Famed Chicago chicken place doing Detroit pop-ups

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Chicago restaurant Honey Butter Fried Chicken will land in Detroit for two pop-up events next month.

The sustainable food concept, run by chefs and owners Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp will take over brunch service at Russell Street Deli (2465 Russell) on April 22. They’ll serve fried chicken sandwiches with candied jalapeno mayo and slaw as well as fried chicken with honey butter and bourbon maple syrup atop a Russell Street Deli waffle.

The food, along with Russell Street’s regular menu, will be available for dine in or carry out.

On April 23 things will get more involved as Honey Butter teams up with chef and owners of Grey Ghost (47 Watson) John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino for a collaborative five-course dinner.

Cikowski and Kulp will make their fried chicken strips with smoked paprika aioli and honey butter chips, as well as rossejat de fideos with shrimp, chorizo and honey roasted cauliflower. Vermiglio and Giacomino, who started their culinary careers in Chicago and opened Grey Ghost in Detroit in July, will make a tuna egg roll and a pork shoulder dish with cheese grits.

The April 23 dinner is at 5 p.m. and is $60 per person. Make a reservation by calling (313) 262-6534.

Located in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, Honey Butter Fried Chicken boasts locally-sourced, cage-free, antibiotic-free and hormone-free meat, and participates in the trend of including gratuity with the price of the meal and in turn paying employees a living wage.


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