Food & Drink

Some sweet, some savory, all extreme

Published On 12/05/2012 Published On 12/05/2012

The folks behind Yakuza and Little Big Burger continue their quest to make you a Big Big Person with Blue Star, which shells out sweet and savory "donuts for adults" -- meaning they have super-complex flavors, not that they're named Jenna Glaze

The magic happens in a sunny open kitchen, where you can watch as they roll out dough, fry it, then dunk the rings in toppings. Yes, that is a full-sized hand holding this one

Those 'nuts run the flavor gamut from horchata-glazed and passion fruit/poppy seed, to boozy efforts like blueberry/bourbon/basil and these fritters made with hard apple cider

These round ones are the size of a softball, and will make you look like you enjoy sports that don't require athleticism or really even movement, thanks to creme brulee or strawberry/jalapeno jam

On the savory side, there're these maple jobs topped with housemade bacon, or made-to-order fried chicken/honey butter-stuffed monstrosities

One thing the Dunkin' dude got right is the pairing of donuts & coffee, so they're also whipping up the gourmet javas and espressos, proving Jenna and her esteemed co-workers aren't the only ones who can put their beans to good use.

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1. Blue Star Donuts 1237 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Blue Star's donuts are made from a brioche recipe that originated in France, and the buttery dough takes 18 hours to process before it's fried in rice oil the next morning and served fresh. The sophisticated flavors are a stark contrast to what's on the shelf at Portland's other doughnuttery, the eccentric Voodoo Doughnut. Look there for slabs of bacon and Oreo cookie bits; here you'll find blueberry bourbon basil glaze and chipotle chocolate ganache, and okay, a bacon donut dotted with crunchy bits.



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