Earlier this week we popped in to Percy Street Barbecue for the first time in too long. While we were there stuffing ourselves with ham plates, biscuits and brisket fries when we were told that happy hour was changing the next day. And one of the things that would be on the new $5 happy hour menu, the above chicken biscuit situation. It’s Percy’s buttermilk biscuit, topped with fried chicken thighs, cheddar sauce, hot sauce and pickled apples.
Happy hour is just that at Percy Street. Monday to Friday, from 5 to 6 p.m. And that’s the only time the fried chicken biscuit is available.
Percy Street Barbecue [Foobooz]
Resurrection Ale House on Grays Ferry Avenue is turning four and they’re celebrating with a special lineup of beers from Allagash Brewing. Starting at 5 p.m., the beers will be pouring and complementary passed bites will be coming out of the kitchen.
Now if you show up before 5 p.m., you’ll get to experience a new Tuesday promotion. Every Tuesday, fried chicken will be the only thing on the menu until 5 p.m. That means fried chicken without the fear of it running out. And on Tuesdays, you can combine an order of fried chicken and a can of Resurrection Ale from Brewer’s Art for $18.
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When guilty pleasures become the cuisine du jour, what’s the illicit culinary thrill-seeker to do?
There was a time when fried chicken—really good fried chicken—was something to be coveted. You’d find a place that did it well (often in some dodgy neighborhood, in a place where even paper napkins were too uppity), and then you would tell no one about it. It was your spot, and you guarded the address the way you did the phone number of your weed guy or the place you could go and pay a hundred bucks for an inspection sticker for your car, no questions asked.
Now, fried chicken is cool. Fried chicken is “hip” in the worst sense of the word, and it’s no longer a secret, guilty pleasure, because you can get it everywhere. Restaurants display it on their menus in a way that’s almost braggy. In a way that says, Look how awesome we are! We took this classic American dish and jammed a bunch of lemongrass and pomegranate in it so now it’s cool to eat again! Aren’t we clever?
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On Saturday, July 6th Federal Donuts pulled a Willy Wonka by offering 20 Golden Tickets at its two locations in Center City (at 1632 Sansom Street) and South Philadelphia (at 1219 South 2nd Street). Distributed among chicken orders at both locations, the tickets entitled bearers to a variety of prizes, from t-shirts and complimentary coffee beans to a life-changing prize of Free Fried Chicken-for-Life.
It’s been more than a week since the event and all the winners are basking in the glory of their crispy chicken-for-life winnings.
But there’s been a major plot twist: ONE WINNING CHICKEN-FOR-LIFE TICKET REMAINS AT LARGE!!!
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The void left by Lee’s Hoagie House, which closed June 12th, is being filled … by fried chicken. The fried chicken restaurant Wishbone will open at 4034 Walnut Street in the fall.
From a recent article in the Daily Pennsylvanian:
Owners and chefs Alan Segel and Dave Clouser are planning to offer a signature flavor of chicken and one special flavor that changes every week or so, as well as a variety of sauces. The chicken will be cut into white and dark meat, as well as leg, thigh and breast made into tenders.
The owners are aiming for an October opening. Donald Klipstein, who was the delivery man at Lee’s Hoagie House for 27 years, will stay on the Wishbone staff.
Drexel alums to open fried chicken restaurant at Penn [Daily Pennsylvanian]
Saturday, July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day and Federal Donuts is celebrating. Its Center City and Pennsport stores will be giving away ten golden tickets to chicken buyers. The tickets will entitle bearers to a prizes like t-shirts, complimentary coffee beans and for one very lucky person, free fried chicken for life (one complimentary order of fried chicken weekly for the remainder of their life).
So get to either location this Saturday at 11 a.m. and hope that your order of fried chicken will be accompanied by a golden ticket.
Federal Donuts [Official Site]
Photo by Mike Persico
Philadelphia music icon Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson announced that Hybird, his and Stephen Starr’s new restaurant, will be opening this Saturday, May 18, in New York City’s Chelsea Market. The gourmet fast food restaurant will feature Questlove’s famous “Love’s Drumsticks,” truffled egg dumplings, tom yum cupcakes, and watermelon-jalapeño “Love Slush,” among other things.
Few things are more Philly than Questlove and Starr, so its a shame this place isn’t opening locally. But it is worth noting that Questlove recently followed a number of Philadelphia food accounts on twitter, so maybe Questlove is planning on bringing Hybird to Philly soon.
Hybird Menu (PDF)
Hybird NYC [Official Site]
David Katz and Scott Schroeder have been missing Meme’s fried chicken Thursdays. So on Thursday, May 2nd Katz and Schroeder are doing a fried chicken pop-up at American Sardine Bar. It will be the same deal as Meme’s was before it closed. $11 gets you chicken, a biscuit and a bottle of Miller High Life. They two hope to have a couple sides to offer as well. The offer starts at 11 a.m. and goes until they run out of chicken.
See you there and keep those High Lifes freezing cold.
American Sardine Bar [Official Site]
“Hipsterish fried chicken” – The New York Times’ description of Federal Donuts in the article, The Transformational Power of the Right Spice (a good read about “spice therapist,” Lior Lev Sercarz)
Chef Jennifer Choplin who spent time cooking for Joey Chmiko at Resurrection Ale House is back in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood at SoWe. She’s been there a few months now and has recently rolled out her first full menu at the 22nd and Carpenter bar/restaurant.
The new menu features items like taco tartare, spicy pork rinds, a vegan reuben, a meatball sandwich, hoisin glazed crispy pork belly and her own take on fried chicken. Also available, doggie ice cream for furry customers who will be hanging out at the outdoor seats.
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