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]
GQ comes up with its list of the 50 best things to eat and drink right now. Two items from Philadelphia spots make the list. The pig tails at Alla Spina and Federal Donuts’ blueberry muffin doughnut.
Pig Tails with Fennel Agrodolce (Alla Spina)
Blueberry Muffin Doughnut (Federal Donuts)
50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now [GQ]
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 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]
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
Above is a shot of Pizza Brain and Federal Donuts honchos collaborating on a special First Friday pizza. What they’ve come up with is a chili-garlic, fried chicken pizza, finished with a honey donut topping. It will be available only at Pizza Brain on Friday, July 5th.
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
And if you’re in the area of Reading Terminal we highly recommend stopping into their new donut emporium, Beiler’s Donuts.
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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“Hipsterish fried chicken” – The New York Times’ description of Federal Donuts in the article, The Transformational Power of the Right Spice (a good read about “spice therapist,” Lior Lev Sercarz)
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.