The New World of Chicken Wings


Photos by Jason Varney

If we can all just admit that a) the Buffalo wing is the ultimate chicken wing (so meaty, so balanced, so simple with its fake butter, Frank’s RedHot and nothing else), and b) there are very few decent Buffalo wings in Philly, we can move on and start talking about alternate versions we do well. Here are six to start with.

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Rooster Soup Co. Update


Other Rooster Soup backers received a limited edition poster of FedNuts’ NoseGo mural.

We’ve all been waiting patiently and excitedly for Rooster Soup Co., the collaborative project between Federal Donuts and Broad City Ministry in which the unused Federal Donuts chicken parts (like backs and necks) get turned into stock and and used as the base delicious soups, the proceeds of which will be donated to Broad City Ministry.

Back in july we updated you on some of the Rooster Soup Co. menu items. Recently, the $100-$300 backers of the project’s kickstarter were invited to a pop-up meal featuring a preview of the soon-to-be Rooster soups. The pop-up menu included:

  • Rooster “Ramen” (shoyu ramen broth, crispy smoked pork belly, kombu, Haiga Mai half-milled rice, celery pickles, dried shiitakes)
  • Erin O’Shea’s Texas Chili (creekstone Farms brisket, Shiner Bock, tomato, garlic, buttermilk chive cornbread crumbles)
  • Squash + Tomato Soup (heirloom tomato juice, butternut squash, ginger, lemongrass, dried mushrooms, kombu, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, lime juice, vermicelli).

In other news, Rooster Soup Co. is narrowing down the possible locations but hasn’t committed to one place yet.


Mini Federal Donuts For Valentine’s Day

FederalDonutsFederal Donuts is offering an assortment of 15 strawberry and chocolate glazed mini donuts this Valentine’s Day. The donuts will cost you $18 and you can pick them up at their Center City or North Philly location on Friday, February 13 or Saturday, February 14.

And what better way to say “I love you” than a bunch of mini donuts with hearts on them? You can order the donuts here.

Federal Donuts [Official]

Federal Donuts in Old City Today

n3rd-street-market-940N3RD Market, located on Church St between American and 2nd Streets in Old City from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. today, is hosting a really sweet pop up: Philadelphia’s beloved Federal Donuts. Chef Matt Klein of FedNuts will reveal a selection of one-time-only donuts flavored by a curated collection of N3RD MRKT ingredients, such as plum butter pecan, smoked paprika bacon and salted chocolate tahini. Weckerly’s Ice Cream will also be serving up fall-flavored scoops of a pumpkin latte ice cream.

And as if that isn’t sweet enough, Conshohocken’s Tradestone Confections will make their N3RD MRKT debut by serving hot chocolate to pair with the treats.

So whether you’re craving something sweet after lunch or you need something to brighten up the beginning of the week, today N3RD Market is the place to be.

N3RD Market [Official]


Federal Donuts Creates David Lynch Inspired Donuts


Agent Dale Cooper loved his donuts

The work of filmmaker and artist David Lynch is being shown at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Lynch, who is known for films like Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive and the TV show “Twin Peaks,” studied painting at PAFA in the late sixties and once said, “I had my first thrilling thought in Philadelphia.” Which we take as a compliment, even if it is a twisted one.

As part of the PAFA’s Lynch retrospective, “The Unified Field” which begins Saturday, September 13th, the academy asked Federal Donuts to create donuts for the opening reception. Not only has FedNuts done that, but they will also offer the donuts at their storefronts starting on the 13th.

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Free Mini Jimmy Donuts at Federal Donuts


The original Federal Donuts in Pennsport reopened this morning after a couple week break for cleaning and repairs. But since this is Federal Donuts we’re talking about, you just knew it wouldn’t just be business as usual. Tomorrow, August 29th, the 2nd Street shop will be offering complimentary mini-donuts with jimmies.

Get there early if you want them.

Federal Donuts – Pennsport [Foobooz]

Winners Announced in Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off

On Saturday afternoon South Street hosted its third annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off, an afternoon of hot dog-eating and beer drinking under the historic Headhouse Market building. By all accounts it was the best-attended Dog Days of Summer event so far. Folks were standing in lines 20- to 30-deep to munch on wieners served up by local joints like Hot DiggityBrauhaus Schmitz, Serrano, and more.

At the same time, there were a few contests going on—one for the local restaurants serving hot dogs that afternoon, and a topping contest for Philly amateur cooks. Here’s the list of wieners, I mean winners:

Best Dogs

1st Place: Chef Michael Stollenwerk of Headhouse Crab & Oyster
Hot Dog: “The Sea Dog” with Sabrett’s hot dog, spicy pepper relish, crab salad, split-top bun, and a splash of Old Bay.

2nd Place: Chef Nick Mezzina of Misconduct Tavern
Hot Dog: “Sriracha Pork Dog” with sweet Sichuan chilli.

3rd Place: Chef Keith Garabedien of Hot Diggity
Hot Dog: “Corn Salsa Dog” with fire-roasted corn, 1732 meats, paprika-bacon salsa, radish tortillas and cilantro.

Amateur Toppings Winners

1st Place: Lily Vamberi
Hot Dog: “Dickmom Dog” with Elixr Coffee BBQ sauce, Kenzinger battered onion strings, roasted long hot relish.

2nd Place: Brant Williams
Hot Dog: “Pho-natic Dog” with pho beef bullion paste, mung bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, thinly sliced jalapenos, lime hoisin.

3rd Place: Gabrierl Raab
Hot Dog: “Tova Dog” with amba Sauce, pickled vegetables, falafel crunch

Peoples Choice

Chefs Ricardo Rodriguez & Anthony Santiti Jr of Bistro Romano
Hot Dog: “Scala Duck Ragu” with grilled romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, pancetta.

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