Yesterday I posted about Voodoo Donuts, and how little it impressed me. Today, I get to have my mouth water thinking about the donuts from a different place.
Blue Star has a few locations around Portland, (two of which I visited) as well as Los Angeles and Tokyo. If anyone is visiting Portland, and likes donuts, I highly recommend them. The donuts are excellently created and their flavor profiles are thoughtful, imaginative, and spot on. This place definitely goes for quality over quantity. Their display is clean and simple with lots of white tile and white platters.
I went for the maple and bacon donut first. By now this is a pretty standard flavor combination, but Blue Star did it well. The bacon, while there was a good amount, wasn't overpowering, and the donut was perfectly light and airy. I also got to try the lemon poppy buttermilk cake donut. It was delicious. The cake was moist and not too dense, and the glaze was that perfect balance between tangy and sweet.
While I happened to try more standard flavor profiles I loved their selection from Mexican Hot Chocolate to Blueberry Bourbon Basil. I wish I could have tried all of them.
kaitlin k walsh
Adventurer armed with a camera.