In Denver on a Thursday night after leaving a concert that ended early because it was snowing and the entire block lost power? Have nothing better to do at 2 in the morning other than drive an hour and a half to Denver on a school night? Visiting Denver for the first time and the only place your sister wants to visit is some shop she saw online? VooDoo Doughnuts is the place to go!
Close friends Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon started their dreams of creating a fun business together in their home town Portland by starting with something they have never done before – making donuts! It wasn’t long until the first VooDoo Doughnuts opened its first doors in 2003 and quickly became a world-renowned cult classic. With only 8 locations, it’s no wonder that there’s a line going down the block every time I happen to visit with people visiting from all across the globe.
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The menu is provided on their website, but here’s a quick rundown:
- Yeast Raised
- Jelly/Cream filled
- Traditional glazes or sugar coatings
- Toppings and shapes I can’t even begin to generalize
Needless to say, VooDoo has a lot of different options! It isn’t difficult to find a traditional option you know you like or try something new and exciting.
The quality of the plain, regular donuts are certainly better than anything you can get at a gas station but are certainly not the best dough around. The donut itself is a little sweeter than what I’m used to getting and tend to be a little dryer (this may be because I only go past midnight and may be getting ones that have been sitting out).
But people don’t fly all the way out to one of the locations to get a regular glazed donut. VooDoo got it’s fame from their giant 1-pound glazed ring, the jelly filled voodoo doll, the cream filled phallic piece of dough, and so many other crazy and fun shapes and toppings. These are the menu items that make the trip worth it every single time. Most of these famed donuts serve the function to satisfy a sweet tooth as they are loaded with sugary fillings, frostings, cookies, and cereals. There are a few choice donuts that are dusted or frosted with tangy toppings if overly-sweet isn’t your thing.
When you’re standing in front of the doors of VooDoo, it is immediately apparent that this is not anywhere close to being your standard donut stop. Every decoration and poster adorning the store reflect the culture they have created and continue to support. Posters of concerts for local bands, a pair of headphones to listen to those bands, signage of the organizations they donate to, giant frosted donuts dedicated to special events, holidays, and celebrities, and of course all of the iconic bright pink paint and VooDoo logos. If the donuts themselves somehow don’t stand out to you, the store and dedication to the culture certainly will.
That being said, the store is to-go only as there is no indoor or outdoor seating. This makes sense as it is almost always busy (the least amount of people I’ve seen in line is 10, and that was at 3 a.m.) and having that availability would make the store far more crowded than it already is.
✓ Street parking only / No designated parking lot
✓ Cash only (ATM available in store)
✓ Open 24/7
✓ Order Ahead
✓ Specialty Orders
✓ VooDoo Van (Catering)
✓ Merch Available
✓ Gift Certificates
VooDoo Doughnuts has captured the attention and hearts of many, including mine. The culture of supporting local artists and outreaching to local organizations truly makes this an uncommonly exceptional business. There’s just something special about fun, crazy, unique donuts that come in boxes of your favorite color and are available at hours you should be studying and sleeping but are rather devouring delicious donuts.