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Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Places: Voodoo Doughnuts (Portland, OR)

When one of my girlfriends found out that I was in Portland, this was the text message I received "OH MY GOD!!!!! HAVE YOU BEEN TO VOODOO YET?" Voodoo Doughnuts, a staple of Portland, Oregon culture is an icon,  world renowned for their doughnuts AKA Portland masterpieces. 

Even though I'm eating healthy,  I had to stop in. It would be like being on Cape Cod and not trying the lobster roll. And so, I found a parking space a few blocks away and got in the queue. This location (22 SW 3rd ave) is open 24 hours a day, and on Saturday morning, the line was about 70 people long. It moved quickly though (the scent of warm doughnuts wafting towards us had a sort of happy/groovy/sedative effect), and within 15 minutes I was inside staring at the spinning glass case of doughnuts.

Voodoo's best known for their Bacon Maple Bar (which has a cult following), but some of the other flavors available yesterday were the Memphis Mafia, Triple Chocolate Penetration, Voodoo Doll and Oh, Captain, My Captain. (See flavor descriptions here). I decided on The Loop, which was a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting topped with fruit loops. I took a bite and I got it. Voodoo doughnuts themselves have a perfect yeasty consistency, even without the toppings. With the toppings, though, the doughnut experience is elevated. It's like being five years-old watching cartoons on a Saturday morning while eating fistfuls of Fruit Loops straight from the box. 

Voodoo Doughnuts was definitely worth the stop.  It's like the Disneyland of pastries. If you're in Portland, swing by. I have a feeling it's pretty unique experience at 3am, when nothing in the world sounds as good as a Tangastic.

Tip: There is on-street parking but if that's tight, there are parking lots around the area. I parked in the one across from The Thirsty Lion. If you see parking meters, be sure to use them. They are good for two hours. 

Other locations include: 
Portland Too              1501 NE Davis Street Portland, OR
Cartlandia                  8145 SE 82nd Ave Portland, OR
Eugene Tres                20 East Broadway at Willamette Ave Eugene, OR
Denver Mile High       1520 East Colfax Avenue Denver, CO
Austin V                      212 East 6th Street Austin, TX
CityWalk Hollywood  100 Universal City Plaza Bldg 5535/V114 Universal City, CA

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