Portland Cray !!! Finding The Right Doughnut in PDX: Pip’s Original, Blue Star and Voodoo
Doughnuts have evolved over the years. There wasn’t much selection back when I am growing up. A doughnut was a doughnut – fried dough either filled with jelly or ring-shaped finished with a sweet glaze, sprinkles or sugar. Nowadays, we’re spoiled with an abundance of doughnuts and innovative flavors. We’ve developed unique preferences and demand more from our doughnuts.
Home to many established coffee brands including one of my favs, Stumptown, Portland has no shortage of doughnut joints. I was only in Portland for a few days, but had coffee and doughnuts all day, every day. We hit up three spots, Voodoo, Blue Star and Pip’s Original Doughnuts. Each shop was unique, offering their variations on the deep fried pastry. I liked the later two better than Voodoo, but I’ll lay out the facts and let you decide which ones you want to visit.
Our first encounter with PDX doughnuts was at Voodoo. The notorious Voodoo Doughnut is probably the most well-known of the three outside of Portland. The establishment has become a tourist attraction, drawing in customers with their ridiculous assortment of doughnuts presented in rotating display cases. Offering both cake and raised yeast doughnuts, these bad boys look CRAY including some shaped like voodoo dolls, blunts, and “cock-n-balls.” Flavours and toppings are also insane including Captain Crunch cereal, Fruit Loops, Maple bacon, M & M’s, and marshmallows. Voodoo’s doughnuts takes the cake for the most eye-catching pastries, very gimmicky and colorful, but my least favourite. They were too sweet and artificial tasting for my liking.
Blue Star was second on our hit list! Blue Star’s philosophy is quality over quantity. Their donuts are made from a classic brioche recipe originating from the south of France. Blue Star’s donuts are made from scratch every day. The dough itself takes nearly 18 hours to make using a sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, whole hormone-free milk and European-style butter. The donuts are fried in rice oil and are then finished with either glazes or fillings made fresh throughout the day. You may have to make multiple visits to Blue Star as their doughnut selection changes every day, and they sell out quickly! I visited Blue Star twice, and my favorite is the spicy Marion berry jam stuffed peanut butter powdered donut.
I’ve never liked doughnuts growing up. Even now, I don’t have cravings for doughnuts; I just like the way they look. My favorites have always been mini doughnuts covered in cinnamon and sugar, which is why I love Pip’s! Keeping things simple, Pip’s serves the best mini doughnuts ever. I get sick of doughnuts pretty quick and never finish eating a full one. Mini doughnuts always made the most sense to me. Pip’s gets it. Focusing on bite-sized fried goodness, Pip’s offers a variety of daily flavors that change seasonally including Nutella, maple candied bacon, strawberry rhubarb, blueberry lavender, apricot habanero, apple cider glaze and more. My favorites were their classics, cinnamon sugar and a raw honey doughnut made with a drizzle of honey and pink Himalayan sea salt.American, Coffee, Dessert, Lunch, North American, Portland, USA