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Dec 29, 2010 08:30 AM

Donut Fiend

please name your top donut makers in the PDX area...thanks

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  1. Voodoo Doughnuts is our family favorite.

    Voodoo Doughnut
    22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR

    1. about a half dozen places make donuts that are far superior to Voodoo. Can't knock Voodoo's PR notch! ;-/

      Acme donuts, Sesame donuts, Heavenly donuts, Delicious donuts, Moodys donuts.......

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      1. re: nkeane

        Ditto nkeane. My current fave is Coco. Get the "coco".

        1. re: Leonardo

          Where? Get the 'coco' where? Nkeane mentions 6 donut shops!! Which one sells the 'coco'?

          1. re: pdxgastro

            Coco Donuts' signature donut is the "coco".

            1. re: Leonardo

              And now I have a list of 7 donut shops to try. Thanks Leo. :-)

      2. This is a frequent pattern on Chowhound: Poster asks about donuts, someone suggests Voodoo, responders then say "there are so many better than Voodoo," etc. Do a search and you'll see what I mean.

        Put me in the Pro-Voodoo crowd, especially if you focus on their unique specialties.

        Sure you can go out an sample crollers, jelly-filleds, and glazeds from all the places in town and in a blind test, Voodoo probably won't win. But, that's not the point!

        Go get a grape ape, an orangatang, or a maple bacon bar, and go buy said product in their unique Voodoo atmosphere, and you'll understand that there is simply Voodoo, and then there's everyone else...

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        1. re: MichaelG

          hey, sure you can't get those things other places(I have had them), but the OP didn't ask for the kitchyest donut.....they asked for quality donuts. Last time I thought about it, Tang powder on my donut isn't exactly high cuisine. If you want to eat "schtick" then yes, Voodoo it up! personally, just give me a really effing good donut and leave the carnival food at the carnival.

        2. Tonnalis donuts on Alberta street are pretty good. I avoid voodoo doughnuts, I don't think they're very good,

          1. There is a Tonalli's Donuts on Lombard in St Johns too. I have not tried it yet. I needed donuts before 7am and guess what time they open? I went to Heavenly, further down on Lombard and they were good.

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            1. re: pdxgastro

              For a chain, Heavenly is not bad at all.

              I am not a Voodoo fan, though I live around the block from VooDoo 2 (they are good neighbors and nice folks for sure). But the Memphis Mafia (a fritter with banana chunks and cinnamon sugar covered in a glaze with chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts and chocolate chips on top), aside from being more than a day's worth of calories and fat, is pretty tasty. And it is always amusing when someone in front of you orders a triple chocolate penetration. But no, they do not even make the third best donuts in town.

              If you are a donut freak and like the cake variety, Moody's makes them as you wait and they are fairly awesome for their kind. I especially like the cinnamon ones, but they are my fave cake donut.