When we’re on the road, we like to experience as much of the local culture as possible. And if that culture happens to include sweet treats at a punk-rock-style bakery, well, who are we to argue? That’s why, on a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, we were giddy to discover what has become a local institution: Voodoo Doughnut.
Founded in 2003 by Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon in one of the hip neighborhoods of downtown Portland—they’ve since added a second location in Portland, as well as one in Eugene—Voodoo Doughnut offers dozens of creative takes on the traditional, cakey favorite. Locals and tourists alike start lining up at least an hour before opening just to get their paws on fresh-baked Bacon Maples (which is just what it sounds like), Dirty Snowballs (chocolate cake with marshmallow topping, dipped in coconut and with a dollop of peanut butter in the middle), and a few doughnuts so, um, irreverently named and shaped, we can’t mention them here.
Our favorites included pastry “mascot” the Voodoo Doll (raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly and topped with chocolate frosting and, of course, a pretzel stake), the Portland Cream (raised yeast doughnut filled with an amazingly smooth, liqueurlike Bavarian Cream and topped with chocolate frosting and a pair of teeny eyes), and the Apple Fritter (a massive blob of fried dough with apple chunks and cinnamon sugar, drizzled with a sweet glaze). If all that’s not enough, Voodoo Doughnut also provides legal wedding services—complete with doughnut-laden receptions.