Federal Donuts

Donut Shop and Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
Queen Village - Pennsport, Philadelphia
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  • The experts at Eater and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
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  • Lisa Anne M.
    "few fancy donuts"(6 Tips)
    Ian
    "Try the chili-garlic sauce The hot donuts are the best!"(5 Tips)
    Allie I.
    "From chef Michael Solomonov, FedNuts has the masses clamoring for its..."(3 Tips)
    Laura B.
    "Get the lavender vanilla!"(3 Tips)
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  • Paul S.
    Paul SanwaldFebruary 6, 2016
    The glazed "fancy" doughnuts are great, but get at least one warm doughnut, it's part of the fun! Chocolate eclair and black and white glazed are really good.
  • Lisa Anne M.
    Lisa Anne MuirAugust 23, 2013
    Wkdy:Head in around 10 if u want 2catch a few fancy donuts- flip down a counter stool, soak in madness while u sip coffee(iced is yum) & POSSIBLY be there in time for 1st chance @chicken- omg butrmlk!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChinJanuary 18, 2015
    I love a fancy donut but a warm, sugared donut fresh out of the fryer is the way to go. Fried chicken before 11am is an extra bonus (served with a honey donut) if you get here early!
  • Ian
    IanJune 1, 2013
    They open at 7a...Chicken at 11...wings at noon. The chicken is worth the wait. Try the chili-garlic sauce The hot donuts are the best!
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    From chef Michael Solomonov, FedNuts has the masses clamoring for its blend of specialty cake donuts, strong coffee and Korean fried chicken. Be sure to arrive before noon; birds sell out in minutes.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    Despite all the wild flourishes of color and flavor, the plain honey doughnut that comes alongside every order of chicken is still the best breakfast weapon in the FedNuts arsenal.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 25, 2011
    Just make sure you arrive early whenever you do stop by: The crowds are already massive, even this short into its run. Good Korean fried chicken will do that to a city. Read more
  • Felicia H.
    Felicia HernandezAugust 2, 2012
    unbelievable fried chicken - definitely try the buttermilk ranch and wash it down with a Jones cream soda - totally worth the hype!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SmithAugust 1, 2013
    The sticky bun donut is perfect, but they should totally make a waffle flavored donut to go with the fried chicken!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 19, 2011
    Federal's donuts are made by...ROBOTS!!! Get these thick cake-style 'nuts rolled in standard sugar or cocoa, or filled with the amazing vanilla-cardamom custard. Read more
  • NBC Philadelphia
    NBC PhiladelphiaOctober 25, 2011
    Opened Oct. 17, 2011, ft. gourmet doughnuts, fried chicken, coffee and more. The chicken goes on sale at 11am and quickly sells out. The donuts are typically gone by noon as well. Foodies rejoice.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TorreDecember 19, 2011
    The harissa fried chicken is, hands down, the best fried chicken I've ever had. Crispy but NOT greasy, and tons of delicious flavor. Can't wait to go back.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 14, 2014
    A cult favorite among Philadelphians, Federal fills its donuts with innovative flavors (halvah pistachio, chocolate-covered banana) or dusts with the sugar blend of your choice (vanilla lavender).
  • Dave F.
    Dave FishmanMarch 24, 2013
    If you love fried chicken and hot donuts, make Federal Donuts in Philly your new Mecca. Just get there early and don't expect a seat.
  • Shana B.
    Shana BurnsJanuary 2, 2012
    Get here by 12:30pm to make sure you get your fried chicken (love honey ginger and buttermilk ranch) and just HOPE there are doughnuts left.
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoOctober 8, 2013
    Their cake-y donuts are out of this world—try the vanilla lavender or Indiana cinnamon. Oh, and eat em' while they're hot!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WeberSeptember 16, 2016
    All donuts here are great. Super moist and great flavors. The hot donuts are bonkers though. Awesome coffee too.
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalFebruary 17, 2012
    Wait on line for the fried chicken; it's worth every minute! Yes, their donuts are also to die for, particularly, Federal's Key Lime. - CBS Philly Read more
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RaymondFebruary 7, 2013
    Honey doughnuts. If you come after 11:45 a.m., pair them with the James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov’s take on fried chicken.
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinJune 3, 2015
    "Fried chicken and donuts?" you ask, a bit perplexed. "Don't worry about it, just do it." Is the only appropriate response.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DillonDecember 7, 2013
    Amazing. And the ladies at the counter were super friendly. Hit the spot on a cold December Saturdee
  • Joe W.
    Joe WojoNovember 26, 2015
    While everything is great, the rotation of fancy donuts are absolutely amazing. Best. Donuts. Ever.
  • Kristie L.
    Kristie LeungJune 12, 2014
    If you've never tried them, go for the fancy donuts, but don't forget to get a few hot donuts too 🍩
  • Penn A.
    Penn AppetitFebruary 19, 2012
    Pete Wells and Penn Appetit agree: this place is special. Get there early to catch the ever changing donut flavors!
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the harissa chicken! The donut flavors charge every so often; if the banana caramel is available order that!
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneAugust 19, 2012
    Definitely lives up to the hype. The Harissa Chicken and Pomegranate Nutella Donut are the best!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2012
    Mike Solomonov's fried chicken and doughnuts have become legendary in very short order. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Concierge
    ConciergeNovember 22, 2011
    They start selling chicken at 11:45 a.m. But if you get there early, they'll offer a free wing for you to enjoy!
  • Lori O.
    Lori OJuly 7, 2013
    it's worth waiting for them to make the lavender vanilla donut .. oh.my.goodness. SO delicious!
  • Alice C.
    Alice ChinJuly 5, 2014
    $1.25 for freshly fried donuts...can't complain. Fancy donuts were sold out by the time we got there after 1pm.
  • Kirstin B.
    Kirstin BaltuskonisSeptember 19, 2012
    "Fancy Donuts" for $2? YES PLEASE! The Strawberry Rhubarb Pie & Pomegranate Nutella today are AMAZING!
  • David C.
    David CullenJune 7, 2012
    Good, but not as amazing as everyone makes it out to be! Definitely the freshest around though!
  • Ciara G.
    Ciara GDecember 27, 2012
    Skip the "fancies" go for the "hots". Lavender Vanilla was dreamy.
  • zippy
    zippyApril 8, 2014
    The cinnamon and spice donuts ate made to order. Hot, fresh, and delicious.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WJanuary 7, 2015
    Fried chicken and fried donuts? A match made in heaven
  • Jahy T.
    Jahy TseJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mango-Chili Donut its one of the best. Great sweet mango flavor followed up by a bit of heat
  • Candice R.
    Candice RiveraOctober 29, 2015
    You wouldn't think chicken and donuts go together but once you order from here, you'll realize they should never be apart!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 16, 2012
    Go beyond sugar and try these freshly fried doughnuts in Indian cinnamon and lavender-scented vanilla: Read more
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJuly 12, 2015
    Delicious doughnuts and fried chicken combo? What's not to love?
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MAugust 24, 2015
    Hot fresh donuts and fried chicken is all they got and its awesome
  • Casey
    CaseyDecember 17, 2011
    Try the Grapefruit And Brown Sugar Donut - Amazing! Sweet and tart
  • FedNuts
    FedNutsMarch 11, 2014
    On a nice day, grab your lunch and take it around the corner to Jefferson Square park.
  • Casey
    CaseyDecember 17, 2011
    Try the Indian Cinnamon Donut - Just like from farmers market when I was a kid
  • jO
    jOJanuary 20, 2013
    Chicken starts at 11:45am. Arrive a bit earlier, they give out numbers
  • Jon K.
    Jon KOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early, some of the best flavors sell out quick!
  • Joanne Y.
    Joanne YunJune 2, 2012
    Perfect iced coffee made with those chemistry set looking setups.
  • Jessie H.
    Jessie HwangJanuary 2, 2014
    Come early to get wings! They sell out fast.
  • janelle g.
    janelle guntherMay 28, 2012
    arrive around 11-11:15 for an appetizer of donuts followed by the first round of fried chicken.
  • Laura👑
    Laura👑August 11, 2014
    The cold brew was surprisingly good!
  • Russ B.
    Russ BaysmoreJanuary 12, 2012
    Good gourmet donuts And they have gourmet coffee
  • Lance L.
    Coffee and tres leches donut. Boom.
  • Tim C.
    Tim ConheeneyFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Hot half, three plain, three assorted.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Federal Donuts as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Laura B.
    Laura Ball KennedyFebruary 17, 2014
    Get the lavender vanilla!
  • Clay W.
    Clay WilliamsOctober 3, 2012
    Chicken and doughnuts. Why haven't I been here yet??
  • Ted C.
    Ted CichockiOctober 22, 2011
    Amazing! Gets busy. Go early.
  • mle
    mleJuly 20, 2013
    Get the hipster flavored hot donut.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TorreFebruary 15, 2012
    HARISSA FRIED CHICKEN. EAT IT.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Piña Colada doughnut is phenomenal!
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah POctober 23, 2011
    Donuts sold out already and its not even noon. I guess I will try earlier next week
  • Tim P.
    Tim PattonJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The new s'mores donuts are amazing
  • Tony P.
    Tony PyeApril 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love love love these donuts!!!
  • Reggie G.
    Reggie GranadosAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Iced coffee: Good golly Miss Molly!
  • James C.
    James CApril 11, 2015
    Great donuts.
  • Igal G.
    Igal GhitelmanJuly 3, 2015
    Doughnuts.. Duh
  • Tim C.
    Tim ConheeneyJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    It's not nice to refer to Latin American people as robots.
  • Israel P.
    Israel PhillyJuly 19, 2012
    Owned by Chef Michael Solomonov
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse Smith-DowMarch 9, 2012
    Simply amazing!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KennyFebruary 23, 2013
    Pink lemonade donuts!
  • Endless Simmer
    Endless SimmerFebruary 24, 2012
    These donuts mean serious business. Read more
  • Ayaka N.
    Ayaka NonakaJanuary 29, 2012
    Dale Cooper would approve.
  • Chris A.
    Chris ANovember 1, 2011
    The donuts taste terrible and are overpriced
  • Samantha J.
    Samantha JOctober 24, 2011
    Lame.......
  • Paige L.
    Paige L.November 2, 2011
    Eh, donuts were okay.
  • Brkgny
    BrkgnyNovember 16, 2014
    Indian tarcinli olan ve bal kabakli olan donutlar guzel. Donutlar sicak servis edilyor
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