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Philly’s Insanely Popular Fried Chicken and Donut Shop Is Popping Up in SF

It’s all for the launch of its new cookbook

Fried chicken and doughnuts from Federal Donuts
Nick Solares

Federal Donuts, the crazy popular Philly restaurant that serves only coffee, fried chicken, and doughnuts, is coming all the way to San Francisco for a limited time only.

It’s part of the book tour from chefs Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, and partner Tom Henneman of Federal Donuts, celebrating the launch of “Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story.”

The restaurant is known for its doughnuts in flavors like strawberry lavender, cookies ‘n’ cream, blueberry pancake, and white chocolate cherry. At the restaurant, the addictive fried chicken comes with a honey doughnut, and choice of dry seasoning (za’atar, coconut curry, buttermilk ranch), wet glaze (chili garlic, sweet soy garlic, honey ginger) or naked.

Unfortunately, there will be only one opportunity to feast on Federal Donuts doughnuts (and no fried chicken), though there will be two other dinners at which chef Solomonov (who is also behind Philadephia’s Zahav, and Dizengoff in New York) will cook with some of San Francisco’s very talented chefs. It’s all part of the Jewish Community Center’s city-wide pop-up series, which focus on sharing culture with all parts of the community. See below for the lineup:

Zahav Hanukkah Dinner
What: A cocktail reception, Hanukkah candle lighting, conversation with the chefs and dinner with dishes from chef Michael Solomonov’s Zahav and Rachel Aronow of the Alembic.
Details: Thursday, December 14 at 5 p.m. at the Alembic (1725 Haight Street); tickets are $175.

Hanukkah Shabbatikkah FRYday
What: Federal Donuts will be available here, with the addition of latkes, Hanukkah cocktails from the Alembic, an olive oil tasting, a chocolate and bagel tasting from Boichik Bagels, a conversation with the chefs, and more.
Details: Friday, December 15 at 5 p.m. It’s free to attend, and all are welcome at the JCC (3200 California Street); first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of the book.

Federal DUNA
What: Try lángos, a traditional Hungarian fried dough, that have been enhanced with Federal Donuts toppings. Meet and greet with the chefs at the book signing.
Details: Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at DUNA (983 Valencia Street); tickets include a copy of the book, 3 lángos, and coffee for $27.

The Alembic

1725 Haight Street, , CA 94117 (415) 666-0822 Visit Website


983 Valencia Street, , CA 94110 (415) 484-1206 Visit Website