Voodoo Doughnut is an institution in Portland, Oregon and is a hugely popular tourist attraction. There are often long lineups at the original location in the Old Town area, especially on weekends. Voodoo Doughnuts is well-known for its unusual doughnut toppings and eclectic decor. They have even been featured on one of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations episodes.
On my recent visit to Portland, I had learned that there was actually a second Voodoo Doughnut location that had opened a couple of years back. This second location is fittingly called Voodoo Donuts Too. With its Peptol-Bismol colored exterior, this second location was hard to miss. I was actually surprised by the shape of the building as it looked as if it was previously home to a fast food restaurant. This location is great as there is plenty of parking at the back of the building unlike the original downtown location.
Voodoo Doughnuts has quite the extensive doughnut menu consisting of mainly of cake and raised yeast doughnuts, many of which have funky names such as Voodoo Doll or Cock-n-Balls. The toppings vary greatly, anywhere from Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs, and Captain Crunch to Tang crystals, Oreo bits, peanut butter, and mini M&Ms. In addition, Voodoo also offers a variety of vegan doughnuts.
Unlike my first visit to the Old Town location, where we had to wait almost an hour in line, I was pleasantly surprised there was no line up at all when I arrived on a weekday morning at this second location. This second location is also a lot more spacious and even has a revolving display case of the funky doughnuts.
In addition to the two bricks-and-mortar locations in Portland, Voodoo Doughnuts also has a food truck roaming around in Portland as well as a third bricks-and-mortar location which has opened up in Eugene, Oregon two years ago called Voodoo Doughnut Tres. All the bricks-and-mortar locations are open 24 hours 7 days a week so you can get your doughnut fix any time of the day you choose.
Voodoo is in more than just the business of selling doughnuts with unusual toppings and funky names. Apparently, they also host legal wedding ceremonies at all their locations, complete with a coffee and doughnut reception as well.
For Voodoo, so far, I’ve managed to try four flavours of doughnuts – the Voodoo Doll ($1.95), the Triple Chocolate Penetration ($1.25), the Mango Tango ($1.75) and the Bacon Maple Bar ($2.50). The Voodoo Doll consisted of a raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly and was topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake. The Triple Chocolate Penetration was a chocolate cake doughnut that was topped with chocolate frosting and cocoa puffs. The Mango Tango consisted of a raised yeast doughnut filled with mango jelly and was topped with vanilla frosting and Tang crystals. Lastly, the Bacon Maple Bar was a raised yeast doughnut with maple frosting and slices of crispy bacon on top. Of the four that I tried, my favourite was the Bacon Maple Bar as I liked the combination of salty and sweet. I would say these doughnuts are a novelty because of the unusual toppings and crazy shapes. However, taste-wise, I didn’t think they were that spectacular. I definitely wouldn’t rank them in the same league as Tom Douglas’ famous Made to Order Donuts from Dahlia Bakery in Seattle, Washington, which still are the best doughnuts I’ve ever tasted to date.
Here are some more pictures from my very first visit to the original Voodoo Doughnut location in Old Town Portland two years ago. This was before the extensive remodelling that they did in 2011 at this location. Personally, I like the charm of the original location more. However, I appreciate the parking that’s available at Voodoo Doughnuts Too.
Voodoo Doughnut Too
1501 NE Davis St
22 SW 3rd Avenue