added behind the bar. There's a patio space now, complete with two sets of cornhole decks but hardly enough room for anyone to use them. They face each other in a bed of mulch, maybe 20 feet apart from each other and tightly packed side-to-side.

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Chicken wings in hot and medium. Wish some "south of hell" sauce on the side.
Inside, the layout hasn't changed at all, and the same booths and tables remain. The wide-screen TVs hanging in every direction are still there, too, but the menu has received a complete overhaul.

Appetizers include the El Diablo, which are chicken fingers stuffed with cheese and jalapeños and wrapped in bacon. There are chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, chips and queso and if you're feeling it, chips served with all three at once.

Ashwood serves a number of burgers that are just shy of a half-pound. The beef is not ground on site and the patties are pretty tightly packed, so be warned -- these burgers won't flood your plate when you take that first bite. They come topped with everything from jalapeños (there are a lot of jalapeños) to blue cheese sauce to onion strings.

As for the wings, I find it hard to contain my sadness. When I talked to Wyatt Hurt, a consultant that was helping to rework the place, he mentioned the Korean-fried wings were going to remain. They might change a little (Bonchon is no longer affiliated) but they'd be close, he told me.

They aren't close at all.

The wings are now your standard, Buffalo-style rendition, available doused in a number of different sauces. I tried them in medium and hot and got a small cup of "south of hell" on the side. The hottest has some kick but it won't torch you. They're also served with celery and baby carrots. It's nice to have another sports bar, I guess, but I found the original Bonchon infinitely more compelling.

Location Info

Bonchon Chicken - CLOSED

5500 Greenville Ave, Dallas / Fort Worth, TX

Category: Restaurant


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tiana.aldora
tiana.aldora

"Jalapeños are the Only Spice" is what I am renaming the Ashwood Bar & Kitchen. The chicken tenders are sizable and the mango habanero sauce that accompanied them on my plate wasn't bad. However, I would have been much happier if my dinner had included a carrot, celery stick, or anything else really. My husband, a man who orders a cone of cheese for a meal found the side salad had too much lactose next to his flaccid burger. What is this place? Casual dining? No. Fast food? The service was excellent, but the cushion-less chairs indicate that they don't want people sticking around. The walls covered with TVs indicate it might be a sports bar. Meals are served on metal trays which would come in handy if a fight breaks out in this food prison. If I grew some huevos, became a meatatarian and wanted to take another man on a lunch date this would be the place. Until that fateful day, Sweet Tomatoes is right next door. 

gabe48
gabe48

For a great burger in Dallas, go to Snuffers, Peak Wood Fired Grill, or Liberty Burger,  they will all cook your burger "to order".

mvining1
mvining1

Bonchon will be missed, but Ashwood menu and atmosphere pretty good. Beer selection and tv viewing is excellent. Wait staff keeps you waiting, but bartenders are responsive. It's not Hillstone, but it's not supposed to be, it's a neighborhood bar and so my wife and I will be back.

JustAnOpinion
JustAnOpinion

Ate at Ashwood last Friday during lunch with a coworker. She knew it was previously Bonchon. I did not and had never been but we decided to try Ashwood. Waiter said they'd been open a week but that must've been for training as they officially opened up last Thursday.  Anyway, I probably won't be going back as there are other options that are better and closer to my work.

I ordered the Black & Bleu medium with a side of onion rings. My friend ordered the Cowboy Burger with a side of fries. She thought the Cowboy Burger was good enough but wasn't wowed. The Black & Bleu was okay as well but the bleu was way too runny. I felt like it came out of a bottle like salad dressing. I bit into the burger and it all squirted out on my plate so then it became just The Black. I guess that's why they called it bleu SAUCE.  It tasted good enough but dipping my burger into the runny cheese to have it with my burger was not ideal. The onion rings were large, well deep fried and crispy without the spicy or peppery flavoring other places use--which was a plus as I don't prefer the peppery flavoring. The fries were laughable, bigger than Smashburger's but less tasty and overall less appealing. If it were my restaurant, I'd be embarrassed to serve those.  Visually, they kind of looked like boiled and browned earth worms to me.

My total bill with a soda was $12.99 and I tipped $3.01 even though our waiter really didn't do much...think of Genghis Grill "waitstaff."  And it's an OCD thing to have to end in $.00.  It makes the checking register easier to balance.

All in all, the burger and rings weren't too bad but Digg's Taco Shop makes a tasty Hamburguesa for $5.50 and it's closer to my work.  A side of okay-fries-but-better-than-Ashwood is also available for around $2.00.

Funny thing is the tab cleared my bank as Bonchon.

Mervis
Mervis

Another great map.

TexMarine
TexMarine

This will not stand! #justiceforbonchon

Greg820
Greg820

BonChon's actual chicken was very good, but everything else--sides, atmosphere, service, were very lacking. 

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