On a Sunday morning, we got up and trekked up 12 streets to the downtown Portland location of Blue Star Donuts.
I’d heard a lot of about donuts in Portland. “Go to Voodoo Donuts” people would stay, but honest I wasn’t that into it. Donuts packed with as much crap as possible didn’t appeal to me. Blue Star Donuts on the other hand. They seemed to have some class to them.
We arrived at Blue Star about 20 minutes before they opened, 8 am, to find only two people in line ahead of us. So we waited and as the time grew nearer the line grew longer. By opening the line must have been 30 people long, on a Sunday morning.
We decided to try six. I won’t review them all – go try them for yourself – but I will say that we can 6 to try, not to eat in one sitting. They were as follows:
- Blue Berry Bourbon Basil
- Raspberry Buttermilk
- Hard Apple Cider Fritter
- Lemon and Key Lime
- Death by Real Chocolate with Crunch (Not the real name but that’s what I’m calling it)
- Maple Bacon
They all tasted real if that is a way to describe a donut. They didn’t just taste like sugar, they tasted like real ingredients, which goes a long way.
The neatest part for me, though, was actually seeing them prep, bake, fill and display the donuts. It was quite the production, in a relatively small space.
If you go to Portland, try the Blue Star donuts. It is less of a line than Voodoo, but they do still sell out.