federal donuts

If you’re not already aware, Federal Donuts is the joint partnership between Felicia D’Ambrosio (Meal Ticket), Steve Cook & Mike Solomonov (Zahav), and Bobby Logue & Tom Henneman (Bodhi Coffee) which serves up hot and fancy donuts, two kinds of dry and glazed fried chicken, and coffee.

fancy donuts (cw from top left): key lime, white chocolate raspberry, apple walnut, pomegranate nutella tehina, chocolate spicy peanut, lemon poppy

FedNuts offers three different varieties of hot donuts: vanilla lavender, appolonia spice, and Indian cinnamon. I’ve tried the appolonia spice and the vanilla lavender. There are several more varieties of the fancy donuts though, from lemon poppy to apple walnut. The pomegranate nutella tehina and chocolate spicy peanut donuts are my favorite fancies, hands down.

harissa fried chicken

FedNuts’s fried chicken is crazy good. The two dry varieties are za’atar (picutred at the very top of this post) and harissa. Both had crunchy, flavorful skin with moist, juicy meat underneath. The glazed chicken flavors are chile-garlic and honey-ginger. The chile-garlic has a good kick of spice. The honey-ginger was less saucy and had a pleasant sweet taste with hints of ginger. The glazed chicken comes with a delicious honey donut. Both the dry and glazed chicken come with a side of Japanese pickles. Easily the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.

glazed fried chicken (honey-garlic on left, chile-garlic on right)

Remember the craziness back in October when chicken was being sold out by noon? Well, the craze has definitely calmed down since. I was at FedNuts till 3 pm last week and there was still a good amount of chicken left! Also, they’re now serving wings for consumption during your Sunday football watching.

Federal Donuts
1219 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

hill country chicken

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll recall my visit to Hill Country. Since that visit, the same guys opened up Hill Country Chicken in Flatiron. I joined a couple friends for lunch there a couple weeks ago.

They offer two different kinds of fried chicken, Hill Country Classic or Mama Els’ Recipe. Classic is just how you’d expect and the Mama Els is fried chicken without the skin. I know that fried chicken without the skin sounds crazy. I definitely did.

classic in the foreground, mama els in the background

maker's mark bourbon pecan pie

I ordered a thigh of each kind. The classic was delicious with crispy, tasty skin and a juicy inside. The Mama Els was surprisingly great. It was so full of flavor that it didn’t even need the skin. Of course, I’ll probably choose the classic if I had to pick one though. In addition to the chicken, I got to try some of the pecan pie my friend got. Quite delicious as well. Did I mention that there was Maker’s Mark in it?

Hill Country Chicken
1123 Broadway
New York, NY 10010

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meme – fried chicken

It took a long time but I finally made it out a few weeks ago to have Meme’s fried chicken which is only available on Thursdays for lunch.

A friend and I met up to try this highly spoken of fried chicken. With the fried chicken, you get the option of adding a side and a choice of lemonade, iced tea, or a beer. Of course, I went with the beer. Everything I read up to this point mentioned receiving the Champagne of Beers, so I was pretty pumped. Unfortunately, I received an Amstel Light…maybe they ran out?

Beer aside, the chicken was pretty delicious. I was served a thigh and leg piece. Excellent choices since I’m all about the dark meat. It came with a tasty and moist corn muffin and a buffalo dipping sauce. I took some bites with and some without the sauce. Couldn’t quite tell whether I enjoyed it more with or without, but it was great nonetheless. The added side was corn on the cob which was quite good.

Meme’s fried chicken lunch was great. If I had gotten a High Life, things would have been fantastic. Unfortunately, I started my new gig already so it’s going to be a while until I get another opportunity to try this. If you have a free Thursday, definitely come and check it out!

2201 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA

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Last Saturday was World Foodspotting Day and to celebrate the first birthday of Foodspotting, several foodspotters around the world met up with others to eat and “spot”!

Chef Levin of Adsum in Philadelphia put together a special brunch menu for the day. The menu consisted of a breakfast poutine, fried chicken & waffles, and a specialty cocktail. The breakfast poutine had duck fat fries topped with brown gravy, sausage gravy, mozzarella curd, and a fried egg. The fried chicken and waffles were topped with a jalapeno maple syrup. Lastly, the specialty cocktail was called the Figure Study, consisting of SNAP, fig sorbet, champagne, and Peychaud bitters.

fried chicken & waffles w/ jalapeno maple syrup

I’m pretty sure I would have gone with the breakfast poutine, especially since I’ve heard their super poutine off their dinner menu is awesome, but since I consumed poutine-ish fries the night before, I had to decline. My body just said no to the consumption of gravy covered fries twice within 24 hours. In lieu of the poutine, I went for the fried chicken & waffles. It was delicious. The combination of jalapeno with the maple syrup was interesting and tasty. Wish I had room to try other food cause the menu looked pretty awesome.

It was great to run into some familiar faces as well as meet some new ones. Huge thanks to Chef Levin and the Adsum crew, Alexis of teaspoons & petals, and of course, Foodspotting!

700 S 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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