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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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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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 »
Federal Donuts Fried Chicken Sandwich is sticking around.
Federal Donuts fried chicken sandwich will live beyond Port FedNuts at Spruce Street Harbor Park. The twice-fried boneless chicken breast sandwich that’s dusted with buttermilk ranch seasoning and topped with American cheese, Rooster Sauce and dill pickle chips has been a hit all summer on the River. And starting on Monday, September 14th at 11 a.m., the fried chicken sandwich will be available at all four Federal Donuts locations.
The $6.75 sandwich will also be offered for delivery via Caviar, or you can pre-order online and schedule an in shop pickup.
Federal Donuts locations are in Pennsport, Center City, Poplar and University City.
Now if they’ll just sell those cinnamon mini-donuts everywhere. They might just be my favorite of all their donuts.
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N3RD St Farmers Market, which brings growers, farmers and makers to Old City, will host Federal Donuts, Hocks N Coqs and Food Underground (among others) tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1st, from 12 – 7pm.
We’ve already had some FedNuts news today, but for those who can’t get to their National Fried Chicken Day celebration, there’s this: A N3RD pop-up that will offer donuts all day long for $2.50/ donut or $20/ dozen. Tomorrow’s flavors are Peach Cobbler, Chocolate Tahina and Creme Brûlée.
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Yeah, so you’re gonna want to make your National Fried Chicken Day plans early this year.
That snap up there? That’s a Port FedNuts Fried Chicken Sandwich. Normally available only at the Spruce Street Harbor Park location, they’re crazy-good and have a tendency to inspire a kind of obsessive love among fans. And for one day only, they’re going to be available everywhere.
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That, my friends, is a fried chicken sandwich from Federal Donuts. Normally available only at the Port FedNuts location at the Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Federal Donuts catering wing is making a one-day exception and hosting a pop-up tomorrow (Thursday, June 4) at the Center City location (1632 Sansom Street).
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Spruce Street Harbor Park Presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest have announced their food partners and the ante has been upped. Franklin Fountain, Shane Confectionery, Federal Donuts, and the revival of Chifa will all go a long way towards making 2015 a year to head to the Delaware River.
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