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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On Saturday, June 7th, Federal Donuts opens its largest store yet at 701 N 7th Street. Partners Tom Henneman, Bob Logue, Steve Cook, Michael Solomonov and Felicia D’Ambrosio have declared the day Federal Donuts Day and will be offering several specials for the grand opening. There will be Hot Donut Ice Cream Bombs in collaboration with Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Fried Chicken Donut Sandwiches ($6 including tax) from noon to 4 p.m.
The West Poplar location of Federal Donuts is 2,000 square feet, substantially larger than the other stand-alone FedNuts, seats 40 and even has a parking lot.
Federal Donuts – West Poplar [Foobooz]
The Federal Donuts coming to 3428 Sansom Street is opening shortly. How shortly? According to a tweet from Federal Donuts yesterday, “in fewer days than you can count on two Simpsons hands.” Which if our arithmetic is correct, means the new Federal Donuts will open within eight days, seven as of today. Unless thumbs don’t count, then it’s five.
Counting on Simpson fingers is tougher than it seems.
UPDATE: Just got word that FedNuts West will be opening the doors at 7am on Monday, March 10–which, true to their promise, is a number of days that can be counted on two Simpsons hands.
All the new flavors of donuts and fried chicken right this way…
The sign man was at the upcoming University City Federal Donuts yesterday installing colorful awnings and a sign at 3428 Sansom Walk.
No word on an opening date yet but the staff hasn’t even gotten to break in the kitchen yet.
Federal Donuts – University City [Foobooz]
Interior of the Fat Ham
The Fat Ham is offering a special this weekend. Tonight and tomorrow, Kevin Sbraga is offering fried chicken, biscuits and a jalapeno jam for just $5. The deal is available at the bar only and starts at 10 p.m., there will only be twenty orders per night.
Please note, this is not the already buzzed about hot chicken but another fried bit of wonderfulness.
UPDATE: Kevin Sbraga has decided $5 for fried chicken just isn’t a good enough deal. So he’s going to give away chicken to the first 20 people at the bar at 10 p.m. tonight.
The Fat Ham [Foobooz]
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 30th, Scott Schroeder and American Sardine Bar are once again playing host to David Katz and his Mémé fried chicken.
The dish was a popular once-a-week lunchtime treat when Katz owned Meme at 22nd and Spruce. Tomorrow, Katz will be back in the kitchen, cooking up his fried chicken and biscuits. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. and the High Life is already on ice. completely sold out last time they hosted the pop-up.
Remember how, a few weeks ago, we told you about Kensington Quarters–Michael Pasquarello and Bryan Mayer’s butcher shop/bar/restaurant/classroom that will open at some point in the next few months? And then how last week we told you about how the chickens didn’t get the memo about their construction delays so they’re hosting a Fried Chicken Pop-Up? Well, the news keeps getting better.
The chickens themselves are kind of remarkable, and even among all the great chickens in this town from Federal Donuts, Rotisseur, and The Fat Ham, these birds are pretty special. They’re locally-raised in Lancaster where they’re 100% pastured, thus eating legumes, bugs, and grass along with non-GMO feed. And oh, by the way, just to amp it up a little further: the birds will be fried in 100% grass fed beef fat, which means that even your self-righteous and selective-meat-eating friends (including yours truly) can get in on this hot, breaded action.
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