If you tell your friends that you’re going to visit Portland, Oregon, and your friends have been to my fair city before, someone in the crowd will exclaim, “Oh! You MUST visit Voodoo Doughnut!”
Since it’s so popular, and such a Portland experience, I’d have to say I agree with these folks. You really must go!
There are a few locations around town, but to really get the full experience (which includes waiting in a 45 minute line at all hours of the day) you’ll need to go to the one downtown.
Now, settle in. I promise you’ll be in line for at least 30, usually 45, minutes. But don’t get out your cell phone/tablet, no! Here’s where the fun starts.
Take pictures — there’s many to choose from: the “Keep Portland Weird” sign, the glittery bricks, the street musicians, dogs, other people in line, each other, whatever. You’ll have time.
Hopefully, someone in line tried to wrangle you into a multi-level marketing scheme. Note: when someone starts a conversation with, “how rich do you want to be?” slipping into Spanish might be a good idea.
Once you’re through the door, you see what all the fuss is about. This isn’t a normal donut shop — no! It’s a donut shop with innuendo!
And pink walls!
The tagline is “the magic is in the hole” and they have several (ahem) suggestive donuts. Ones for bachelor/ette parties. You look at the website yourself, I’m not writing those words down here! This isn’t that kind of site!
You can click through to see the menu, but the popular doughnuts include: the bacon maple bar, the Cap’n Crunch, the Fruit Loop, and of course the Voodoo Doughnut (a doughnut in the shape of a person, with a pretzel stick stabbing it in the heart with jelly filling). For those of you who can’t eat dairy, or just think you’re better than everyone, there are Vegan doughnuts.
I can’t eat them (and I’ve never liked doughnuts), so I can’t comment on the flavor, but several people have said that they’re the best doughnuts they’ve ever had. I’ve also heard that they taste just like any other doughnut.
Clearly, though, the doughnut is a very small part of the Voodoo Doughnut experience.
And if you visit me, of course I will take you!
22 SW 3rd Avenue Portland Oregon, U.S.A.