Remember how, a few weeks ago, we told you about Kensington Quarters–Michael Pasquarello and Bryan Mayer’s butcher shop/bar/restaurant/classroom that will open at some point in the next few months? And then how last week we told you about how the chickens didn’t get the memo about their construction delays so they’re hosting a Fried Chicken Pop-Up? Well, the news keeps getting better.
The chickens themselves are kind of remarkable, and even among all the great chickens in this town from Federal Donuts, Rotisseur, and The Fat Ham, these birds are pretty special. They’re locally-raised in Lancaster where they’re 100% pastured, thus eating legumes, bugs, and grass along with non-GMO feed. And oh, by the way, just to amp it up a little further: the birds will be fried in 100% grass fed beef fat, which means that even your self-righteous and selective-meat-eating friends (including yours truly) can get in on this hot, breaded action.
Plus, the accompaniments to the birds are getting even more exciting as the whole 13th Street Kitchens team climbs on board: Biscuits by Bufad, cole slaw and macaroni salad by Prohibition Taproom, and your choice of either hot or mild sauce. A half chicken (with a biscuit and 2 small sides) will run you $15, and a whole bird (2 biscuits, 2 large sides) for $25.
Best of all? In the event that you’re already booked on the 9th, Mayer and Pasquarello are likely going to run the pop-up for the first three Thursdays in January - the 9th, the 16th, and the 23rd. It kicks off this Thursday at Cafe Lift from 6:00 until 11:00, or whenever they run out of chickens.
Check out 13th Street Kitchens for more info.