6 New Metro Detroit Restaurants and Bars to Check Out

Fried chicken sandwiches, natural wines, and gelato are just a few new things to try this winter
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New Metro Detroit Restaurant Bonchon serves up items like fried Korean chicken sandwiches. // Photograph courtesy of Thanin Photo

Craving something new? Here are six recently opened metro Detroit restaurants and bars that are worth a visit.


A popular international chain featuring crispy double-fried Korean chicken recently landed in metro Detroit. Founded in South Korea in 2002 before coming to the United States in 2006, Bonchon (Korean for “my hometown”) opened in Farmington Hills in late December with a second local spot in the works. The chicken is hand-battered and double brushed with your choice of soy garlic or spicy sauce. The menu also features several Korean favorites like japchae and more inspired options like Korean tacos. Bonchon, 27915 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills; 947-366-0002; bonchon.com


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An all-day eatery with French toast, omelets, and salads on the “before dinner” menu and barramundi, burgers, and cocktails offered in the evening, this new Royal Oak spot aims to become a community staple. It took over the former Niki’s Restaurant space. Beppe, 703 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-607-7030; eatbeppe.com

Ladder 4

The latest venture from James Cadariu — attorney, cheese maker, natural wine advocate — Ladder 4 officially opened its doors in early February. The firehouse, which was built in 1910, has been lovingly and thoughtfully restored with impeccable attention to detail. It’s now home to a wine bar and shop, boasting more than 200 bottles and highlighting acid-driven natural wines. If you love to linger at a table with a glass of wine and good friends, this is the place for you. Ladder 4, 3396 Vinewood St., Detroit; ladder4winebar.com

Momento Gelato

Gelateria and cafe Momento Gelato opened on Jan. 5, bringing scratch-made gelato and espresso to Corktown. Founder Tom Isaia is no stranger to business: He opened beloved Ann Arbor staple The Blind Pig in 1975 and then Plymouth-based Coffee Express Roasting Co. before moving on to gelato with Momento Gelato, which creates flavors ranging from traditional like vanilla bean and pistachio to more creative combinations like lemon custard and coffee chocolate stracciatella. The specialty is the affogato: gelato with a shot of espresso poured on top. An ice cream shop opening in the winter? That’s what the heated patio is for. Momento Gelato, 2120 Trumbull St., Detroit; momentogelato.com


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One of the most craveable and tastiest offerings at local noodle empire Ima is the karaage fried chicken sandwich — with a perfectly crispy fried thigh, cabbage slaw, house pickles, and furikake kewpie on a brioche roll — so it makes sense that founder and chef Mike Ranson would take that as the basis for the sandwich shop spinoff. In addition to the signature sandwich, there’s also burgers, hot dogs, and other comfort foods. SuperCrisp, 4830 Cass Ave.; 313-474-8880; supercrisp.com

Trap Vegan

Opened in late November, reportedly selling out of everything on the first day, Trap Vegan was born after the owners couldn’t find vegan versions of the foods they loved like cheeseburgers in Detroit. In addition to the burgers, such as the popular Sole Survivor (a plant-based patty with pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and Trap sauce on a brioche bun) there’s also BBQ jackfruit bowls, deep-fried cauliflower, and fresh smoothies and raw juices. Trap Vegan, 20198 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-340-2988; trapvegan.com