This place has two locations in Portland and both of them serve excellent potato donuts, which are just a slightly denser version of the donuts you’re probably used to. Their flavors are all over the place and they usually have 20-30 options available, like pomegranate, maple bacon, and our personal favorite, chocolate sea salt. Stop by either of The Holy Donut shops for breakfast, or when you need a midday snack. There’ll be a line regardless of when you go, but it’s always worth it. And if you need some caffeine while you wait, Bard Coffee is located just a block up from the Old Port location.
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