Portland has a way of taking something mundane and transforming it into something unique. Coffee, beer and even beards have taken on a life all their own in the Oregon city, so it’s no surprise that doughnuts there have become a spectacular, practically x-rated treat there. Of course, I’m referring to the famous Voodoo Doughnut, home of the doughnuts with names that will make you blush just ordering them. Luckily the treats are pretty tasty, too.
Voodoo Doughnut is as synonymous with Portland as hippies are, made famous by its bacon maple doughnut–topped with real strips of bacon. (Which is a parade of salty, sweet, crunchy, doughy goodness, by the way.) Or maybe it was the doughnut covered in Fruit Loop cereal that made it famous… or the one topped with Oreos and a drizzle of peanut butter (called the Old Dirty Bastard)… either way, you get the idea.
Some of the doughnuts are outrageous in their ingredients (the Memphis Mafia is topped with banana chunks, cinnamon and a chocolate frosting glaze layered with peanut butter, peanuts and chocolate chips) and others in their names (like the Triple Chocolate Penetration, a chocolate doughnut with chocolate frosting finished with Coco Puff cereal). My friend made me order the cream-filled Cock-n-Balls doughnut that is shaped, um, just like it sounds. (And yes, I blushed when I ordered it.) But even those that seemed boring–like the Mexican Hot Chocolate, a chocolate doughnut with cayenne pepper and cinnamon–had surprising shock value once I bit into it. (It was my favorite!)
There are two Voodoo Doughnut locations in Portland and while both are a bit touristy, there are plenty of Portlanders eating there, too. Plan for a crowd, but as per the norm in PDX, there will be great people-watching while you’re waiting. Lucky for us, we were entertained by a man in a monkey mask dancing in the street by himself. Apparently even that isn’t too weird for Portland!