Plus, a little WHOOP WHOOP, as a treat.

🍩 And the winner is …

Plus, a little WHOOP WHOOP, as a treat.

Woohoo it’s Friday!

And today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: The announcement of who won our Ultimate Portland Doughnut Bracket!

Before we get to that, we want to give a huge thank you to all of the original 32 nominees in this bracket, as well as to all of you out there who put in your votes and went out to support these amazing local doughnut shops. 

This bracket saw many close calls, surprise victories, grit, and determination from all involved. And to reiterate — determining the Ultimate Portland Doughnut is not about naming the “best” Portland doughnut. It’s about celebrating our local businesses and letting them know that Portlanders care about the delicious things they create. 

So without further ado, let’s get scrolling and see who claimed the championship!

(P.S.: If you want a refresher on the top news of the week, including some amazing photos of Old Town from the ‘70s, the Reel-y good news about a local chicken shop, and our Weird Wednesday interview with The Unipiper, you can get caught up with the above links.)

🍩 Who are you calling “old fashioned”?

How far did your doughnut make it? (🎨: Bridgeliner illustration)

You voted, and the answer was loud and clear: Angel’s Blueberry Old Fashioned Doughnut is Portland’s Ultimate Doughnut. This tasty, fruity, old fashioned cake doughnut won the hearts of the voters at the end of the day. 

In the doughnut world, folks tend to fall into the camp of classic cake doughnuts or yeast doughnuts. 

According to the Huffington Post, “A cake doughnut is made with a sweetened dough that’s leavened with the help of baking powder, and is extruded into oil to cook. It’s firm, often with a slightly crunchy exterior and a soft, cake-like interior.” 

Comparatively, a yeast doughnut is a raised doughnut — meaning that it’s less dense than a cake doughnut, and much more airy. 

Angel’s falls into the cake camp, and voters appreciated it. 

If you didn’t have time to check out Angel’s during this bracket, you can find them at 2805 NE Alberta Street here in Portland. 

The Blueberry Old Fashioned Doughnut from Angel’s. (📸: @hotelguys1)

Nola’s S’mores Doughnut put up one heck of a fight right through to polls closing, so please go show them (and all of our nominees) some love on their socials, and by visiting their shop to try all of the wonderfulness they cook up. 

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our Ultimate Portland Doughnut Bracket. 

Do you have an idea for what our next bracket should feature? Hit reply to this email or email us at to send in your ideas!

Thank you to our Bridgeliner Unabridged members; your support helps make Bridgeliner, and original features like this, possible. 


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🌼 Let’s go for a wildflower walk (Online)

📚 Enjoy a beautiful lecture on the novel “Deep River” (Online)

🎵 Tap your toes to the Portland Family Band (Online)


🌿 Learn about urban weeds (Online)


❓ How much do you know about Portland? (Online)


✨ Accio Harry Potter trivia (Online)


📚 How to get students prepped for the IB Exams (Online)

🙋 One more thing …

Bud Clark is the former mayor of Portland and owner of the historic Goose Hollow Inn. (📸: Bridgeliner archive photo)

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

We are sending you into the weekend with a good memory from us — take a peep at this video we did in 2019 on former Mayor Bud Clark and the Goose Hollow Tavern. If you’ve been feeling the pandemic blues (we know we have), this might help lift your spirits. 

If we keep staying safe, wearing our masks, and getting through this, perhaps one day soon we can meet up at the Goose Hollow Tavern for a cold one and some conversation. 

Until then, get your reubens to go, stay safe, WHOOP WHOOP, and we’ll see you here on Tuesday, where we highlight folks helping the Portland community. Keep your eye on this space next week for more details.

Have a local organization that needs a shoutout? Hit reply and let us know.  

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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