Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

For childhood friends Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, it all started as a love of hockey and a good old- fashioned fondness for American comfort food. The first native Washingtonians to play for the Washington Capitals, Halpern and Spaisman grew up playing the sport together in Montgomery County, Md., often meeting for a post-game doughnut off the ice.

As adults, the two food lovers forged their childhood pastime into a local eatery offering lighthearted interpretations of two comfort food favorites: doughnuts and fried chicken. Leveraging Spaisman’s experience at Balducci’s (formerly Sutton Place Gourmet), the duo found ways to add a modern spin to classic recipes with inventive seasonal flavors, culturally relevant releases and sandwiches combining both items for a new take on the traditional southern combo of waffles and fried chicken.