It's nothing short of an icon: Voodoo Doughnut.
The bright drunk-tank pink buildings. The long snake of lines waiting out the door. The deliciously intoxicating smell of freshly baked doughnuts and intertwining sweet sugary goodness. And, the perfectly eclectic decor of punk, rock, coffins, chandeliers, arcade games and stained glass windows. I mean, where else in the world would all that stuff even go together.
Heads up, I was provided my doughnuts in exchange for my review.
Voodoo is it's own art form. A delight for the senses. Cool artwork, music, and funky decor. Hilarious slogans, inventive doughnuts with brilliant names, and even doughnut swag. Ever buy a pair of underwear from a bakery? You can here! Sit on a coffin-shaped seat! Buy a coffin full of doughnuts! They partnered up with Rogue Ales and Spirits to make doughnut-flavored beers! Voodoo can make specialty doughnuts of whatever you want! They even host wedding ceremonies. Yep, you can get married here!
Baking up a massive list of extreme doughnuts with awesomely funky names, Voodoo proudly boasts everything from the classic cakes, bars, cream-filled, devils food, raised doughnuts, fritters, and more specialities.
Omnivores go crazy for their world-famous Bacon Maple Bar. That's a doughnut with maple frosting and yep, bacon on top! Everyone loves the classic Voodoo Doll Doughnut, a little doughnut man, filled with raspberry jelly, and complete with a pretzel stick, so you can stab it bloodily to death! Interactive doughnuts! Can't beat that with a stick! Well, you actually can beat this with a stick.
Most intersting picks: Try the Gay Bar, a long cream-filled bar with rainbow fruit loops on top. The Maple Blazer Blunt doughnut, with maple glaze and red sprinkles on the end to look like a blunt! And, the Marshall Mathers, a plain doughnut with M&Ms on top.
There are so many more cool combos, like an Arnold Palmer, a Tangfastic topped with Tang, a Bubble Doughnut with bubblegum dust and bubble gum on top, and even a Mexican Hot Chocolate, a chocolate doughnut with cinnamon and cayenne pepper topping!
But the real reason Voodoo gets my love? Their rad selection of VEGAN doughnuts! Visit on any given day and find a mesmerizing rotating display of vegan yumminess. They actually make most of their regular donuts in vegan versions. And more classically vegan doughnuts and cakes, made from banana, pumpkin, or applesauce and topped with things like maple or chocolate frosting, coconut, peanuts, sprinkles, powdered or cinnamon sugar, and even Chico sticks and Oreo's. Nom.
My top vegan picks: Portland Cream: Bavarian cream-filled doughnut with chocolate frosting and two cute little eyeballs on top. The Old Dirty Bastard: chocolate frosting, Oreo's and peanut butter! And the amazingly chewy and tasty Chocolate Banana fruit cake. But you can't top the classic Sprinkle Doughnut with vanilla frosting and bright and happy rainbow-colored sprinkles on top.
If looking at this photo doesn't fill you happiness, you may be missing a central nervous system.
Voodoo Doughnut has multiple locations, now worldwide! Check them out in Portland, Oregon at their 3 locations: the Original Voodoo in southwest, Voodoo Doughnut Too in northeast, and in southeast at the Cartlandia food cart pod. Also in Eugene, Oregon, in Denver, Colorado, in Austin, Texas, and in Taipei City, Taiwan! And, you can buy all the fun and funky Voodoo swag online!
Disclaimer: I was provided doughnuts at no cost in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.