Did the Great Recession help the doughnut’s rise? These days, a $3 “gourmet” doughnut can be an affordable luxury for an underemployed hipster or a family on a budget. Whatever the reason, Portland, Oregon’s doughnut culture is booming, ranging from Middle Eastern specialties to tongue-in-cheek, candy-loaded gems. Here’s an alphabetical list of Chowhound favorites:
3449 NE 72nd Avenue, Portland
A cake doughnut is the way to go at Annie’s.
#2 on map
709 SW 17th Avenue, Portland
“Do you want interesting donuts or good ones?” Chowhounds ask. If the answer is good, get the Coco doughnut, a glazed beauty with a dusting of cacao.
#3 on map
ROCKING FROG CAFÉ
2511 SE Belmont Street, Portland
Rocking Frog inherited the recipes from Moody’s Doughnuts, which used to operate on Rocking Frog’s back patio. Try the made-to-order cinnamon doughnut.
#5 on map
TONALLI’S DONUTS & CREAM
2805 NE Alberta Street, Portland
Go for the bar doughnuts—especially the sour cream version, which has a crunchy exterior and light crumb.
#7 on map
22 SW Third Avenue, Portland
For sugar-stuffed wonders that will delight children (or your inner 6-year-old) take your place in the perennial line. The signature Voodoo Doll doughnut comes with pretzel sticks for stabbing.
#8 on map
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