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Best Doughnuts in Portland? It’s Debatable.

- Hye Sung

Before coming to Portland, I was constantly told that I need to experience Voodoo Doughnuts, “the best doughnuts in Portland”, and just as often, if not more, they would just leave it at “the best doughnuts”. I feel like half of my conversations about Portland have included, “Have you been to Voodoo yet?!”

And yes, I have. And I enjoyed it. Quite a lot, even. I had a bacon maple bar, apparently a classic, and I was pleased. I was also blessed enough to be able to sample from friends a few of the other doughnuts, including dirty snowballs (Chocolate cake doughnut with marshmallow topping, dipped in coconut and peanut butter in the middle), Arnold Palmer (Plain cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and lemonade/ice tea dust), and Dubble Bubble (Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, bubble gum dust and a piece of bubble gum).

And it was yummy.

And the decor of the different Voodoo Doughnuts locations in Portland I have been to have been equally wild. The atmosphere is eccentric and fabulous, and totally in the spirit of their product, which was at times questionable, always wild, and definitely delicious.

One major thing Voodoo can brag about is that they have a LOT of options, even for those who are vegan! A full list of their doughnuts can be found here:

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But, I have noticed some contention about the whole “best doughnuts in Portland” thing.

Some people seem to think otherwise.

The other contender being “Blue Star Donuts”.

And I’ve also had Blue Star. And yes, it is good. Really good, even.

Blue Star is a bit more refined and they have less options. They stress “quality over quantity”, using a “classic brioche recipe that originated in the south of France”.

Like Voodoo, they also have some Vegan options. A popular vegan option is their “Pistachio Cake with Raspberry Hibiscus”.

You won’t find a doughnut with chocolate frosting, oreo and peanut butter, like at Voodoo, but you will find something just as flavorful and rich, such as their Cointreau Creme Brulee.

For me, my favorite would have to be the Buttermilk Old Fashioned. You can’t go wrong with that.

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When it comes down to it, I like both. A lot. And there are times where I crave Voodoo, and others when I crave Blue Star. And I think people on both sides of the debate have good reasons to favor one over the other. That being said, both sides need to be humbled and realize that crepes are the ultimate dessert.



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