Federal Donuts on Saturday?
I'd like to finally try the chicken at Federal Donuts on Saturday around lunchtime before heading to the Antique Show. Any advice on when I need to show up, and how long I will need to wait in line? Anyone been there recently on a Saturday?
All I can say is FD had better be dang good. I can't think of many places worth waiting in line for (maybe half-off day at Per Se?)!
Weekends are easier because I believe they stay open longer. If you want to have it for lunch. I would queue up at 11:30.
i went on a saturday once. i happened to get there around 1130a, and the place was not yet packed, but they were also not yet giving out the ticket/queue numbers. so i got donuts (all the fancies were already sold out) and waited around inside. around 1145a or so, they started handing out tickets, and i think i was like 15th order.
i should mention that when they hand out the tickets, you need to specify how many tickets you want, where 1 ticket = 6 wings OR half chicken. i don't believe there is a limit on how many tickets you request.
so while i was given the 15th and 16th tickets, there were only 4-5 people ahead of me in line.
i think i waited maybe 30 minutes from the time i got my tickets, to the time i walked out the door with the chicken. (so more like 45 minutes total wait time since i got there at 1130a)
at 1145a the place was jammed, so just be prepared to possibly be waiting with a lot of people in the tiny storefront.
but i think getting there around 1130a is a good time.
i liked the chicken, but i honestly didn't think it was 'mind-blowing'. i can make better fried chicken at home using d.chang's recipe in momofuku, but to me, it's the seasonings that elevate the chicken. i feel like the chicken was a little on the salty side, probably due to over-brining.
the chicken is good, but I agree, not the best I ever had. If you should up bout 1130, actually grab a seat at the counter, you can be out within an hour it moves pretty fast, and staff is effeciient. Its fun to do like once or with a whole lot of people.