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If you believe in eating dessert first, you’ll be in good company here. 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 (Apollonian spice, vanilla lavender). If you still have room, order Korean-style fried chicken topped with glaze and dry seasonings.
Federal Donuts, 1219 South Second Street, Philadelphia (federaldonuts.com).
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