Mini Doughnuts, Big Appetite at Pip’s Original
I’m not really a mini kind of person. I like heaping helpings of fried chicken and all the fixings; my high heels are several inches tall; the only thing mini on my body are my elf-like ears; and my family, well there are a lot of us. Mini is not my thing.
That is until I met the mini doughnut of Portland, Oregon.
I discovered Pip’s while reading an article naming the top donut places across the United States (pure opinion). Wherever my family travels we make a point to visit a local bakery and to promptly judge it with astute observations. On our way out of Portland, as recommended in the article, we paid a visit to Pip’s Original Doughnuts and Chai.
We were greeted with a long line (but a chill, totally Portland vibe), and my parents were not impressed with the prices, each donut being about 50 cents each (apparently I’ve been living in a city for too long and have become immune to overpriced foods), but we were intrigued by the flavors. I don’t remember the exact names, but I get the job done.
Cinnamon and Sugar, for the traditionalists. A great texture, with just enough sweetness and simplicity.
Caramel Bacon, for the sweet and salty lovers. The first bite bombarded us with an intense real bacon flavor. This is a legit bacon doughnut, only suitable for true bacon fans.
Seasonal Blackberry with Lavender, for the locals and adventurous at heart. A dream wrapped in a doughnut, wrapped in another dream. And then you’ll fall asleep and actually dream because lavender is super relaxing…
Usually with hyped up foods I’m pretty disappointed when I take a bite. My expectations were too high based on the long line and innovative presentation. If I analyzed this donut I would say overall it has a good, meaty consistency. In other words, it’s not crumbly and holds itself together nicely. The flavors they’re named for are accurately represented (I know, I’m being technical, but this is important!). The flavors are explosive, maybe even a little overwhelming in the case of the bacon. And they’re just the right size and are neatly designed.
Order two, order four or order one dozen. Order four dozen. Go wild! They’re cooked to order so there’s not worrying about stale, day old doughnuts. This is just another way they’ve set themselves apart from the norm. Three was almost more than we could swallow for each of us. Maybe I wasn’t clear above, but these are rich with flavor. Savor them. My mom and I favored the blackberry with lavender, and my dad was partial to cinnamon and sugar.
There were a few other flavors, but we didn’t try those so I won’t even go there. Let’s just say they involved Nutella. I’m not a huge fan, but to each their own! Follow their Instagram for updates on their latest flavors, which apparently change just as often as the characters on Portlandia.
By the way, before I end this post I want to explain the difference between donut and doughnut. The latter appears to be a more traditional spelling, while the former is a simpler and more widely used spelling. Pip’s name originally threw me off because all my life I thought I had been spelling doughnut wrong because I kept seeing donut on all the store’s window displays.
Turns out I was just being traditional. Typical. Obviously I couldn’t choose between which one to use in this post. I have issues with rebelling versus staying within the confines of tradition. It’s a real personal problem. Much like my incessant need to be sarcastic when I’m feeling uncomfortable.
And now that I think about it, Pip’s name is a bit of an oxymoron, because these doughnuts are not at all traditional. But that’s Portland for ya. They go against the grain but don’t at the same time. They really are stuck in the 90s.
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