Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon have created a cornerstone Portland attraction that will both fill your stomach and your sense of "exotic" eating! Here in Old Town/Chinatown, at the funky, rustic, and youthful establishment known as Voodoo Doughnut, your group will get to see the place that has captured the "kooky essence" of Portland. The two owners took to California to learn the trade (throwing the flour, rolling the pin, and learning the "flip") and then sent for some special Voodoo Oil from the South. Since then this cash-only sweet treat joint has been gaining an impressive international following, aided generously by ample local and national TV support. You may have already seen this place on local news, the Food Network, or the Travel Channel, or perhaps you’ve read about it in the countless articles regarding its success.
Once here, you will see why this food is called "avaunt garde doughnuts," with some very unusual doughnuts and eclectic decor filling the store. Underneath those iconic pink boxes are such doughnuts as the popular Pot Hole Doughnut (Oreo), Voodoo Doughnut (raspberry jelly-filled), Bacon Maple, and Portland Cream (Boston who?). There are also the more interesting choices such as Captain my Captain (with Cap'n Crunch cereal), Marshall Mathers M&M, Bubble Gum, Rapper’s Delight, El Diablo, and Even Vegan. Try the big doughnut challenge or maybe learn about the company and its first offered doughnuts that the health department shut down, the NyQuil and Pepto dusted doughnuts! The owners have expanded to Taiwan in addition to their Eugene, Denver, and Austin U.S. locations and are still hoping to expand to Japan soon. The locals agree, while Voodoo Doughnut is absolutely a tourist destination and the lines can at times become wretchedly long, it truly is a must-visit spot at least once while in Portland. Come with an empty stomach and eat to your heart's content!
There are several locations across the U.S. today, including the following:
- Hollywood - Universal City Walk
- Orlando - Universal Orlando Resort