5 Portland donut shops that kick Voodoo Doughnut's butt

Portlanders take their donuts seriously, as well they should. One of the city's most famous tourist spots, Voodoo Doughnut, earned its stripes by giving the blue-collar breakfast staple a shot of punk-rock attitude. But what most locals have learned is that, while Voodoo started something good in 2003, there's a lot more to Portland's donut scene. Out-of-towners may still flock to the Voodoo storefront in Old Town for maple bacon bars and Froot Loop-covered cake donuts, but Rose City donut fans know to try these five other shops for a kick-ass donut experience in Portland.

Blue Star Donuts
This small chain of artisan donut shops has outposts in most of Portland's bustling hipster neighborhoods, including on Northwest 23rd Avenue and on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. Come for the OG (original glazed that gets its gourmet bona fides from a brioche dough and horchata-based glaze). Stay for the limited-edition chocolate buttermilk old fashioned or the indulgent Cointreau creme brulee, a French riff on a Boston cream.

Pip's Original Doughnuts
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Located in Northeast Portland on the edge of the Cully neighborhood, this quirky breakfast spot knows that bigger isn't necessarily better in donutland. Fans line up around the block for Pip's made-to-order specialty, mini-donuts by the dozen in a few select flavors, including classic cinnamon and sugar, decadent Nutella-frosted and sweet/tangy sea-salt and raw honey.

The Rocking Frog Cafe
There's nothing fancy going on in this converted bungalow in Southeast Portland — just deliciously old-school cake donuts, fried to order. Get them plain or topped with cinnamon, vanilla, maple or chocolate, then stroll one block north to explore the historic grounds of Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland's second-largest arboretum.

Coco Donuts
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There are several outposts of this mod coffee shop; we recommend the downtown location because it's perfect for a treat after browsing the shops in Portland's Pioneer Square. You can't go wrong with the basics here (in fact, the menu doesn't aim for avant garde, unlike its hipster cousins). Try the traditional sugar-glazed twist, or go for the apple fritter, with its subtle kiss of cinnamon.

Tonalli's Donuts & Cream
It feels like you've stepped back in time when you grab coffe and donuts at Tonalli's, which opened on Alberta Avenue well before the street anchored the Alberta Arts District (shorthand for the rise of Portland's creative class). Sitting cheek-by-jowl with its edgier neighbors, Tonalli's features a pastry case packed with fresh donuts and a freezer cabinet full of Oregon's beloved Umpqua Dairy ice cream. Order a dozen assorted or a banana split if you're more interested in no-frills nostalgia than cooler-than-thou attitude.

A longtime writer and editor, Jillian Martin moved to Portland before "Portlandia" backlash was a thing. She lives in Southeast with her husband, kids and tabby cat.