Love and Honey: Fried Chicken and Pies for Northern Liberties

Fried chicken will be the star of Love and Honey

Fried chicken will be the star of Love and Honey

Todd and Laura Lyons, two professional chefs and residents of Northern Liberties are planning to open Love & Honey Fried Chicken, a fried chicken and pie restaurant at 1100 North Front Street. The restaurant will occupy 900 square feet of the refurbished refrigeration warehouse at the corner of Front and Wildey.

Todd Lyons is a Senior Research and Development Chef at Campbell’s Soup Company and has been perfecting his fried chicken recipe over the years. Laura has also been in the food business since graduating from Culinary Institute of America, where the couple met. Laura has been working on pie crusts and dessert recipes for the past year, teasing she’s gained 10 pounds for the city.

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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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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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Shake Shack’s Chick’n Sandwich Goes National

The Chicken Shack comes to Philly | Photo by Liz Clayman

The Chick’n Shack comes to Philly | Photo by Liz Clayman

Beginning today, all Philadelphia area Shake Shack locations will now offer the Chick’n Shack chicken sandwich. The Chick’n Shack is made with from a hormone and antibiotic free chicken breast that is slow-cooked in a buttermilk marinade before being dipped into batter, dredged through seasoned flour and fried to crunchy goldness. The chicken breast is then topped with pickles, shredded lettuce and a buttermilk herb mayo with chives, parsley and thyme. Just like the burgers, the Chick’n Shack is served on a potato roll. Spice up the Chick’n Shack with Louisiana hot sauce, new at all Shake Shack locations.

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Steak Nights at Kensington Quarters

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Sundays mean steaks at Kensington Quarters.

We have always thought it a bit odd that Kensington Quarters doesn’t have a steak on its dinner menu but as we were explained, when you buy the whole cow, there’s only so many filets. If a wonderful steak is what you crave, there’s one night you can reliably get a steak at the Fishtown butcher shop and restaurant. Every Sunday night, chef Damon Menapace offers a special steak cut from the butcher’s case.

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Bud & Marilyn’s Begins Serving Lunch

Fried Chicken Bucket - For lunch at Bud & Marilyn's

Fried Chicken Bucket – For lunch at Bud & Marilyn’s

Bud & Marilyn’s is now serving lunch Monday through Friday. Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest restaurant is serving up the likes of fried chicken by the bucket (pictured) and smoked beet reubens.

Lunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. and the menu is broken down into five sections including chicken and hot buttered buns.

The buns section includes:

  • Chilled Lobster Buns
  • Korean Glazed Toful Buns
  • Nashville Hot Buns

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Federal Donuts Adds Fried Chicken Sandwich to All Stores

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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.

Federal Donuts [Official]

More Details on Fishtown’s Andy’s Chicken

andys-fried-chicken-koreanAndy Choi is the owner of the forthcoming Andy’s Chicken at Memphis and Norris Streets in Fishtown. Choi says he’s about two weeks out from opening and has some other details to share.

Andy’s Chicken will be serving Korean fried chicken with at least six special sauces:

  • Sweet Chili
  • Honey Garlic
  • Golden Soy
  • Cajun
  • Hot and Spicy
  • Sweet BBQ

Also look for Korean-style beef and pork barbecue dishes on the menu.

Andy’s Chicken [Foobooz]

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Is Coming To South Philly

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We first made the joyous announcement back in February that Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken–that famous Memphis brand, currently in the middle of an expansion cycle–was looking at Philly as one of the possible cities for a new, out-of-state location. We didn’t know much other than the fact that Gus’s was exploring its options. Hell, despite our enthusiasm, we weren’t even sure that Philadelphia was going to make the final cut.

But now, we have some good news.

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