I found myself in Tupelo, Mississippi a few years ago looking for breakfast. An employee at the front desk of our hotel recommended the blueberry donuts at Connie’s Chicken. I was skeptical, who would think about donuts at a fried chicken house? Turns out, they were some of the best donuts I have ever enjoyed. In the morning Connie’s serves up blueberry donuts, coffee, and biscuits and gravy. In the afternoon, you can stop by Connie’s and grab some of their world famous fried chicken. Donuts and fried chicken under one roof? Interesting.
Fast forward a few years later when Mr. Beet and I were in Philadelphia. And Federal Donuts came highly recommended from the locals. Donuts and coffee in the morning, fried chicken at night. Comfort food all day.
The first Federal Donuts location opened 2011 in South Philly. Their entire donut inventory would sell out in a little more than 4 hours. Then it was onto fried chicken for the remainder of the day. Today there are six locations around the city, including the one we visited at 16h and Sansom Streets. We did arrive early (abut 8am) and there were a few donuts left.
We walked out with a half dozen including Cookies n’ Cream, Blueberry Lemonade, and S’mores flavors. There are regular donuts- flavored like Cinnamon Brown Sugar and Strawberry Lavender, and also a selection of what they call “fancy” donuts with flavors like Vanilla Rhubarb and Peanut Butter Malt.
Don’t ask us which were our favorite. They were all fresh and still warm enough for the chocolate chips to slowly melt into the donut. I would awake at the crack of the dawn to have these donuts again.
We did not go back for the fried chicken later but it has a serious cult following. Federal Donuts has been open less than a decade and yet has amassed a huge loyal following. We need an iconic place like this in Orlando for donuts. 5 out of 5 sprouts.