Some may say that Voodoo Doughnut is overrated and I somewhat agree. I came here not because I was dying to try the doughnuts, but because of curiosity. I have seen them on the Food Network a few years back and was quite intrigued with all the cool, fancy and overwhelming looking doughnuts they had. I wanted to know if the doughnuts where as good as shown on T.V.
I visited Voodoo Doughnuts Too which is located in East Portland. This location is opened 24/7 and offers free parking to customers. Upon arriving, I was surprised to see such a short line; I waited for about 10 minutes. They provide a menu but most of the items do not contain any description. So, if it is your first time visiting a Voodoo Doughnut location, then I highly suggest that you look at their online menu beforehand. Also, make sure you bring cash because it is a cash only place.
I ordered a variety of doughnuts. I am not a big fan of their cakes but, the yeast doughnuts are definite must try. Out of all of the doughnuts I ordered, I only liked “The Homer” and “Portland Cream” which I would categorize under their more simple offerings. “The Homer” is a yeast doughnut with strawberry glaze and sprinkles. “Portland Cream” is also a yeast doughnut that is filled with bavarian cream and glazed with chocolate (see, I told you they were simple).
So, some of the doughnuts were as good as seen on T.V. and some were sub par. The main reason as to why I put this on my list of things to do in Oregon is not because of the doughnuts itself. It is because of the whole experience of lining up with a bunch of strangers for the same thing they probably also saw on T.V. or social media – most people in that line was probably excited to finally taste something they saw on T.V. I could feel the energy in the small line I was in – the conversations and debates I heard amongst the small crowd about what doughnut they want was just the icing on the cake. Coming here made you feel like you were part of something – Voodoo Doughnut seem to have become an institution in Portland.
My overall experience was fun and I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a “touristy” thing to do in Oregon to come here. This visit has fed and satisfied my curiosity.
What is your favourite doughnut?