We’re in Portland for a bit this summer, and it is a city of doughnuts (or donuts). I, being a lover of doughnuts, have decided to make it my mission to sample as many different doughnut shops’ wares as possible.
The heavy hitters are on the list (VooDoo and Bluestar), but up first up a long time Portland staple: Annie’s Donuts. I don’t know why their sign doesn’t have an apostrophe while their name does, but so it goes. I also don’t know why they don’t have a website, but I suppose it isn’t part of their business plan.
This is a little funky doughnut shop that has a very “family-owned” vibe. I went in early afternoon and while the choices weren’t slim there were a lot of empty trays in the display case.
Luckily, I was a man on a mission and that mission was: purchasing a maple bar. I am happy to report that mission was a success:
A high-end doughnut this is not, but a delicious doughnut it is. It is a yeast doughnut (though they offer cake doughnuts as well, the maple bar is yeast) and very light. Sometimes, when you get a less than fancy doughnut (or even a fancy one) it’ll taste heavily of grease. This one tasted of maple and sugar. The maple frosting is SUPER sweet, which I enjoy. If you don’t like teeth tingling sweetness, you might want to opt for something else they offer.
I was very tempted to get a cream cheese muffin in addition to my maple bar, but I resisted the temptation. I may, if we pass by again, give in and get one.
Verdict: A tasty sweet treat for your lovely face. And it was less than $2.