1219 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
I am sure you have all heard the hype about this place. One of the main reasons I waited so long to venture there is that I hate when I go somewhere and am let down. Overexposure tends to do that to a place.
Federal Donuts is on the corner of 2nd and Federal (get it?) in Pennsport.
When you walk in, you will be greeted by delicious-smelling-donuts frying, and a small ordering area. Make sure you are not in a rush, because there is no sense of urgency by the staff (not that there should be). If you get there and there are ten people in line, you may wait 30 minutes until you actually get your food. Which is irksome.
They have "fresh" or "fancy" donuts. I tended to like the "fancy" better.
At the time, they had an apple-walnut special that was quite delicious. Not overly thick, but nicely chewy with a touch of sweetness from the crumb topping. Big fan. Another fancy version that I really enjoyed was the Key Lime. It came with a deep red glaze on it, sesame seeds and had a nice sour kick.
The regular donuts are less impressive. I tried the Indian Cinnamon (nothing too special), and the Vanilla-Lavender (pictured below). The Vanilla-Lavender was a bit too heavy and tasted more like cinnamon than it did either lavender or vanilla. In fact, I thought I was served the wrong donut and actually asked if it was rightfully the one I had ordered. Although they graciously asked if I would like another one instead, I passed and continued searching for the long lost namesake ingredients.
One of the other high points is the coffee. Cold brewed coffee is one of my favorite ways to start the day, and they do a bang-up job at making the stuff. Fried chicken will be tried upon my next venture down, and I am excited for the results. If you are going for donuts, stick with the fancy and get yourself some coffee. Delicious.