Kevin and I just got back this morning from our long weekend in Portland, OR. Have you guys been? It’s a lovely city – lots of good food, coffee, beer, cocktails, bridges (so many bridges!!!) and great weather! I didn’t know much about Portland before our trip and planned out our days and more importantly our meals each morning by ear, asking people along the way for recommendations. All I knew was everyone was telling us to go to Voodoo Doughnut and Pok Pok. Ever the good listener, as soon as we checked-in we headed straight for doughnuts and coffee then walked over a bridge for some delicious Thai cuisine. By the way, why are there so many Thai restaurants in Portland? I don’t remember seeing a single Chinese takeaway over there, everything was Thai!
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from Voodoo Doughnut. The last two places I saw on the food network and tried, I was a bit disappointed. I didn’t actually see Voodoo on TV, but I’m guessing everyone else from out of town did. So anyway, we get there and there’s a line out the door. Luckily, the line went quick enough and I think we only had to wait 15 minutes before we got our hands on some golden fried ringed beauties! Most gourmet doughnut shops these days come up with outrageous flavors, but if you want to know if it’s the real mccoy, go for the classic glazed or sugar dipped. They offered both cake doughnuts and raised doughnuts and they even had a cruller menu! We ordered 1 cake glazed (unfortunately they were out, so we got the blueberry cake instead), 1 raised glazed, and 1 Portland Cream with Maple instead of Chocolate. We walked down the block to Stumptown Coffee and got down to business. Their cake doughnut was good (but I still prefer Federal Donuts cakes better). But freakin’ O-M-G their raised doughnut!!!!! You guys need to try them. We went back on Thursday and Friday for breakfast and even bought a dozen to bring home to share with some friends and family. This place is open 24/7 and is constantly busy. As you get closer to the weekend the wait can be as long as an hour and a half. On Sunday before our flight, we waited in line for about an hour. I can’t believe I did that – for a doughnut! Dearest friends and family, do you feel the love?! 😉
The texture was perfect – light, bouncy and chewy in your mouth! My favorite doughnut before this trip was from Orwasher’s Bakery in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. But they’re my favorite more for their filling than for the dough. They have gorgeous fruit fillings that they hand-fill into the doughnuts. I strongly believe that If you take a Voodoo raised doughnut and filled it with Orwasher’s jams, you’d have THE MOST AMAZING DOUGHNUT IN THE WORLD!
Orwasher’s Bakery in NYC. Look at the pile of sugar dipped (and chocolate dipped next to it) waiting to be filled with beautiful fresh fruit jams. My favorite was the sour cherry and the blueberry.
Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, PA. I always order the fresh doughnuts made to order, but on this occasion we tried some fun flavors like (top to bottom) Crumberry, Cookies and Cream, and Sticky Bun. They also serve really good coffee and fried chicken!
If you can’t make it all the way over to Portland, there are a few good doughnut shops in the area you might like to try.
Creme Brulee doughnuts from Diablo Doughnuts in Baltimore. You can find them at the Fells Point Farmers Market on Saturday mornings or throughout the week at La Cakerie.
Maple Bacon doughnut from Stuggy’s Fed Hill. They only make doughnuts on the weekends and they only had this one flavor when we went. Tastes like pancakes and bacon with maple syrup drizzled all over it. Yum!
These doughnuts are from the Donut Shack in Severna Park, MD. My best friend and I text all the time, even when on holidays. Kevin doesn’t understand what we have to say to each other because we talk all the time. Silly Kevin, we had to discuss doughnuts obviously!!! What do you think? 😉 She started craving doughnuts and yelped this 24/7 spot and picked up a dozen. I’ll have to go there and try them – but maybe in a few weeks, I’ve had way too many lately.
I never realized how many doughnuts I’ve eaten until I put this post together. All of these photos are from this year alone – my word there have been many! I was wondering why my pants don’t fit me anymore! Now I know! HA 😛
Do you know of any other good doughnut shops in the area? Leave me a message in the comments section below. We’re always looking to try out new places.