Portlandia: Voodoo Doughnuts

by Chris on July 6, 2011

Gotta get some donuts: Our pilgrimage to Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland

 

Voodoo donuts, Portland

Where: Voodoo Doughnuts has several locations in Portland, as well as one in Eugene. We lined up at the one downtown, on SW 3rd Avenue, which has recently undergone renovations.

Voodoo donuts, Portland

Why we went: A 24-hour punk rock donut house that offers a signature Voodoo Doll doughnut? What’s not to love? Plus, I love their naughty slogan, “The Magic is in the Hole” and the signature pink box (which reads “Good things come in pink boxes.”)

Voodoo donuts, Portland

Who’s there: On a glorious July Saturday morning, the line outside Voodoo stretched down the block. After others in line told us it was worth the wait, we settled in for about 45 minutes. Everyone around us seemed to be from Seattle. Guess Top Pot would have some serious competition, should Voodoo move north of the state line.

Voodoo donut, Portland

Chowing down: So many choices! Donuts topped with Fruit Loops. Donuts dusted with Tang. Donuts in the shape of a blunt. Donuts as large as your head (no, really. The Texas Challenge donut is the size of six regular donuts put together. The website says that if you can eat it in 80 seconds or less, you get your money back).

We weren’t quite that committed. But we knew there was no way we could each pick just one. Finally, we settled on four to go: The Portland Cream, the Voodoo Doll, the Bacon Maple Bar and a monster peach fritter covered in frosting.

Voodoo donut, Portland

Libations: Stumptown coffee, of course.

Voodoo donut, Portland

Order this: The Portland Creme, with its two eyes peering at you, may look too cute to eat. But when you take a bite of its yeasty goodness, paired with Bavarian cream, you want to shout to the world, “Damn, this is one fine donut!”

I had my doubts about the peach fritter, pictured above. Frosting on a fritter just seemed too much. But we saved it until the final Monday of our trip and I have to say, whoever decided to put more sugar on top of sugar is a genius. The frosting took the fritter to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Voodoo donut, Portland

Meh: The guy ahead of us in line swore by the Maple Bacon Bar. “Imagine the way your bacon tastes when the maple syrup from your pancakes runs into it,” he said. Sold! But we found the maple icing way too sweet for the two slices of bacon to even make a dent.

Voodoo donut, Portland

The damage: Doughnuts range from $1.95 for the Voodoo Doll doughnut to more than $5 for the cock n’ balls, which I’m told is VERY popular at Portland bachelorette parties.

Voodoo donut, Portland

Go back: Definitely. The Old Dirty Bastard – a yeast donut covered with chocolate frosting, Oreo toppings and peanut butter – is calling me. And I didn’t know there was a donut with M&Ms on top until I looked at the website later. Clearly, I should have done more research.

Deets: Voodoo Doughnuts is cash only, but don’t worry, there’s an ATM inside. Because of the renovations, the 3rd Avenue store isn’t open 24 hours again yet (it opened at 10 a.m. on the Saturday we were there).

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

jade July 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I love bacon, but I’m not sure I could eat that bacon maple donut!

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Joanie D. July 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I can’t wait to check out this place in Portland! I’m heading down there in a few weeks. Thanks for the heads up. There’s nothing like finding a great donut joint!

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Jeff July 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I recently heard of this place and I’m dying to go!

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Kent @ NVR July 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm

We knew this would happen. The jealous-making Portland posts start! Isn’t that place fun?

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Chris July 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

All – Voodoo is DEFINITELY worth a stop. So much fun. I love how Portland has found a way to apply their inherent hipness to donuts, of all things.

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Sherry July 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

By far one of my favorite spots in Portland. I just love their creativity. All their flavors, though sometimes seemly a weird mixture, usually blends together very well. My mouth is watering right now!

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Cailin July 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm

BACON ON A DOUGHNUT!!!!!!!!!! CRAZY!!!!!!!!!

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Don Faust July 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Cailin – it really does taste like maple syrup from your pancakes running into the bacon. We had to dump it after eating half of it though – the maple frosting was way too sugary for us.

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Joshywashington July 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

I would crawl through thorns for a bacon topped maple bar right now!

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Laura @ GotChocolate September 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

HAAAA HAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! LOVE THESE!!!!

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Chris Booth October 24, 2011 at 4:42 am

Those are some naughty doughnuts. Voodoo doughnut – brings to mind when you chew the arms, legs, and finally the head off of a jelly baby. Mu-ha-haaaaa…

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Dayna December 18, 2011 at 7:49 am

Aw, I love the Maple Bacon Bar! But to each his own – Voodoo is one of my favorite Portland spots. It’s well worth waiting in the line that many times stretches around the corner! Great post.

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