Consistently listed as one of the “Things to do in Portland”, Voodoo Doughnut was calling our names one early Saturday morning. What better way to start our day than with a healthy dosage of frosting and fried dough at this well-marketed tourist spot?
Here are a couple of things you should know before heading out:
1. You will be waiting in line. We were considered lucky with a 30 minute wait.
2. Look up the menu online and know what you are going to order beforehand. Not only is there not a detailed menu listed on the board but you have hordes of impatient people behind you. Make sure to know so you can help the line move along.
3. They are CASH ONLY.
4. There are two locations in Portland, the original being on 22 SW 3rd Avenue.
5. It is Voodoo Doughnut, not Voodoo Donuts.
6. If you carry the bright pink box around with you during the day, expect to be harassed by everyone or plan on making a whole bunch of new friends. We had everyone from our bus driver to our grocery cashier ask us if we had any extra to share.
7. Order the Bacon Maple Bar, it is really what got them famous… and well, BACON.
As we stepped up to the counter the cashier giggled and asked me incredulously, “Are you wearing a shirt with yourself on it?”
I blushed. What the hell is it with me and wearing my Over Yonderlust shirt when I go into donut shops? The last time we went to Gourdough’s Donuts in Austin I had the same thing happen.
“Umm, I swear it is for a good reason, but, ummm…. yes, I am.” I stammered.
In my embarrassment I quickly hide behind my lens and started snapping away at the doughnuts. It took a few moments before I realized that he had disappeared, leaving us alone at the cash register. As I peeked into the back of the shop I noticed him furiously adding frosting to a couple of the voodoo doll shaped donuts and then he came trotting back to the front with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen in tow.
“These are for you!” He quickly placed the doughnuts on the counter. I stared at them for a moment and a wave of disbelief hit me.
Holy bejeezus this guy just made the doughnuts into the likeness of Shaun and I!
…and then I got it.
Voodoo Doughnuts are pretty tasty but I will admit not the best donuts I’ve ever had in my life by any means – but they aren’t really supposed to be. It is all the experience. And Voodoo, you hit it out of the ballpark. You’ve got a lifetime fan.
Disclosure: We were in Portland due to a collaboration with the fab people at Hostelling International USA. All opinions stated above are mine and we paid for our own donuts. This was part of our own exploration of the city.