While we certainly have a special place in our hearts for Federal Donuts, they aren't the only boutique fried chicken option in town anymore. We headed west to Wishbone (4034 Walnut St.) to sample their craft fried chicken menu.
The University City space, a former Lee's Hoagies has been transformed into a really lovely space with exposed brick, rustic exposed beams and some very classy Christmas decor. The menu is brief, a choice of pretzel-crusted white meat tenders and dark thighs and drumsticks or wings paired with a selection of schmancy dipping sauces like chipotle lime mayo and Pommery honey mustard. To round out the meal there are petite seasonal handpies (think pecan, pumpkin and apple) plus a New Hope fountain featuring health(ish) soda options like watermelon cream, Italian lemon and skinny cane cola.
The verdict? The pretzel-crusted tenders were damned good, sort of like a gown up take on chicken fingers and even better with a side of green goddess. We could do without the cloying Thai red curry dipping sauce. And we've got to say we're suckers for the fountain Pennsylvania birch beer.