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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Portland
Baked goods, Sweets
Counter service

Hours
24 hours

Features Date-friendly, veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards None

www.voodoodoughnut.com

Downtown
22 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR
(503) 241-4704

Northeast Portland
1501 NE Davis St.
Portland, OR
(503) 235-2666
Hours
Daily 6:00am–3:00am
Voodoo Doughnut
The star attraction of Portland’s culinary freak show: Maple Bacon Doughnut

Voodoo and doughnuts: neither was invented in America, but both have risen in the pop culture here as magnificently alluring concepts that go together surprisingly (super)naturally. Doughnuts can be quite a religious experience, especially in the twilight hour of their birth. And like spiritual objects, doughnuts can be filled with almost whatever you wish: jelly, cream, peanut butter…NyQuil.

Voodoo Doughnut is open late in an area near Chinatown that’s populated by bars, strip clubs, and hot dance spots, which is part of the beauty of the place. Buy an extra doughnut for one of the many homeless people hanging around—they are an integral part of Voodoo’s ambience (and it’s good juju).

You can rent out the Pepto-pink space to get married in a non-denominational “Intentional Commitment Ceremony.” Or just come for a wild, perverse doughnut trip. Okay, so the NyQuils are no longer available (apparently it upset the FDA—who knew?), but you can load up for the bachelorette party with a “Cock-n-Balls” (cream filled, naturally), indulge your inner child on one covered in Froot Loops and Cap’n Crunch, or act out anger issues with a brilliant Voodoo doll doughnut, which squirts red jelly from a pretzel stick protruding out of its plump belly, a look of absolute misery iced on its face.

But no first-time visit is complete without a maple bacon doughnut. It is, as it sounds, strips of crispy bacon atop maple-glazed fried dough. It’s sick and wrong and it has to be done. Novelty aside, we prefer a “Butter Fingering” (who doesn’t?), a chocolatey devil’s food that’s vanilla glazed and covered in crushed Butterfingers. There’s even a selection of vegan donuts.

Ideas are constantly bandied around the shop, and special orders of gag-gift doughnuts are taken. But whatever gross thing you can think of—Jägermeister doughnuts, oyster-shooter doughnuts—Voodoo’s already been there and done that.

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