Federal Donuts wasn't the first to pair fried chicken and doughnuts, but it's certainly the most successful with a burgeoning empire that's even expanded to that haute-food-wasteland, the ballpark.
FedNuts' fried chicken, admiringly spotlighted in the New York Times, is golden and juicy, served either seasoned—dusted with tart buttermilk ranch—or glazed—coated in sticky-sweet honey ginger sauce, served in a cardboard box with with a warm honey donut along for the ride. Incidentally, the shop is celebrating National Fried Chicken Day on July 6 by giving away 10 Golden Tickets at both the Pennsport and Center City sites.
But, Philly's finger-licking-good fried chicken game is strong all over town, from Chef Anne Coll's perennial Korean fried chicken special at Meritage to the cult favorite KFC at Cheltenham's Cafe Soho, which was actually the inspiration behind Mike Solo's FedNuts birds. But, enough talk. Here are the 10 Fried Chicken Dishes to Try Before You Die, in no particular order.