Secret Menu Items Around Town: From Dill Fried Chicken to Nutella Pizza


Thrillist lists some secret menu items that you can order that don’t appear on any menu. Did you know you can get a dill pickle juice glaze at Federal Donuts? Or a nutella pizza at Osteria? How about Welsh rarebit chips at Victoria Freehouse? Check out the full article to see who offers foie gras-stuffed lobster tails.

Know any other secret menu items around Philadelphia? Share them in the comments.

Secret Menu Items- Hidden Menu Items at Restaurants in Philadelphia [Thrillist]

Federal Donuts Considers Seventh and Fairmount


Thursday evening, Federal Donuts made a presentation to the West Poplar CDC regarding a Federal Donuts location at 701 Fairmount Avenue. Steve Cook tells us this is a long way from a done deal as there is still “some zoning and other hurdles to get through.” But if it comes together, the biggest Federal Donuts yet will land in the West Poplar, Liberties West area of the city. And though it may seem an odd spot to some, we can’t help but notice it is just a block off of the proposed Reading Viaduct park.

Federal Donuts [Official Site]

Final Chance for Eternal Chicken at Federal Donuts


On Saturday, July 6th Federal Donuts pulled a Willy Wonka by offering 20 Golden Tickets at its two locations in Center City (at 1632 Sansom Street) and South Philadelphia (at 1219 South 2nd Street). Distributed among chicken orders at both locations, the tickets entitled bearers to a variety of prizes, from t-shirts and complimentary coffee beans to a life-changing prize of Free Fried Chicken-for-Life.

It’s been more than a week since the event and all the winners are basking in the glory of their crispy chicken-for-life winnings.

But there’s been a major plot twist: ONE WINNING CHICKEN-FOR-LIFE TICKET REMAINS AT LARGE!!!

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The Zen of Michael Solomonov


The July issue of Philadelphia magazine features a profile on Michael Solomonov by John Marchese. Check out the intriguing story of Philadelphia’s most iconoclastic chef who seems poised for the big time. But no matter what happens next for Solomonov, it will be no match for the challenges–from a life-altering family tragedy to confronting his inner demons–he’s already faced.

The Inimitable Michael Solomonov [Philadelphia Magazine]

Federal Donuts Is Giving Away Fried Chicken for Life


Saturday, July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day and Federal Donuts is celebrating. Its Center City and Pennsport stores will be giving away ten golden tickets to chicken buyers. The tickets will entitle bearers to a prizes like t-shirts, complimentary coffee beans and for one very lucky person, free fried chicken for life (one complimentary order of fried chicken weekly for the remainder of their life).

So get to either location this Saturday at 11 a.m. and hope that your order of fried chicken will be accompanied by a golden ticket.

Federal Donuts [Official Site]

Photo by Mike Persico

Happy National Donut Day


As we told you earlier this week, Krispy Kreme is offering customers a free donut today. Federal Donuts has been celebrating all week with throwback fancies. The lineup for today and the weekend is:

  • Pomegranate Nutella
  • Salty Caramel Banana
  • Spicy PB&J
  • French Toast
  • Key Lime Pie
  • S’Mores

And if you’re in the area of Reading Terminal we highly recommend stopping into their new donut emporium, Beiler’s Donuts.

Federal Donuts, Local Beer and More from Citizens Bank Park

Federal Donuts Fried Chicken has arrived at Citizens Bank Park.

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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