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Live Nation announced today that, while the Phillies are in D.C. playing the Nationals, Billy Joel will perform at Citizens Bank Park on August 2.
Yes, that’s right: After signing a bunch of veterans this offseason, even the musicians the Phillies are signing to play at their stadium are old. (Compare this with the up-and-coming Eagles, who have One Direction playing Lincoln Financial Field this summer.)
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Federal Donuts Fried Chicken has arrived at Citizens Bank Park.
Friday I went to Citizens Bank Park to see first-hand how the new Federal Donuts stand would fare as well as to check out the new Alley Brewing Co. on Ashburn Alley.
Being that they are Federal Donuts, the stand did indeed sell out. The fried chicken lasted just as long as Kyle Kendrick, both bowing out after 5 and 2/3rd innings or just short of two hours after first pitch. The whole Federal Donuts brain trust was on hand to oversee the operation. Thomas Henneman told us that the first two on-deck series games were vital in working out the kinks. But some hiccups remained, there were problems with the doughnut batter, the Citizens Bank Park doughnuts were much puffier than those found at the other locations. Henneman wasn’t entirely pleased with the fried chicken either. But as Bob Logue pointed out. Friday was leaps and bounds above where they were a week before and would continue to improve (and of course have enough chicken to last an entire game).
The Citizens Bank Park location of Federal Donuts offers two varieties of fried chicken; chili-garlic glazed and naked. The two-piece chicken box with honey dipped doughnut is $9.75. A two pack of brown sugar and cinnamon dusted doughnuts are $3.75.
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We’ll be tweeting from the Phillies opening day at Citizens Bank Park. Look for our reports about the lines at Federal Donuts, the new beer garden and whatever other food and drink news we can find.
Yes, we are getting paid to go to Opening Day, eat donuts and fried chicken, drink beer and watch baseball. Very often, it’s good to be the ‘booz.
Yesterday the Federal Donuts at Citizens Bank Park received its awning. Here it is just before it was lifted into place. Federal Donuts won’t be ready for this weekend’s On Deck Series but there are always the other two locations.
Today, Aramark, the Phillies and Federal Donuts made it official, hot donuts and fried chicken will be available at Citizens Bank Park this year. Aramark employees are currently working at the two other Federal Donuts locations, making sure they have the twice-fried chicken down pat before opening day. As the Federal Donuts team said, they don’t want to dumb down the chicken for the ballpark. Three types of chicken, a glazed, naked and still to be finalized custom dry blend will be available at the Fednuts stand in left field. Hot donuts (no fancies) will also be on the menu. Expect some familiar flavors plus a unique taste, made exclusively for the ballpark. Steve Cook and company are confident they’ll be able to meet the demand.
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Federal Donuts is planning to open a stand at Citizens Bank Park. So says the Passyunk Post, which reports a Federal Donuts stand will take up residence in the left field plaza.
Citizens Bank Park has won national attention repeatedly for its excellent and varied offerings. The ballpark has won national awards for its vegan and gluten-free options. It is also received praise for the amount of local craft beer offered.
We can’t imagine what lines for Federal Donuts would look like for for fried chicken at Citizens Bank Park but maybe it would shorten the lines for Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries.
Federal Donuts opening stand at Citizens Bank Park [Passyunk Post]
As a Best of Philly challenge, Top Chef Kevin Sbraga and Philadelphia Magazine’s John Gonzalez ate their way through Citizen Bank Park’s many eateries. After eating more than two people should ever eat within nine innings, Sbraga and Gonzalez found that when the Phillies aren’t doing so hot, fans can at least chow down on some quality ballpark classics.
The food comes in a rush, a torrent of pork sandwiches and french fries, hot dogs and hoagies, a flood of questionable gastronomy that threatens to drown us. It’s impossible to decide where to begin. Sbraga reaches for the Bull’s pulled-pork sandwich. He’s the expert here, like Carlos Ruiz calling for a first-pitch fastball. Sbraga declares that the pork is “bangin’,” but adds that he wishes “there was something a little different with the roll.” Too dry. I’m too busy getting barbecue sauce all over my face and shirt to notice.
Ballpark Eats with Kevin Sbraga [Philadelphia Magazine]
Issue 4 of Lucky Peach is now on newsstands and there are a couple of local connections within David Chang’s quarterly journal of food and writing. Tom Lax profiles the Schmitter for a foodie audience. The Schmitter of course is a combination of cheese, steak, grilled salami, tomatoes, fried onions and special sauce served on a kaiser roll. It’s the sandwich of record at McNally’s in Chestnut Hill, and can also be found at Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field. Hawk Krall who seems to be everywhere right now also has an illustration featured in the magazine. Look for the American Food Issue of Lucky Peach at Barnes and Noble or do what we did and pick up a copy at Cook.
The weather has today’s Phillies game looking iffy. But if you do head out to the ballpark check out the Texas Tommy (pictured above) or the Ripper. Both hot dogs made Serious Eats’ The Craziest Major League Baseball Hot Dogs of 2012 list.
Both hot dogs are available at Harry the K’s and trump any dollar dog offering. The Texas Tommy is a split-grilled Hatfield dog with bacon, chili and American cheese. The Ripper boasts a deep-fried dog topped with caramelized onions and mustard, served on a toasted potato bun.
The Craziest Major League Baseball Hot Dogs of 2012 [Serious Eats]
Yesterday we told you about Lêe’s rules and regulations for Hop Sing Laundromat. This morning we provide you the dress code posted on Xfinity Live’s web site. The forthcoming entertainment district certainly has a lot of rules of its own.
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