Because every Friday the 13th should involve a little voodoo magic, today’s dish of the day is a box of goodness from the newly opened Voodoo Doughnuts.
Prior to opening on 6th Street in downtown Austin, the Portland, OR-based doughnut purveyors garnered a cult following, thanks to their extensive menu of doughnuts flavors and surprisingly fair prices. While there are plenty of choices for doughnut traditionalists, Voodoo’s eclectic, offbeat options are what really put the shop on the map. Truly, with toppings ranging from mango to CoCo Puffs, Butterfingers to bacon, Voodoo leaves no flavor combo unturned in crafting its doughnuts.
In the name of research, I have made a couple of trips by the shop to do a little field-testing on some of these said flavors to overall solid results. Voodoo’s traditional cake style doughnut, such as the maple glazed Old Fashioned and double chocolate, are the clear favorites of the bunch. A perfect coffee companion, the cake doughnut is dense and moist without being overpoweringly sweet. Pro tip: the powered sugar cake doughnuts tend to go quickly, so arrive early to grab one of those.
The Apple Fritter runs a close second to the Old Fashioned. The fritter tastes like a center layer of a cinnamon roll combined with warm apples and a hint of maple. Giant in size, it is certainly big enough a share, but no one would blame you if you didn’t.
As for the more out of the box options, the results were a bit more mixed. The shop’s strawberry jelly filled namesake doughnut is a must order, both for its design and deliciousness, while the triple chocolate, pentagram-adorned ‘Diablos Rex’ is a chocolate lover’s dream.
Some of the more creative options, however, tend to look a little more appealing than they actually are to eat. For example, I found the ‘The Loop’, a glazed doughnut covered in vanilla icing and Froot Loops, a bit dry and its cereal topping stale. Thus, I’d recommend sticking to the tried and true.
Judging by the consistent lines of customers since opening in October, the new shop has quickly become a fan favorite of Austinites eager to jump on the Voodoo bandwagon. The wait can get a little tedious at peak times as the Voodoo crew gets their feet wet, but the resulting pink box filled with warm, fresh doughnuts is well worth it.
Voodoo Doughnuts plans to be open 24 hours a day after the New Year, but for now, the shop is open from 7am Wednesday until the very last doughnut is sold on Sunday (Closed Monday & Tuesday). According to Voodoo’s website, the doughnuts have a short shelf life of 8-12 hours, which I discovered to be very true with a batch bought on Sunday for work on Monday. Each doughnut is priced around $.95-$2.00, making it easy to get a little overzealous when ordering, which of course it not necessarily such a bad thing!
Voodoo Doughnuts, 212 East 6th Street, Austin TX 78701. Open from 7am Wednesday until the last doughnut is sold on Sunday.