Though around since just 2003, Voodoo Doughnuts has quickly become a cherished bakery near and dear to the hearts and stomachs of Old Town Portland. Owners Tres Shannon and Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson created the shop after deciding the "crotch" of Portland – as they lovingly referred to it – needed an eclectic central eatery, and that a kooky doughnut shop could fill that role.
The independently owned and operated shop is no Dunkin' Donuts. Open 24 hours, it may look like a literal hole in the wall along the brick building that houses it, but one bite of its famous concoctions will make you feel more at home than any chain bakery could. The menu includes a variety, from the "Dirt doughnut" – vanilla glaze with Oreo cookies – to the Arnold Palmer, fittingly covered with lemon and tea powder. The fresh pastries range from covered in cereal to, appropriately, shaped like a voodoo doll, complete with edible needles. To truly taste the city, try the official doughnut of Portland, named so in a city council resolution last year by then-mayor Tom Potter: the Portland Crème, a raised, crème-filled doughnut with chocolate frosting.
If a late night on the town leaves you hungry and adventurous, take Voodoo's "Tex-ass Challenge." Eat one of its giant glazed creations four times the size of a regular doughnut in less than 80 seconds and it's free – and earns you the respect of the staff.
Voodoo also brings a bit of Vegas to Portland, offering legal wedding services complete with free doughnuts and coffee.
Aside from filling the stomachs of the community, Voodoo's largest accomplishment has been promoting locally owned businesses and providing employment opportunities to the neighborhood, something they've been commended for. And its fame doesn't end there: the shop has been featured on Anthony Bourdain's food network show No Reservations and was also a destination for the 13th season of the Amazing Race.
If you find yourself far from downtown Portland on the other side of the Burnside Bridge, check out its new location, Voodoo Doughnut Too. Open 21 hours, it's larger with more seating that includes a drive-thru. Whichever you prefer, those who like having fun with their food must make a trip to Voodoo Doughnuts.
- Downtown: 24 hours
- Davis St.: 6am to 3am
- Downtown Location: 22 SW 3rd Ave Portland, OR
- Davis St.: 1501 NE Davis St. Portland, OR
- Downtown Phone: 503-241-4704
- Davis St. Phone: 503-235-2666
- Website: voodoodoughnut.com