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

A line typically forms outside of Voodoo Doughnuts in Old Town Portland with many customers walking away with pink boxes filled with crazy doughnuts.

Customers look over the extensive menu while in line, or they can look at the eclectic decor inside.

These doughnuts look pretty tame when compared to other more colorful choices. But the large chocolate one in the back is called “Cock N Balls.” Yep, you read that right.

Don’t know who the people are in the stained glass. It gave the place a Grateful Dead vibe.

My “Portland Cream” doughnut with mini face to greet me.

More doughnut options twirling around the glass case.

This sign hangs over the original window where Voodoo Doughnut creators sold their wacky treats 24 hours a day. Now they have three locations.

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2 Responses to Keeping Doughnuts Weird in Portland

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    The chocolate donuts are the ones to get, as the bitterness of the chocolate cuts through the sweetness of the rest of it. I tried a few of the donuts there on a trip a year ago. They’re fun and creative, but boy are they tooth-achingly sweet! 😉

    • Ben Ben says:

      Carolyn, I can imagine how the other flavors could be super sweet, especially with all those added cereals or candy toppings. The Portland Cream was mostly chocolate on top, and while sweet, it was counterbalanced by the donut itself.