Eating Portland :: DoughnutLand

Eating Portland :: DoughnutLand

Of course, a visit to Portland would not be quite right if it didn’t land me at Voodoo Doughnut at some point. In fact, over my two days in PDX, I went to Voodoo twice, the first time at 12:15 am, when the end of the line rested well inside the front door and there were plenty of fried bits of sweet dough for me and my fellow eaters. That first night, we took back the All-Classic Voodoo Dozen to our hotel room – 12 cakes selected by the staff for only $9.95. You don’t pick your doughnuts but still receive a variety at a nice price. We began sampling as soon as we returned to our room, using a wooden coffee stirrer to cut off bite-sized pieces.

So many choices
So many choices
All-Classic Voodoo Dozen
All-Classic Voodoo Dozen

The purpose of our follow-up trip to Voodoo was to purchase edible take-home gifts for friends and families (yes, I brought with me plenty of foil and Ziploc bags). But since we were out, we figured why not try another renowned doughnut place? One that seemed to be favored by the locals: Blue Star Donuts. While it may lack the variety of Voodoo and serve delights that are pricier, Blue Star holds strong to its motto: Quality Over Quantity. We didn’t go crazy with our purchase but left with what I’d say was a representative sample of their goodies.

The line at mid-day
The line at mid-day
A delectable display
A delectable display at Blue Star
Passed out and went to doughnut heaven
Passed out and went to doughnut heaven

When all was said and tasted, the vote for my absolute, hands-down, first place, favorite doughnut was the Crème Brulee doughnut from Blue Star. Served with a shot of Cointreau liqueur, this doughnut packed both dynamic flavor and texture into a tiny treat. They were able to capture the delicate and crisp sugar bite of a brulee topping the creamy fritter fluff – and that shot of orange liqueur only elevated what was already near perfect. This was one of my ultimate bites of Portland (and I had a lot of them).

Blue Star's Creme Brulee Doughnut
Blue Star’s Creme Brulee Doughnut

My only regret is that I didn’t get over to one final doughnut shop on my list – Pip’s Original, a cult favorite that also offers up an invigorating Chai Tea. You can bet I will make it to Pips the next time I’m up north. Hopefully, that will be in my very near future. And if it isn’t, surely I can count on you to bring me back a food gift stowed away in a Ziploc on your carry-on.

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A closer peak into the Voodoo Dozen
Surprising with a bright, not-too-sweet citrusy burst
The Orangatang: Surprising with a bright, not-too-sweet citrusy burst
Good balance of chewy and crispy
The No Name: Good balance of chewy and crispy
My Voodoo fav - dense and sweet with a bit of crunch
Butterfingering: My Voodoo fav – dense and sweet with a bit of crunch
A little extreme for my buds - super sweet and ultra chocolatey
Portland Cream: A little extreme for my buds – super sweet and ultra chocolatey
From Blue Star - the Valrhonna Chocolate one was a chocolate lover's delight and very yummy; the cinnamon sugar, pretty good
From Blue Star – the Valrhona Chocolate Crunch was a chocolate lover’s delight and very yummy; the cinnamon sugar, pretty good

Voodoo Doughnut
22 SW 3rd and other locations (this one, open 24-7)

Blue Star Donuts
1237 SW Washington

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