First Taste

Welcome Chicken + Donuts in Phoenix: Asian Fried Chicken and Kick-Ass Artisan Donuts

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Welcome Chicken + Donuts Location: 1535 E. Buckeye Rd, Phoenix Open: Less than a week Eats: Fried chicken, donuts Price: $12 - $15/person

Chances are that if you've been to Welcome Diner then you already know chef Michael Babcock has a way with fried chicken. It's been on the menu in sandwich form since even before the he and Welcome Diner co-owner Jenn Robinson found their restaurant's brick-and-mortar home.

Now he's given his fried chicken the spotlight -- or at least, half of one. At Welcome Chicken + Donuts the name of game is exactly as it sounds: Bone-in fried chicken and artisan donuts. And if you're a fan of either or just love good food, you'll want to get over there ASAP.

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Lauren Saria
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