While the whole food universe falls over itself to heap praise upon Philly-based Federal Donuts—which we are part of and which they truly deserve—there's no denying who holds the old school yeast-raised doughnut crown: Frangelli's in South Philly. Their prices haven't changed much since the 1970s, and the recipes haven't either, but in both cases that's a damn good thing.
Their glazed doughnuts glisten in the fluorescent lights, and the chocolate-dipped are a warm gooey mess. In the fall, they make a mind-blowing pumpkin doughnut sprinkled with granulated sugar, and in the sweltering heat, they rock their signature ice cream doughnut. Yes, that's a doughnut stuffed with a slab of neopolitan ice cream.
So, it's no accident that the owners of the South Philly landmark drive around the neighborhood with a Frangelli's logo emblazoned on the spare cover of their Jeep Wrangler, and proudly display an official PA vanity plate featuring the word "DONUT."