Portland, Ore., continues to push food boundaries. And believe it or not, this includes doughnut boundaries, too. In fact, there are plenty of options when it comes to doughnut shops in Portland.
A lesser-known shop is Pip's Original Doughnuts, found not far from downtown on Fremont Street. Between their hot doughnuts and hot drinks, they're sure to please.
Opened in 2013 by husband and wife Nate and Jamie Snell, Pip's Original has steadily increased in popularity year after year. Pip's has even been awarded the prize for best doughnut in Portland by one of the local publications – the Portland Tribune – for their honey and sea salt flavor.
Pip's Original's mini doughnuts — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
As soon as you enter Pip's, you'll be on sensory overload, in a good way. The first thing you'll notice is the remarkable smell. Between the doughnuts being fried and the lattes being made, the smells are delectable. Plus, the place is adorable and totally Portland.
Doughnuts at Pip's happen to be excellent without any toppings at all, but with the custom toppings, they are out of this world. Many of the toppings are made with high-quality salts and spices from The Meadow, a shop we previously highlighted on 10Best.
Pip's Original on Fremont — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
Currently, Pip's offers six types of doughnuts. These choices include basic sugar and cinnamon doughnuts; doughnuts drizzled in raw honey; and more adventurous creations like the Dirty Wu, a doughnut topped with cinnamon, raw honey, pink Himalayan sea salt and Nutella.
The candied bacon maple doughnuts come with a savory bacon jam topping that is unlike anything else you'll find around.
It's fun to eat here, since you can completely indulge and order a little bit of everything because the doughnuts are tiny and cheap.
The indulging doesn't stop at just doughnuts. They make incredible chai lattes, too. Anyone who appreciates a good chai will adore Pip's.
Pip's uses tea and raw spices to create five flavorful house-crafted chai lattes. Their chai blends are never pasteurized or microfiltered, so you're actually drinking the spices and tea.
Two of their most popular chai blends are the Smokey Robinson – a blend of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, Assam and Lapsang Souchong teas – and the Ginger Rodgers, a blend of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, Thai chile and Assam black tea.
If you can't decide between the five blends, then order the chai sampler and try them all!
For an original experience in Portland, stop in and enjoy a one-of-a-kind chai with a one-of-a-kind doughnut at Pip's Original. And remember to tell them if it's your birthday: they'll give you a dozen doughnuts for free.