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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.


Pennsport

Federal Donuts 1219 S. 2nd Street; 267.687.8258

According to VisitPhilly.com:

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.


Whitman

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:  Lower Moyamensing 

Old School Spotlight: Frangelli’s Bakery

We enjoy bringing you news about the latest restaurants and retail “opening soon” across South Philly.  In “Old School Spotlight” we take a look at a business that’s been around a while but is still vibrant and ready to serve you.  


The Franolli. Photo by Frangelli’s.

Frangelli’s Bakery owner John Colosi is rightfully proud of all his delicious pastries.  Sometimes, though, a parent has a favorite child or two. Colosi’s favorites include his bakery’s old style Philadelphia cheesecake and another, more unique creation…the “Franolli.”  The name of this doughnut, filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and chocolate chip, is a portmanteau of the words Frangelli’s and cannoli. The tasty treat was created by chance in 2012 when John dipped a piece of doughnut in some cannoli filling and loved the combination.  It’s become a fan favorite and even prompted Steve Harvey to do a little dance after trying one on his show.

Frangelli’s was established in 1947 and moved to its current location in the 1990s.  “I grew up at 9th and Jackson across the street from the original Frangelli’s and I’ve been eating these baked goods my whole life,” said Colosi, an affable fellow in his early forties. Colosi bought the bakery eight years ago, after the original owner’s son retired. In addition to being the owner, he’s also the principal baker. His sister Stacy Colosi Gatto is one of his helpers. Continue Reading →

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