If Portland is a town that celebrates its quirkiness, it’s no wonder that Voodoo Doughnut is such a big hit.
The doughnut shop, which started off as just a window selling doughnut treats to late-night bar crawlers in Old Town, is a worldwide sensation, featured in various food media from New York to Tokyo.
Its appeal is its menu of wacky doughnuts, with names such as “Captain My Captain,” “Triple Chocolate Penetration,” “Mango Tango,” “Memphis Mafia,” and “Old Dirty Bastard.” Voodoo Doughnut reminds me a lot of Psycho Donuts in the South Bay, but it definitely has a larger selection of craziness.
When I visited one early morning, I decided to try the “Portland Cream” – a raised doughnut filled with Bavarian cream and a chocolate glaze on top. For fun and no other reason apparently, two tiny eyeballs are placed on top. (My particular one had a bit of a snot too, which the girl who helped me said made it even cuter.)
I really liked the donut and chocolate, which tasted really well made and fresh. But the cream (usually my favorite part) was a bit thin and flat. It needed more fluff.
Still, when you’re not happy with one doughnut, there are tons other to choose from, in all varieties and color. That’s the spell of Voodoo Doughnut, which has Portland eating out of its hands.
Voodoo Doughnut, 22 SW 3rd Ave., Portland. PH: 503.241.4704. Open 24 hours. Cash only. (Two other locations.) voodoodoughnut.com
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