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Portland’s Best Donuts

If you missed it, the Mister and I visited Portland, Oregon in early October where I attended the Hello Sessions conference, we visited Cannon Beach, and hiked to see Multnomah Falls. And we also learned that Portland loves its food! Portland celebrates food with tasty food carts, several awesome pizza spots, and some amazing donuts! So we went on a donut tour to find the best donuts of Portland! Because there’s more to donuts in Portland than just Voodoo DoughnutPortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryLet’s just get it out of the way! One of the many things Portland is known for is Voodoo Doughnut. If you go to Portland and don’t visit Voodoo Doughnut, did you really go to Portland? Just go! Bring cash! It’s open 24 hours, so do yourself a favor and avoid the long lines on weekend mornings by visiting during off-peak hours. You can learn more about Voodoo Doughnuts in my blog post herePortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryPortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryPortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryPortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryPortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryNext up? Donut Byte Lab. Located in one of Portland’s food carts right around the corner from Voodoo Doughnut is Donut Byte Lab which advertises gourmet mini doughnuts made by a robot. However, this Peanut Butter Cup mini doughnut wasn’t handed to me by a robot, but rather a hand outfitted with bright orange press-on nails who muttered something about how the donut is better than the ones around the corner. Portland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryPortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryPortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryThen we crossed town and went to Blue Star Donuts because it was probably easier for us to visit Blue Star Donuts in Portland than it is to visit Blue Star Donuts in Venice, CA! Many believe Blue Star Donuts have the best doughnuts in Portland which might have something to do with the brioche dough that takes 18 hours to make and is made fresh daily! I tried the fruity Passion Fruit Cocoa Nib doughnut and it lived up to the Blue Star hype! Portland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryPortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryPortland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryIt was getting a bit late in the day, but we made it to Coco Donuts before they closed. Coco Donuts offers quality, handcrafted, classic doughnuts made daily AND quality coffee roasted in-house! I can attest that their Lavender Glazed Doughnut goes great with their coffee! Portland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryAnd then we had to hop in an Uber to drive to Helen Bernhard Bakery. In a city filled with gourmet, high-concept doughnuts, the classic doughnuts at Helen Bernhard Bakery take you back to the past! The bakery is old-school, offering pastries, breads, cupcakes, cookies, and of course, doughnuts! I tried the Maple Bar and it was one of the best maple bar doughnuts I’ve ever had! Portland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryAnd then we hopped in another Uber to make it to Staccato Gelato. Staccato Gelato offers both amazing gelato AND delicious cake doughnuts. The full-size doughnuts are available on the weekends, so combine the gelato and the doughnut and make yourself a gelato doughnut sandwich. Doughnut holes are offered Monday through Thursday. Their Marionberry Doughnut Hole (bottom doughnut hole pictured) was tasty! Portland Donut Tour // Salty CanaryUnfortunately, we weren’t able to make it to Pip’s Donuts. They close at 4pm and we missed them both days! Maybe next trip along with a few other donut shops!

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