Ponko Chicken’s sandwich meal can be ordered with choice of protein and side; here the sandwich is made with chicken breast and served with a side of fries. CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL BROCK
Photo: For the AJC
Photo: For the AJC

Marietta Square Market adding Ponko Chicken to its lineup

“Amer-Asian” chicken is coming to Marietta Square Market this fall.

Ponko Chicken is slated to open in the food hall this September, with work on its space underway. 

This will be Ponko’s third location. Sisters Reiko Clark and Maggie Antoine opened the Chamblee location in 2017 after previously operating now-shuttered Stone Mountain eatery Food Ease, where they first developed a following for their panko-crusted, sweet-soy-sauce-drizzled chicken tenders. A second location opened in Midtown earlier this year. 

The AJC gets an advance tour of the new Marietta Square Market, located within in walking distance of the Marietta Square. Video by Ryon Horne, Yvonne Zusel/AJC)

In a 2018 review of Ponko, AJC food writer Wendell Brock wrote, “Paired with fries, slaw, rice, potato salad and other sides, most with a vaguely Asian accent, Ponko is a noteworthy alternative to Chick-fil-A or Zaxby’s. The Ponko style can be experienced in a variety of iterations: chicken or tofu tenders; vegan, vegetarian or chicken cutlets; salads topped with any of the above; sandwiches.”

Ponko will join 16 other restaurants in Marietta Square Market, including Mexican spot Street Taco, Korean build-a-bowl stall BullGogi, Cajun eatery Just Loaf’n and Four Fat Cows ice cream shop. Bowl and smoothie eatery Pulp Addiction will take over the trolley at the front of the hall this year.

Marietta Square Market is also home to two retail businesses. 


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