Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken is Coming to Detroit in April to Pop Up

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It seems like Detroit has been attracting a lot of chefs from Chicago lately between Maccabees Traders, Voyager, and Thomas Lent from the Foundation Hotel. 

There are two more chefs coming over from the Windy City in April to do a pop up – and as we all know, pop ups can sometimes be forerunners of something more lasting.

Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp, the chef/owners of Honey Butter Fried Chicken will be coming to Detroit for a weekend of pop ups at Russell Street Deli and Grey Ghost.

The first pop up will be on Saturday, April 22 at Russell Street Deli in Eastern Market. Cikowski and Kulp will take over the menu for brunch.

The menu will include their O.G. Fried Chicken Sandwich (fried chicken, candied jalapeño mayo, and crunchy slaw served on a buttery bun) and Chicken and Waffles (Honey Butter fried chicken with honey butter and bourbon maple syrup served on a Russell Street Deli Waffle). If you’re still in the mood for Russell Street Deli’s regular menu it will still be available.

If you’re worried about getting into Russell Street Deli on a Saturday morning as it can be quite hectic, they are offering dine in or carry out service.

The second pop up will be on Sunday, April 23 at Grey Ghost. Cikowski and Kulp have collaborated with Grey Ghost’s Chef/Owners John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino to create a special five course menu.

The menu for pop up number two includes Chef Cikowski and Kulp’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken Strips with smoked paprika aioli and honey butter chips, and Rossejat de Fideos with shrimp, chorizo, honey roasted cauliflower, and garlic allioli. Chefs Vermiglio and Giacomino’s courses include a Tuna Egg Roll with wasabi peas, jalapeno jam, and cured egg yolk, and Pork Shoulder with bacon cure, asparagus maque choux, and cheese grits.

The Grey Ghost pop up will start at 5:00 p.m. on April 23 and will set you back $60 per person. You can call (313) 262-6534 for reservations. 

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