Redcrest Fried Chicken Review

The East Passyunk neighborhood has a new dining spot: Redcrest Fried Chicken, which opened February 1st. My family and I had an opportunity to check it out and here is what you need to know.

Chef Adam Volk and his partner Adam, offers multiple menu choices. Buttermilk and spicy curry fried chicken (the latter with Thai red curry and chilies) available in whole, half, and quarter birds, plus chicken sandwiches, popcorn chicken, and wings. Sandwich flavors include spicy, buttermilk, barbecue, and buffalo. Sides include buttermilk biscuits, fries, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, coleslaw, vegetables, and corn pudding.

For dessert: buttermilk soft serve, floats, and sundaes, and bread pudding made with biscuits.

We tried out the buttermilk and spicy chicken sandwiches, which are filling and flavorful. The fried chicken is crispy and full of flavor without being salty. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich comes with Garlic Aioli, Spicy Pickles, Shredded Romaine. The Redcrest Sandwich comes with Spicy Mayo, Shredded Romaine. The chicken is tender and juicy and surprisingly filling.

Chef Adam is from the Philly suburbs but made his name in New York as a partner in two Brooklyn eateries: The Exley and Esme, where he’s also executive chef and spent some time testing out his fried chicken recipe. So when he and his wife, veterinarian Emily Hughes Volk, also from Philly, moved back home, he was well prepared to focus on chicken full-time.

If you go:

  • Parking is on street and tight. There is a municipal lot but we usually find meter parking.
  • The restaurant is only a 1000 feet and while there are a few seats, this is not really a place to sit, eat and have a leisurely conversation – especially when there is a crowd.
  • Redcrest takes cash or charge (yay!)
  • There are dairy free options.

Redcrest Fried Chicken is located at 1525 S. 11th Street, on the corner of South 11th Street from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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