Seriously? It’s like you people have never seen fried chicken before.
The lines, the waits, the epic crowds–all of this has served to throw a big, chicken-smelling wrench into the grand opening plans at BonChon in Chinatown. First, they had to scale back their hours so they could focus on their dinner crowds during the grand opening weekend–dumping lunch service entirely and opening at 5pm. Then they made that schedule temporarily permanent, announcing that, for the time being, the hours were going to be 5pm-11pm only. That schedule still stands, and today they’ve had to scale back even more.
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This has been a pretty good week for people who love fried chicken.
First, we finally saw the opening of Bon Chon Korean Fried Chicken, which threw wide the doors after a looooong wait just yesterday in Chinatown. And now, there’s news that the very-not-Korean Gus’s Fried Chicken is coming to Philly by way of Memphis.
This is awesome for two reasons. 1) More fried chicken is never a bad thing. And 2) I’ve been to Gus’s before, and can report that that “World Famous” on its sign is well-deserved.
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Yeah, it’s been a little while since we last had a chance to get our hands on some of Meme’s famous fried chicken–you know, what with Meme not actually being a restaurant anymore and all that. But great fried chicken always finds a way to come back, and on February 19 it’s going to be coming back again to American Sardine Bar.
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Starting on February 2, the first Monday of every month at Jerry’s Bar is going to mean fried chicken, sticky buns and beer.
The bar just so happens to be inaugurating its new Monday chicken tradition on a very important holiday: Groundhog Day. And in celebration of this fact Groundhog Day (the movie starring Bill Murray) is going to be playing on repeat all throughout the night.
In addition to enjoying the cinematic stylings of one of America’s finest films, for just $20 per person, guests are invited to chow down on fried half-chickens, sticky buns by Breakin’ Bread Bakery, and a pint of Kenzinger.
Tickets for the event can be purchased here. And remember: Don’t drive angry.
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Resurrection Ale House may be gone but Leigh Maida and company have been promising that the restaurant’s famous fried chicken would return. And it will be tomorrow, January 13th and Wednesday the 14th at Local 44. The fried chicken will begin being served at 11:30 a.m. and go to the fryer runs dry.
Resurrection’s twice-fried chicken with honey drizzle has been a standout since it received acknowledgement from Bon Appetit as one of America’s ten best fried chickens, back in 2010.
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Back in June we told you BonChon was bringing its brand of Korean fried chicken to 1020 Cherry Street in Chinatown. Since then though, it’s been all quiet on the KFC front. That is until yesterday when the management of Philadelphia’s BonChon posted to its Facebook page.
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Fitler Dining Room has added happy hour. The Center City restaurant is offering sangria and snacks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. everyday. The menu includes half-price oysters, a daily cheese special, a veggie plate and popcorn dusted with Rogue Creamery’s “Blue Heaven” cheese.
The highlight however is the Japanese Fried Chicken Sandwich which includes bread and butter pickles, slaw and is served on a semolina roll. On the drink side Fitler Dining Room is offering Tiger Lager for $3 and summer sangria (white wine, lillet, berries) for $5 a glass, $23 a pitcher.
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Korean. Fried. Chicken. I’ll give you a minute.
Bonchon, which means “my hometown” in Korean, already has multiple locations around the world – California, Massachusetts, Korea and Thailand to name a few – but the restaurant is finally bringing its specialities to Philadelphia. Chinatown, to be specific. And the most popular dish? Korean Fried Chicken. Customers choose what type of chicken they want – wings, drumsticks or strips – and what sauce they want it to be slathered in – soy garlic or hot. Then they are free to devour the dish in either a small, medium, large or extra-large size. Bonchon also serves appetizers, salad and platters, like Chicken Katsu.
Look for Bonchon to be turning out its Korean fried chicken this fall. The restaurant will be located at 1020 Cherry Street.
This is Patsy. No, she’s not real. Yes, she is a running character from an online skit called Ask Patsy! played by Jennifer Childs of 1812 Productions. And yes, this video is Foobooz-worthy. Everybody who likes Philadelphia accents, jokes about the Flyers, skeeball and South Philly block parties, and the Jersey Shore should watch this video immediately.
And more importantly, Patsy / Jennifer gives some pretty solid advice: DiBruno’s Cheese & Olive Happy Hour on Friday nights and Fried Chicken Dinners on Sunday nights (starting June 15th) at the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May.
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The latest location of Federal Donuts is now open at the corner of 7th and Fairmount in the West Poplar neighborhood. It is the biggest Federal Donuts yet, complete with 40-seats, a parking lot and a walk-in refrigerator roughly the same size as the Pennsport original. Business was steady when I checked it out this morning. I was able to try several of the new flavor donuts including a lemon sugar hot donut, chocolate glazed (yes, FedNuts now has chocolate donuts) and a new Thai curry dry-dusted fried chicken.
I was also lucky enough to try the fried chicken donut sandwich that Federal Donuts will be preparing on Saturday, June 7th for their grand opening.
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