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Hey Portland....What's the deal with Voodoo doughnuts????

MSK Apr 22, 2010 08:05 AM

We walked by on Sat. during a torrential rainstorm to find a line (including dogs and kids in strollers) around the block.

Couldn't even peak my head in to see why they were braving the elements to get in.

Not even a doughnut fan but couldn't help get caught up in the "line mentality"

What's the scoop???

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    Leonardo RE: MSK Apr 22, 2010 08:18 AM

    What's the deal? Media over-exposure, over-hyped, and over-rated. Tourist trap. Not such great doughnuts.

    There are several places with much better doughnuts, cleaner too. Coco is one.

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      GDub RE: Leonardo Apr 22, 2010 10:24 AM

      Thanks for the tip, Leonardo! Just lamenting the lack of good doughnuts here the other day. Will definitely check it out.

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        MichaelG RE: Leonardo Apr 25, 2010 10:25 PM

        Actually, I wouldn't say it's over-rated. Is it worth waiting in line for more than ten minutes, and in the rain? I'd say no, especially, because all you're waiting for is a bunch of empty calories.

        Nevertheless, when there's no line, and I've been well-behaved, I do love me a nice grape ape, or an Orang-a-tang. True, the Blazer Blunt is not as delicious as it sounds or looks - too chewy. But the bacon maple bar - damn! No one can touch that, homes!

        Leonardo is effete. Walk the streets and you'll get the real story. Grab a coupla Voodoos and a cuppa joe and you'll be feeling real nice...

        ..that is, until the sugar high ends...

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          JillO RE: MichaelG Apr 27, 2010 05:08 PM

          There is also another location on the east side if you need to get your Voodoo fix - great old pinball machines too...and plenty of FREE parking.

          They are gimmicky donuts with great marketing and exposure. Owner is a very good neighbor and nice person, though I agree there are better donuts in Portland.

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          Dr Chow RE: Leonardo Apr 30, 2010 03:24 PM

          Move along, citizens, nothing to see here. The doughnuts are certainly nothing special, besides their unusual toppings, and the time I went there, there was a drunk bum in front of me in line who, besides talking a lot and wasting my and the doughnut monger's time, knocked over his coffee on the counter, causing me to wait even longer to be served the mediocre, slightly over-priced product. The place looks purdee dirty too. Give me a Cambodian-refugee-made LA doughnut any time over Voodoo's.

          Sorry Leonardo, on this is one we agree.

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          banjoman RE: MSK May 1, 2010 08:58 AM

          Nothing really special about the donuts here...except the apple fritters. Best I've ever had!

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            JillO RE: banjoman May 2, 2010 10:13 PM

            Try the ones at Joe's in Sandy on your way to the mountain...best ever fritters.

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              nkeane RE: JillO May 3, 2010 12:03 PM

              grew up on Joe's fritters! spectacular.

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                JillO RE: nkeane May 3, 2010 12:23 PM

                Never even liked fritters until I had one at Joe's, actually...

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