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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Now if they’ll just sell those cinnamon mini-donuts everywhere. They might just be my favorite of all their donuts.
Federal Donuts [Official]
Andy 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
- Hot and Spicy
- Sweet BBQ
Also look for Korean-style beef and pork barbecue dishes on the menu.
Andy’s Chicken [Foobooz]
Calling all beer-drinking carnivores: Local 44 is hosting a beer and fried chicken night this Thursday, July 30th. Unless you are genuinely busy, you have no excuse not to indulge.
Oh, would it make a difference if we told you it was a Resurrection Ale House fried chicken night?
Yeah, we thought it might.
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.
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).