Around eight months ago, Arthur Cavaliere, chef-owner of the popular East Falls southern Italian restaurant, In Riva, and his developer partner were considering which neighborhood-friendly concept would fit into the 4213 Ridge Avenue space. Would it be burgers? Would it be barbecue? After mulling over the specifics, the two settled on fried chicken, and thus, Foghorn was born. The fried chicken spot opened quietly last Wednesday, August 24.
The inspiration behind Foghorn's name is two-part: there's Foghorn Leghorn, the Southern-accented Looney Tune chicken, and there are boat foghorns used to signal rowers on the nearby Schuylkill river (which also explains the logo atop).
Foghorn sells, what it calls, "Philly-style" fried chicken. Cavaliere explains, "Philly is a dip and condiment-heavy city." So he wanted a fried chicken that could stand up to the many dips on Foghorn's menu (right). The chicken gets brined, then double-breaded, then dunked for a shell so crispy and crunchy, "if some of the breading falls off, you'll have something to dip with."
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, until 10 p.m. on weekends, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays.