With today’s announcement of the Chick’N Shack going national, we knew we’d have to put the Shake Shack fried chicken sandwich up against Federal Donuts’ version. So that’s what we did, bolstered by the knowledge that there was no crazy line at Shake Shack, newest Fooboozer, Kelly Alderfer and I headed first to Federal Donuts at 1632 Sansom Street and then up the block to the Shake Shack at 20th and Sansom.
As for the verdict to which fried chicken sandwich was better, read on …
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Rooster Soup Company, the Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry backed soup restaurant that ran a successful and highly publicized Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2014 has announced its location. The soup and sandwich restaurant will open at 1526 Sansom Street, in the former home of Sansom Street Kabob House.
The concept behind Rooster Soup is to turn Federal Donuts’ unused chicken backs into chicken stock, soup and gravy – transforming what would be food waste into profits that will go directly to Broad Street Ministry, helping the organization to further their work in providing meals and services to vulnerable and homeless Philadelphians.
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“If I had a nickel for every time I heard the expression ‘I’m going to be the Chipotle of blank,’ I’d be rich,” says Steve Cook, the local restaurateur who, along with James Beard winning chef Michael Solomonov, owns the fine-dining eateries Zahav and Abe Fisher. Of course, given that Cook and Solomonov also own fast-casual hummusiya Dizengoff and the fast-growing Federal Donuts empire — five locations and counting — it’s probably something he’s said to himself.
Who can blame him? As Philadelphia diners have stepped up their demand for good food at every price point, a whole new market for quality eateries has opened up — one that just happens to include more takeout counters than OpenTable reservations. Read more »