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 (, 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 (