Monday, September 13, 2010

Voodoo Who-do?

I finally convinced Cynthia to try out that Portland classic, Voodoo Doughnut. I don't think it's any coincidence that the doughnut shop is located right across the street from this sign:

If you're lucky enough to visit Voodoo when there's not a line around the entire block, you'll step into the building and feel like you've stepped into another realm. Seriously, it looks more like something out of a Lewis Carroll book than a kitchen inspected by the health department.

Merchandise and doughnut names that would make a politician blush are strewn across the store. Not exactly a place to take the family. But man, those are good doughnuts. Here's a pic of the best three we tried out...

(clockwise from left) Mango Tango, Voodoo Doll, and Maple Bacon Bar

Mango Tango is mango-filled with Tang powder on top. I couldn't believe how perfectly balanced the mango flavor was with a doughnut! Why aren't these suckers sold everywhere?

Voodoo Doll is aptly named. A doughnut shaped like a voodoo doll with bloody raspberry filling and a pretzel stick needle for good measure. It's a standard jelly-filled doughnut, but the raspberry jelly is really, really good. Strong flavor and sweet, just the way it should be.

Maple Bacon Bar. I've said it on this blog before and I'll prob'ly say it again: bacon is the candy bar of meats and it fits perfectly on a maple bar. Kind of like having a a pancake-bacon-doughnut breakfast in one easy package. By far my favorite Voodoo doughnut...perhaps my favorite doughnut anywhere. Just to rest your fears, the bacon isn't limp or fatty; it's perfectly crisp and dry. I wouldn't be surprised if they use pre-cooked bacon for it. 

They boys also tried a Double Bubble, TLC tried a Grape Ape and Neapolitan. I'm still trying to work up the courage to order a doughnut that looks delicious but has an unsavory name (that I won't mention) - the doughnut has Oreos with a peanut butter glaze.


  1. Wow, bacon on a donut.

  2. Voodoo doughnuts is very weird for sure. We went there a few weeks ago for the first time. My favorite was called the Portland Creme. It was delicious! My friend tried the Oreo with peanut butter glaze and they loved it!!! You should definately try it!

  3. Just call it a "Dirty Old Fish Poop" (my kids taught me that substitute last night-you'll probably figure it out faster than I did)!

    You are making a trip to Portland more and more appealing with every blog entry! That Mango Tango is calling my name!!!

  4. Love your posts! You make Portland sound like it is an alien planet, one that I must come and "experience" someday! Voodoo doughnuts and all :-D !

  5. Wow! These doughnuts look and sound great! Hopefully one day we can make it there and you can share all the wonderfulness of Portland with us!