Federal Donuts (Philadelphia, PA)

We haven’t tasted a ton of donuts this summer, it’s true.

We had more of an intention to, but we got a little de-railed. Duc had to win the primary so he could run for 2nd Ward Alderperson on Ithaca’s common council; meanwhile, had to be the Communications Director for his campaign.

I mean, we had to.

Good thing he won the primary!

Ducson Nguyen for Ithaca Common Council

Otherwise, the donuts might have been mad at us.

There there, sweet donuts. It’ll all be alright.

MORE than alright, actually. Upon return to donut-land from the campaign trail, we were immediately greeted by this text from our friend Eric:

“My campaign contribution/celebration is Philly’s Federal Donuts. Dropping them off while swinging through Ithaca tomorrow.”

WHAT??

Amazing.

We’ve said it once but we’ll say it again. Over and over and over. We’re lucky people.

Federal Donuts

OK, so most simply put, Federal Donuts is what dreams are made of.

They’ve combined two amazing fried things into one deliciously efficient one-stop shop: donuts and fried chicken. Every order of chicken comes with a donut. WTF.

Federal Donuts Philadelphia

We have to put a disclaimer on here — we tasted these donuts two days old. That’s like 75 years old, in human years. Donuts age FAST.

And yet, we blasted through 5 of them. These were silver-fox donuts. They may have been old, but they were lookin’ gooood.

Actually, they didn’t look good. They looked terrible:

Federal Donuts Philadelphia

As stated previously, donuts don’t age very well. We had low expectations.

These donuts, though, were pretty amazing. They were all cake donuts — each donut was made with the same dough, the only difference between each being the toppings. In addition to your standard chocolate and plain glazed donuts, we sampled the lemon ricotta, grapefruit brulee, and strawberry shortcake varieties.

Each topping was tasty — the chocolate glaze actually tasted like rich chocolate (there’s a first time for everything) and the lemon ricotta glaze was intense, bright, and lemony.

Two days old — we were floored. Even the dough, which should have suffered the most during the aging process, was moist, flavorful, and interesting, seasoned with simple cakey flavors that most donuts get wrong.

Both of us could have easily continued eating these donuts for a very long time.

So we have to assume, day of, they’d easily be ranked a 5.

Thanks, Eric, for your contribution.

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