Federal Donuts Gets Seasonal and Charitable

The Great Pumpkin Roll Donut | Photo courtesy of Federal Donuts

The Great Pumpkin Roll Donut | Photo courtesy of Federal Donuts

From Monday October 3rd until Sunday October 9th all Federal Donuts locations are serving a seasonal donut, The Great Pumpkin Roll Fancy Donut ($2.50). One dollar from each donut purchase will benefit Fair Food Farmstand, which carries a variety of fresh produce from farms and food producers in southeast Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey and is located at Reading Terminal Market.

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Field Guide: Where to Find the Best Fried Chicken in Philadelphia

Fried Chicken from Fat Ham Philadelphia

Fried chicken from Fat Ham | Photograph by Vanessa Beahn

While Philly isn’t a traditional bastion of poultry excellence, its fried chicken game has gotten strong. Today’s restaurants have innovated, resurrected classic styles, and even won awards for dunking birds. So check out these joints (some new, some old) next time you feel like getting a little fried chicken in you. We give you: the best fried chicken in Philadelphia.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Celebrates Birthday with FedNuts

fednuts big gay ice cream 400Big Gay Ice Cream is celebrating its first birthday in Philadelphia with a special collaboration sundae with Federal Donuts. The sundae includes horchata soft-serve ice cream with cinnamon donuts. The sundae will be available Friday, May 6th through Sunday, May 8th at the Broad and South location of Big Gay Ice Cream.

If you’re going to take on this Big Gay behemoth, share it with a friend, or at least skip the box of lard.

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Bon Appetit Highlights Philadelphia in Travel Issue

Bon Appetit's Travel Issue, How to Devour America's Best Food Cities | Instagram

Bon Appetit’s Travel Issue, How to Devour America’s Best Food Cities | Instagram

Philadelphia gets a six page spread in Bon Appetit’s May issue on travel. Bon Appetit’s Editor in Chief himself, Adam Rapoport spends 32 hours in town with co-worker and former 12 Steps Down employee Amiel Stanek. The pair get local help from W/N W/N Coffee Bar co-founder Anthony Fulvio as they eat and drink their way through town.

On the high end, the crew hits Vernick Food and Drink, Zahav, Kensington Quarters and a.kitchen. But they also hit small spots like Stargazy, Philly Style Bagels, Tortilleria San Roman, South Philly Barbacoa and Café Diem.

It’s an impressive 32-hours of food and drink. And at six pages, is as many as any other city is allotted in the issue.

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This Season’s Food and Drink Lineup at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park Returns | Photo via DRWC

Spruce Street Harbor Park Returns | Photo via DRWC

Spruce Street Harbor Park is opening earlier than ever this year, Friday, May 6th. The Delaware Riverfront destination is also expanding its summer restaurant collaborations, adding Chickie’s and Pete’s fries and a Little Fat Ham to a lineup that already includes Franklin Fountain, Federal Donuts, Frozen Delights and Garces Group.

Kevin Sbraga, who just announced a second Fat Ham at the King of Prussia Mall is bringing The Little Fat Ham to the riverfront park. The shipping container-sized Fat Ham won’t be offering hot chicken but will be have hot fish sandwiches, plus pulled pork, beef brisket, spicy pork rinds, corn on the cob, homemade Southern sweet tea and old-fashioned lemonade.

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Have Any Donut Art You Want To Share?


Yeah, you read that right. Michael Solomonov already has a Zahav cookbook out there in the world, and now he and his team are following it up with a Federal Donuts book. And in order to make this book as awesome as possible, they’re  currently soliciting various forms of donut-centric art with which to fill it.

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Tale of the Tape: Federal Donuts Versus Shake Shack

federal-donuts-fednuts-fried-chicken-sandwich-940With 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 Co. Lands on Sansom Street

rooster soup 400Rooster 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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Why Philly Chefs Keep Opening Fast-Casual Restaurants

Illustration by Gluekit

Illustration by Gluekit

“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 »

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