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Portland: Mmmmmm Doughnuts…

OK, so eating doughnuts when trying to lose weight is at best, well, counterproductive. But how can you resist when Portland has so many wonderful and creative doughnut shops?

Unfortunately, my first attempt to bask in the glow of local doughnuts was thwarted when, after finding Voodoo Doughnut Too — part of the doughnut store that made cereal and voodoo doll doughnuts famous — I realized that I had no cash on me and that the store’s ATM was out of bills.

Rather than finding an ATM and driving back, though, I decided to head home — because at least I figured out where the store is. I’ll be back soon.

In the meantime, though, I headed over to a store that takes debit and credit cards and makes a few interesting and creative doughnut types of its own.

I speak, of course, of Acme Donuts, famed for its peanut butter and jelly doughnut — among other strange varieties.

Acme Donuts on Powell

I’ve eaten their doughnuts before on various trips to Portland, but I haven’t been back since I moved into the neighborhood a few weeks ago.

I have to say, their version of my doughnut heaven could very well be this thing:

An Orange and Bits doughnut from Acme

It might not be the most symmetrical of doughnuts — not that that’s a requirement for tastiness — but the chunks of orange and what might have been pineapple drizzled all over the thing are just drool-inducingly good.

I actually brought back seven different doughnuts, the store’s version of the baker’s half-dozen. But I’m trying to restrain myself so, other than taking a bite of the PBJ doughnut, the rest are still intact and sitting on my kitchen counter.

I did, at least, walk over there. And I spent this morning putting a desk together, so hopefully I worked some of the calories off.

Maybe I should go eat more of that PBJ doughnut, or try one of the other ones. The Cara-Maple doughnut also looked really hard to pass up. You can’t go wrong with caramel and maple.

Doughnuts on display at Acme Donuts

More doughnuts on display at Acme Donuts

And even more doughnuts on Acme's shelves

Then again, maybe I should wait a little bit first — where one doughnut goes, others are sure to follow.

The store also has a few varieties of vegan doughnuts — but watch out. We already know that vegan tagging gangs roam the streets here in Portland. Then again, maybe ordering a vegan doughnut could save your life.

Yup, this town has vegan taggers. Beware!

My advice, if you find yourself on southeast Powell with a hankering for Homer Simpson’s favorite snack, check out Acme. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of ways to work off the calories later.

So many doughnuts, so little time


Update: After trying several doughnut types, most of which were wonderfully tasty, I have to say that the store’s jelly just really isn’t for me. The jelly (that’s jam for you across the pond) isn’t at all sweet and tastes sort of bland. It’s not too overwhelming in the PBJ doughnut, where the peanut butter masks it, but in a pure jelly doughnut, well, it really did nothing for me.


May 13, 2010 - Posted by | Portland | , ,


  1. Oooooooooooh, slurp!

    Comment by Linnigee | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. I want another one of those Orange and Bits ones 😉

    Comment by SueVo | May 13, 2010 | Reply

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