Voodoo Doughnuts is normally open from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m., but they've recently expanded to open at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This is good, because they're not open on weekend mornings, and I'd otherwise not be going out after 10:00 on a weeknight for doughnuts. They're definitely aiming at the Party Crowd who decides at 2:00 a.m. that they need deep-fried carbs. Or wants a wedding that includes coffee and doughnuts. Really.
Although we'd read about it, we didn't really know what to expect. For example, we were thinking that it was like a coffee shop, and one could hang out and watch other customers satisfying their late-night doughnut urges. It's actually a fairly tiny place, and the benches that are there really aren't conducive for lounging. I was rather disappointed that the Bacon Maple Bars are only sold on Friday and Saturday nights, so if you've got a hankering on a weekday, bring your own bacon.
Of all the doughnut places I've even been, they have the most interesting menu. I was tempted by the doughnut filled with mango jelly, but went for the triple chocolate one instead. sanguinity got the signature Voodoo Doughnut, complete with the pretzel stake through its heart (the menu said it was blood-filled, but I think it was actually some sort of jam). Some doughnuts are filled with creme, some with jams, some dusted with drink powders, and others sprinkled with breakfast cereals or cookie pieces. There are even vegan doughnuts, for all those Vegans who aren't health-conscious.
And as an interesting side note, the two guys who own the place are running for City Council, so we got a campaign pitch while we were there. I doubt many politicians promise that if elected, Maple Bars would fall from the sky, so they get points for originality. I didn't think to ask whether they'd favor resistance or capitulation in the face of an attacking Robot Army. Um, just wondering. No reason.
Anyway, I only nibbled my chocolate doughnut that night, so I wouldn't mess up my sleep. The rest of it was the perfect companion for this morning's coffee, and I can easily say it was the best doughnut I've had in a long time. So if you're ever in downtown Portland in the middle of the night and have an urge for a doughnut, check it out. You don't even have to have a meeting.