One place I really wanted to check out while I was in Portland but wasn’t sure if I’d be able to due to its well-documented line-ups was Voodoo Doughnuts. After seeing this place featured on several shows including Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and The Amazing Race, I had a hankering for its maple bacon doughnut. On our last day in Portland, I knew it would be our last change to check out Voodoo Doughnuts during this trip so Jenkins and I dropped by early in the morning before breakfast. There turned out to be a line-up already so we decided to head to Stumptown Roasters for some breakfast and check out the Saturday Morning Market before circling back. There was still quite a line-up when we returned in the afternoon but we decided to join the waiting hoards anyway.
After standing in line for about 30 minutes (!!), we finally made our way inside. Even though I was still full from lunch, I convinced Jenkins that we should order four doughnuts between the two of us and that we could slowly eat it throughout the day. Reluctantly, he agreed with me.
First on my list of things to order was definitely the maple bacon doughnut. It may seem like an odd combination and I even thought it was a bit gross when I heard about it. But this was one of the best doughnuts we ordered that day. The sweetness of the maple icing contrasted nicely with the salty crunchiness of the bacon. I think because the bacon was fried so much, it was no longer greasy and added a great smoky and salty flavour to the doughnut.
Next up was the Butterfinger cake doughnut. It was a cake-based doughnut with a topping of crumbled Butterfinger bars. I found this was only ok and preferred the light dough doughnut of the maple bacon doughnut more than the cake-based one. There was an ample amount of crushed Butterfinger bars but I found it did not have a very strong flavour.
After sharing these two doughnuts, Jenkins convinced me to stop eating and save the doughnuts for the next day. However, all I could think about was that maple bacon doughnut and after about an hour, I told Jenkins that we should eat the rest of the doughnuts as they may not keep very well. He knew it was pointless to argue with me so we hunkered down and split the remaining two doughnuts. I really liked the Ol Dirty Bastard which had a topping of crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate, and peanut butter. I really liked the crunchy chocolaty-ness imparted by the cookies and the peanut butter added a saltiness to the doughnut that countered the sweetness.
The Portland Cream doughnut was recommended by the cashier. It was a Voodoo Doughnut take on a standard chocolate doughnut with cream on the inside. I wouldn’t say it was anything out of the ordinary but was very well executed. Jenkins enjoyed this one quite a bit.
For the size of the doughnuts and the quality, the prices are quite reasonable. Due to its extremely high turnover, the doughnuts are all very fresh and there are flavours to satisfy any type of taste. Voodoo Doughnut is another place I’ll definitely need to come back to the next time I’m in Portland…I’ll be loading up on the maple bacons for sure.