Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Potato Doughnuts in Portland?

All of a sudden, Potato Doughnuts (also known as the Spudnut) seem to be everywhere. They're the latest craze to hit Portland. I had never heard of potato doughnuts until very recently, but they've been around since the early 1900s. Potato doughnuts are made with mashed potatoes or potato starch instead of flour, and as a result, they're sweeter and lighter than the traditional doughnut. 

Holy Donut, a shop specializing in potato doughnuts is located on Park Avenue across from the Ice Arena, and it has hipster written all over it. Designed in a shabby chic style, Holy Donut has comfy sofas, plenty of rustic furniture, and that all important feature, the "cool" twenty-something customer.

The doughnuts are pricey ($1.50), but they are delicious. The day I visited, I tried the cinnamon sugar and sweet potato. Yum! And if crowds are any indication, Holy Donut is a success. The place was full. Go early. Many of the favorites sell out fast. 

However, for my money, I would head to Tony's Donut Shop. They have traditional doughnuts at reasonable prices ($.80). No hip people or potato doughnuts here, just good doughnuts, full of sugar, fat, and calories.

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