Voodoo Doughnut

Written by on November 3, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(voodoodoughnut.com) – Old Town Portland, Oregon

Voodoo Signage

How I heard of this place: A number of years ago, I began working at Top Pot Doughnuts. Once there, donuts became a new fascination; Top Pots were bigger, sweeter, more amazing than any I had ever tasted. And I was not a connoisseur by any means. One day, a colleague of mine returned from a weekend trip to Portland and could not stop raving – and laughing – at the novelty of Voodoo. The place was immediately added to my list.

Voodoo Brick Wall

Type of cuisine: Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon have been friends for awhile. They always wanted to start a business together. Something that would fit into an extraordinary Portland business climate. Something fun, different, and one for the ages. After much searching under rocks, tequilas, and women’s blouses, they found what they were looking for… doughnuts!! 
Cat Daddy with his stunningly brilliant business sense, and Tres with his seemingly endless supply of connections, set forth to conquer Old Town, Portland, and the world!! After a meeting with some Armenians and drumming masters, they were ready to set up shop in the “crotch” of Portland — Old Town.

Voodoo Line-Up

Ambiance: Walking up to the end of the semi-short line, we began inspecting the glittered bricks, the entryway…and our tastebuds were immediately curious.

Voodoo Entryway

There was only one problem, neither Cat Daddy nor Tres had ever made doughnuts before! They set out for the sunny Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera, California, where they met up with some doughnut masters, and learned about doughnuts from the ground up. These old, grizzled doughnut veterans knew what they were doing and were barely willing to give up their trade secrets at first. 

But the charm and good looks of our Portland heroes eventually won over the doughnut masters, and the secrets were revealed to them.

Learning when to throw the flour, proper handling of a rolling pin, the intricacies of an old fashion, the “flip,” and countless other tricks of the trade were now in the hands, minds, and notebooks of Cat Daddy and Tres.

They returned to Portland regaling the locals with tales of Brad Pitt eating one of their early maple bars, a Chick Hearn memorial documented on Japanese Television, featuring Voodoo Doughnuts, and the wild, wild, times of California — artists, actors, washed up sports stars, old people, disillusioned tourists, and musicians. Ah California… Portland soon learned of these tricks and Voodoo Doughnut became the best tasting doughnuts in the world, chico!! 

After flying in some “Voodoo Oil” from down south, acquiring the nuts and bolts of their shop, the boys started tinkering around with their methods that soon became known locally, nationally, and worldwide. People have talked about Voodoo Doughnut in Tibet, on Easter Island, Japan has some stylish folks sporting the latest Voodoo underpants, and friends have shared a buttermilk bar in Tanzania. I’m sure some corners of the globe have yet to be penetrated.

Finally, inside, we had a few minutes to take in the scenery before it was time to prepare our orders.

Voodoo Pink Walls


The artwork,

Voodoo Brick Wall Art

the humongous doughnut,

Voodoo Donut

even the coffin share a story as you make your way through the line.

Voodoo Coffin

What I ordered: We walked up to the brick building donning the Voodoo name and donut mascot anticipating an order of half-dozen to take for our friends, still sleeping at our weekend abode. My husband was “not about to wait in line for 20 minutes and get anything less than a dozen“.

Voodoo Box

So, a dozen ($11.25) it was, and one Bacon Maple Bar doughnut © ($3), a raised yeast doughnut with maple frosting and bacon on top! Our dozen included the Voodoo Doll doughnut ©, a raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake! (characteristics of Voodoo Dolls are all different), Portland Cream doughnut ©, a raised yeast doughnut filled with Bavarian cream, topped with chocolate and two eyeballs, representing the vision of our great city, The Loop doughnut, a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Fruit Loops!, Dirt doughnut doughnut, a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Oreos!, Marshall Mathers doughnut, a plain cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and
mini M & M’s ™!, Orangatang doughnut, a raised yeast doughnut dipped in vanilla frosting, Tang with a side of orange sprinkles!, Old Fashioned doughnut, a cake doughnut with maple frosting! and the Blueberry cake doughnut, a blueberry dough with a glaze! and Cinnamon sugar doughnut, a plain cake doughnut with cinnamon sugar! which none of us touched.

Voodoo Stash

What I loved: The favorite of all four of us – having nearly devoured the entire bakers dozen – was the Dirt doughnut, the Oreos coming in strong!

Why I loved it: It’s more about the novelty and creativity than anything else, but the donuts are large, sweet and everything you would want in such a guilt-ridden dining experience.

Voodoo Voodoo

Cost: Average to high ($3 per donut; $11 – $15 per dozen)

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