BonChon (CLOSED)

Updated: Jun 11, 2020

<Updates: Bonchon has now closed>

We at Korean Connection would like everyone to experience Korean food. Grand Rapids has a quickly growing Korean dining scene. If you are a Korean cuisine aficionado looking for authentic tastes, or seeking a good first experience, we would like to offer our advice on making your experience exceptional.


We will start our local Korean food journey with BonChon (bonchon.com/grand-rapids-mi, 2321 East Beltline Ave NE, Ste F, Grand Rapids, MI.) Since its opening in late August, we have collectively visited BonChon a dozen times, both for take-out and dining in. Although most identified with fried chicken, BonChon features a diverse menu of Korean, Japanese, and fusion dishes, including lunch-friendly items like Korean tacos, pork buns (Japanese Hirata pork belly in a bun) and chicken wraps. Four items are labeled as “authentic” Korean: bulgogi, bibimbap, japchae, and fried rice. We were surprised to find the bar has a very respectable selection of beers, wines, and mixed drinks, including some popular Korean beverages, Jinro soju and Hite beer, which are otherwise hard to find in Grand Rapids.


BonChon is a franchise restaurant specializing in Korean-style fried chicken. Fried chicken was introduced to Korea in the 1950’s, because it was a favorite of American GIs. Over time, it gained distinct Korean interpretations, usually involving twice-frying to make it extra crispy, and then painting it with a sweet and spicy sauce or sweet and savory sauce. There are now many independent and chain fried chicken restaurants in Korea. BonChon (