Under normal circumstances, just putting two of the above names together would be enough to make certain segments of the Foobooz readership completely melt down with joy. But for FedNuts, Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s to all throw in together on a First Friday collaboration? That’s just crazy-pants. In their own words: “It’s just a regular ol’ First Friday Frankford Avenue Food Freakout & Funtacular…”
Do you really need to know any more? Okay, so for those of you who aren’t sold yet, at Pizza Brain, they’ll be slinging chili garlic chicken honey donut pies made with Federal Donuts’ fried chicken and plain honey donuts. Next door at Little Baby’s, they’ll be scooping pumpkin spice latte donut ice cream, which is basically a deconstructed FedNuts pumpkin spice latte donut, served in ice cream form, made with Federal Donuts’ donuts plus vanilla glaze plus pumpkin spice glaze plus coffee streusel, all set into a Little Baby’s Coffee Ice Cream with additional spicings.
Yeah, I’d leave work early, too, if I were you.
Federal Friday on Franklin Avenue [Official]
Photo by Mike Persico
It seems that the crew at Pizza Brain have hooked up with the Philadelphia 76ers for the run-up to their home opener on Wednesday night.
Tonight, from 5-6pm, Pizza Brain will be creating a giant, blue Sixers ball and logo in pizza form as part of “Blue Week.” More important to the rank-and-file Foobooz readers, the shop will also be offering half-price slices of their buffalo chicken and blue cheese pizza during the 5 o’clock hour.
And seriously? If anyone in the city was going to attempt the creation of a blue pizza, I figure it would have to be the guys from Pizza Brain. If anyone makes it down there for the event, be sure to take some pictures and tweet them to us @Foobooz.
A look at the pizza »
A new brew pub is aiming to open in Brewerytown. Crime and Punishment is the name and they’ve been previewing the beer at Pizza Brain’s First Friday parties. The brew pub is up for 2014 but look for the beers to show up at Pizza Brain. This month it was House Arrest Farmouse Ale and Truancy, a peanut butter and jelly ale.
Liz Spikol, who claims she loved the peanut butter and jelly ale has more details over on Property.
New Brew Pub Coming to Brewerytown [Property]
ReAnimator’s coffee shop at 1523 E Susquehanna Avenue has been softly opened for more than a week now. But tomorrow, Saturday, August 10th will be the official grand opening party. Their calling it their Forks Crawl and nearby spots like Cedar Point and Loco Pez are doing drink specials. At ReAnimator’s cafe, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Pizza Brain will be serving up bites. They’ll also be giving out drinks of their Yards ReAnimator Espresso Love Stout while it lasts.
The fun kicks off at 4 p.m. and lasts till your caffeine buzz wears off.
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Philadelphia magazine’s 40th anniversary Best of Philly issue is hitting newsstands right now. Philadelphia magazine’s is tweeting out some winners now and we are sharing these best pizza winners with you on Foobooz.
For all the winners, pick up a copy of Philadelphia magazine at your local bookstore or newsstand now.
Any way you slice it, Best of Philly Pizza Choices »
Above is a shot of Pizza Brain and Federal Donuts honchos collaborating on a special First Friday pizza. What they’ve come up with is a chili-garlic, fried chicken pizza, finished with a honey donut topping. It will be available only at Pizza Brain on Friday, July 5th.
Trey Popp gives us two reviews in one as he visits the “weirdos” behind Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream.
I’ve got a severe hype allergy. But Brian Dwyer and Joseph Hunter’s partly Kickstarter-funded brainchild—which shares space, and a cockeyed ethos, with Little Baby’s Ice Cream—had me on an EpiPen high by the time I was chasing a rosemary-scented mushroom/fontina/goat cheese pizza with dense scoops of chipotle chocolate and Earl Grey sriracha ice cream.
How did it happen? Well for one thing, nothing neutralizes a rambunctious preschooler like knickknack-crammed plexiglass display boxes. For another, this is inventive and frequently terrific pizza.
Two-and-a-half Stars – Good to Excellent
The Infamous Pizza Brain [Philadelphia magazine]
Pizza Brain [Official Site]
Little Baby’s Ice Cream [Official Site]
Philadelphia pizza has come a long way in a short time. Vote for the 2013 Best of Philly winner in pizza.
The Great Best of Philly Poll [Philadelphia Magazine]
Craig LaBan reviews Pizza Brain on on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Fresh ingredients and balanced flavors furnish the Guinness World Recorded pizza museum/shop with two bells.
But while there are certainly more exquisite and inventive pizzas in town, Dwyer and partners Ryan Anderson, Mike Carter, and chef Joe Hunter have done a surprisingly respectable job of spinning some worthy variations on the classic crispy American genre. No puffy, personal Neapolitan pies here. This dough, created by sous chef Austin Adams, is touched by the DNA of sourdough starter and delivers personality.
And while the toppings don’t always quite match the zaniness of the pizzas’ names (most culled from Dwyer’s days as a young data-entry Dilbert), they highlight good ingredients and a fine sense of balance.
Two Bells – Very Good
Pizza Brain [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Pizza Brain [Official Site]