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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Celebrate National Doughnut Day in South Philly!

National Doughnut Day, or, if you prefer, National Donut Day, is celebrated in the U.S. on the first Friday of June of each year (pssst…that’s TODAY!). The event evolved out of the Doughnut event created by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to honor their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

To honor this important culinary milestone we’ve compiled the following guide with some help from our friends at Zagat’s, Visit Philly, and an online review or two.

Photo by Frangelli’s Bakery

Please let us know places we missed (we’re sure there’s a few) and we’ll add them to the list. National chains were not covered in this piece.

The Donut ‘Work-out’?

For a “best of ” introduction to South Philly donuts, check out Zagat’s South Philly Donut Crawl. This trail promises “a morning immersed in sugary comfort,” with stops at Federal Donuts, Frangelli’s Bakery, Varallo Brothers Pasticceria, and Potito’s Bakery. Note that Grubhouse has unfortunately left South Philly since this piece was created.

Bella Vista / Italian Market

Golden Donut901 S. 9th St.; 215-592-8569

According to a Google review by “Eric K.,”

Excellent donuts. What more do you need to know?

East Passyunk

Varallo Brothers Pasticceria1639 S. 10th St.; 215-952-0367

According to Zagat:

If you even mention the word D-U-N-K-I-N to the family that runs this Morris Street bakeshop, you’ll be laughed out of the store. While Italian pastries are a specialty, donuts have been made here for more than three decades. Look for glazed and jelly yeast donuts as well as crullers.

Lower Moyamensing

Amigos Bakery2327 S 12th St.; 215-462-7320

Amigos opened in 2014, as reported here. Since then, we’ve enjoyed our share of their tasty treats. Their signature Tres Leches Cake is divine, as is their square cheesecake. BUT, it’s donut day, and their cream-filled donuts are our go-to fave!

Frangelli’s Bakery847 West Ritner Street; 215-271-7878

Opened in 1947, Frangelli’s doughnuts were billed as one of the “Dozen Best Donuts in America” by Huffington Post. These doughnuts are made fresh each day and filled as-you-order. Since Friday’s going to be hot, consider Frangelli’s ice cream doughnut which we wrote about here.

Passyunk Square

Amelie’s Bark Shop1544 E. Passyunk Ave. 267-758-6151

Our canine friends & family love donuts too! Amelie’s Bark Shop has dog-friendly treats in these flavors: cheesesteak, strawberry coconut, peanut crumble, and carob banana. Available while supplies last.


Federal Donuts 1219 S. 2nd Street; 267.687.8258

According to

Early risers can choose from fancy donuts with changing flavors that have included the likes of lemon gingersnap, maple bacon and chocolate caramel banana.

The made-fresh-all-day hot-and-fresh donuts arrive straight from the fryer and are dusted with sugary strawberry lavender, cinnamon and more.

West of Broad

Potito’s Bakery1614 W. Ritner St.; 215-334-2996

According to Zagat:

Best-known for cannoli, this bakery just West of Broad also does donuts, and you can even get them with the signature ricotta filling. Also available filled with Bavarian cream, the donuts are made from croissant batter and deep-fried.


Baker Brothers (formerly Hier’s)2300 S. 3rd St.; 215-468-8095

Donuts are baked fresh daily at this 3rd & Wolf bakery. All baking is done on the premises, some from original recipes that date back 50-plus years.
In a Yelp review, “Penelope M.” from Cherry Hill, NJ wrote about Baker Brothers’ donuts:
Sugar twist – so light & airy that it can be finished in a few happy bites

Vanilla crueller – better than any other you’ve ever had

Powdered creme – so soft and fresh & not disgustingly overfilled like some other places

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Federal Donuts is closed for maintenance in Pennsport, to reopen in late August

The (original) Federal Donuts in Pennsport will be temporarily closed at least until Aug. 25 to take care of some maintenance issues.

Pennsport location, pic from Philly Phoodie

Pennsport location, pic from Philly Phoodie

Federal Donuts, located at 1219 S. 2nd Street (Manton Street), told us that the “shop needs some love” and that they’ll be back with new flavors after the repairs and deep cleaning are completed. They didn’t say exactly what needed to be repaired, but the promise of new flavors is an exciting proposition.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square :  Point Breeze 

South Philly’s Best of Philly winners – and there are plenty of them

best-of-philly-2013Once again, South Philly represented a disproportionate share of Best of Philly winners in Philly mag’s August issue, which marked the 40th year the publication has been running this list.

Some winners are not surprises, but they’re honors just the same. Then there are some quirky little winners like the best car wash. Ok.

Without further ado…


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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Do you want free FedNuts fried chicken for life?

Sure you do. Channeling their inner Willy Wonka, the folks at Federal Donuts are holding a contest on Saturday, July 6, aka National Fried Chicken Day.


The donut/chicken slingers will be giving away 10 tickets mixed in with chicken orders at the Pennsport location at 1219 S. 2nd St. and their Center City location on Sansom Street near 16th.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Federal Donuts finally confirms its stand at CBP, which also plans a Victory beer garden

Federal Donuts and Aramark finally announced their new stand that’s opening at Citizens Bank Park this season, the Insider reports.

Pennsport location, pic from Philly Phoodie

Pennsport location, pic from Philly Phoodie

We were the first to break the story one month ago today, and we have to say, this one feels pretty good. Several doubters came out of the woodwork to question our report because FedNuts wouldn’t confirm what we found out. But there you have it.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Federal Donuts opening stand at Citizens Bank Park

Love Federal Donuts, but can’t stand the long lines, waits, and sell outs of their Center City and Pennsport locations?

Well, there will still undoubtedly be lines and waits, but starting this spring, you can also get your Fednuts fix at Federal Donuts at Citizens Bank Park.

Pennsport location, pic from Philly Phoodie

Taking over half of the Alley Grill in the left field plaza, the CBP FD’s menu will consist of the signature fried birds and a tight rotation of donuts. The left field plaza location puts Federal Donuts within a bones’ throw of the ever-popular Schmitter, so get your arteries ready for a long summer.

No official word yet on what they’ll do differently at this location, but we are hoping for some signature flavors at the ballpark. Also no word yet on how this affects new outfielder Delmon Young’s contractual weight-loss clause.

– Anthony Sica, @Anthony_Sica

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