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Hatch & Coop Is University City’s Brand New Fried Chicken Joint

The latest from the team behind Jake's Sandwich Board.

Hatch & Coop’s Cabo salad | Facebook

Since its inception, Jake’s Sandwich Board has specialized in brisket, pork, and turkey sandwiches. Sometimes (now), turducken. In terms of a business, it’s a winning model, what with its multiple TV appearances and two Best of Philly awards (one in 2012 for Best Pork Sandwich and the second in 2016 for Best Quickie Lunch Spot). Chicken has made an appearance on the menu here and there, but never as a fixture.

That’s where Hatch & Coop comes in, Gary Dorfman’s brand new quick-serve restaurant at 125 South 40th Street, which quietly replaced the second Jake’s Sandwich Board in University City.

The menu is simple: a fried chicken breast sandwich on a sweet King’s Hawaiian bun (smart), a skin-on roasted thigh sandwich, a “cabo” salad (basically a cobb salad) and fries — plus a stoner-friendly dessert of vanilla ice cream rolled in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, drizzled with caramel, and sandwiched between a grilled, cinnamon sugar-dusted King’s Hawaiian bun. They call it “fast food you can feel good about.”

Peep the menu in its entirety here. Hours go from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily.