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May 28th, 2019

Tonight with Cassidy (video)

NOLA Doughnuts is now serving up highly-requested vegan doughnuts. The first 3 flavors are Lemon Poppyseed, Blueberry Rhubarb and Cardamom Sugar. #TonightwithCassidy. KGW is the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. The station has been honored as station of the year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for 13 of the last 14 years for its community service.


May 24, 2019

Portland Business Journal: Five Things to Know Friday

Vegan doughnut lovers, rejoice! NOLA Doughnuts, which has a location in Lake Oswego and one in the Pearl, is adding three different vegan doughnuts to its lineup as of this morning: lemon poppyseed, blueberry rhubarb and cardamom sugar. The photos, at least, suggest these will be amazing.


May 15, 2019

Andy's Adventures: Underground Donut Tour in Portland

Andy's Adventures: Underground Donut Tour in Portland. Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; has been committed to service journalism for 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms — including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video — to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.


May 14, 2019

The Pearl: Sib Love – Two more family-run shops to try.

For a sweet taste of New Orleans in the Northwest, head to NOLA Doughnuts ( for beignets and king cakes, and—naturally—doughnuts. The company is owned by siblings Connie DeMerell and Robert Herkes, with help from brother Stephan Kuhn. “The only people who know our doughnut recipe are Robert and Stephan—it’s a family secret,” says DeMerell. “Running the business together has really given us an opportunity to support each other’s interests and dreams.” It also keeps them connected to their late mother, she adds, who passed before the business started. “She would have loved seeing us all working together.”


April 24, 2019

KGW: NOLA Doughnuts in the Pearl (video)

Out and About: NOLA Doughnuts in the Pearl. NOLA is celebrating their one-year anniversary in the Pearl District by giving away 200 doughnuts! KGW is the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. The station has been honored as station of the year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for 13 of the last 14 years for its community service.

Travel Oregon

April 22, 2019

EventWire, Eater PDX's Weekly Rundown

Purveyors of laminated, square doughnuts, NOLA Doughnuts is also celebrating its first year in Portland's Pearl District, and the cute shop in the Pearl will be giving out 200 free doughnuts, starting in the early morning. These will likely go very quickly, so get there early.


April 20, 2019

KOIN 6: Underground Donut Tour comes to PDX (video)

A new food tour is now available in Portland -- the Underground Donut Tour. Underground Donut Tours started in Chicago four years ago and has expanded to Philadelphia, New York, Seattle and Portland. The tour takes two hours as you walk about two miles to four of the best donut shops in Portland. Stops on the tour include NOLA Doughnuts, Blue Star, Coco Donuts and Voodoo Doughnut.


April 19, 2019

BAKE: PDX fourth city to add Underground Donut Tour

The Underground Donut Tour, after successful launches in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City, has announced that it has launched in a fourth city – Portland, Oregon. Beginning Friday, April 19, tours will start in the city. Among the locations included on the tour are iconic donut shops Blue Star, NOLA Doughnuts, and Voodoo Doughnut. Guests will walk between these shops as guides share the history of each location, local sights, and history along the route including Pioneer Square, Chinatown, and the PSU Campus.


April 10, 2019

Taira Lyn: The Quirkiest & Best Donuts in Portland

Finding donuts in Portland is not hard. Finding the BEST donuts in Portland is what we’re all about today. Why Portland is known for their donut is beyond me. What I do know is you cant walk very far without stumbling upon one. Each one of them very different from the other, but equally as delicious as the next. And trust you me, there will be a next.


April 2, 2019

Peppermint Heart: She & Him Eats

Pepper became a lifestyle blogger in February 2016 when Peppermintheart was launched to the public. Peppermintheart is now a creative platform that she uses to share her passion for beauty, fashion, food, traveling, and more. Pepper now resides in the heart of Silicon Valley, where she works full-time as a creative artist, lifestyle blogger and works on freelance projects. Be sure to read her post about NOLA Doughnuts in her She & Him Eats segment.


March 6, 2019

Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine

Support These Female-Owned Restaurants & Businesses in Portland . . . In Portland, you’ll find a woman stoking the flames at nearly every hot restaurant, bar, café, and bakery in town. These 100-plus women-led businesses help make the city a dining destination. NOLA Doughnuts is proud to see our co-owner, Connie DeMerell, made the list.


March 5, 2019

KGW News (video)

Eat the foods of Mardi Gras at NOLA Doughnuts. It's Fat Tuesday, the culmination of Mardi Gras season. So NOLA Doughnuts has king cake beignets and even a king cake latte to get you in the Mardi Gras spirit! KGW is the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. The station has been honored as station of the year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for 13 of the last 14 years for its community service.


March 1, 2019

PDX Pipeline

2019 Baker’s Dozen @ Ecliptic Brewing | Coffee Beer & Doughnut Festival, Featuring Samples of All 13 Beers & Doughnuts. The 5th Annual Baker’s Dozen, or BD5, melds three things Portland does best: coffee, beer, and doughnuts. Each brewer uses beans from different roasters in order to participate. Admission includes all 13 coffee beers, morsels of all 13 doughnuts, and a souvenir glass. NOLA Doughnuts is participating.


January 19, 2019

Tonight with Cassidy (video)

Celebrate Mardi Gras with sweet treats from NOLA Doughnuts. NOLA Doughnuts is serving up Mardi Gras beignets and King Cake. Get your order in now for a King Cake. #TonightwithCassidy. KGW is the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. The station has been honored as station of the year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for 13 of the last 14 years for its community service.

The Portland Tribune

January 14, 2019


New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration started Jan. 6, and with Fat Tuesday approaching March 5, it's a perfect time to visit NOLA Doughnuts. The New Orleans-style bakery and café has locations in Lake Oswego and the Pearl District, where it serves beignets and New Orleans-style donuts. All donuts are made over three days using classic French pastry techniques. In honor of upcoming Mardi Gras festivities, NOLA will bake traditional Louisiana-style King Cake for Carnival. The cake is covered in purple, green and gold sugar, and the small baby (the little trinket that bestows a kind of luck) is served on the side. Allow three days for all your King Cake orders.

The Portland Mercury

January 14, 2019

On the Go with Joe (video)

On the Go with Joe aired three segments for NOLA Doughnuts to celebrate Mardi Gras early. They featured our King Cakes and Madi Gras beignets. Click to see: Segment 1, Segment 2, Segment 3. FOX12 Oregon is part of Meredith Corporation, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; has been committed to service journalism for 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms — including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video.

The Portland Mercury

November 5, 2018

Tonight with Cassidy (video)

"Tonight with Cassidy" features NOLA Doughnuts for National Doughnut Day! NOLA Doughnuts are made with their unique La'ssant dough. #TonightwithCassidy. KGW is the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. The station has been honored as station of the year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for 13 of the last 14 years for its community service.

The Portland Mercury

November 5, 2018

Good Day Oregon (video)

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with a NOLA twist on the classic. It’s National Doughnut Day, and when you live in a town like Portland with so many delicious doughnut options, it can be tough to decide where to celebrate. MORE’s Molly Riehl went for the flakiest doughnut in town at NOLA Doughnuts. FOX12 Oregon is part of Meredith Corporation, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; has been committed to service journalism for 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms — including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video.

The Portland Mercury

April 20, 2018

New doughnut shop brings taste of NOLA to PDX (video)

Move over, VooDoo and Blue Star. The latest spin on doughnut shops, inspired by Louisiana-style hospitality, has made its tasty way from Lake Oswego to Portland's Pearl District. NOLA Doughnuts features fresh, made-to-order beignets alongside traditional chicory café au lait, croissant-style doughnuts called la'ssants, pralines, milkshakes, an ice cream "doughnut" sandwich and other goodies. The shop opened in March, just up the street from Powell's Books...

NW Exam

April 1, 2018

NOLA Doughnuts In Pearl District

NOLA Doughnuts, a Lake Oswego shop featuring New Orleans-style beignets, has opened a second location in the old Blitz bar in the Pearl District. In addition to beignets and doughnuts, the menu includes ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, espresso drinks, chicory cafe au laits, hot teas, cold teas and hot chocolate.

The Portland Mercury

March 23, 2018

Your Weekly Food and Drink News Round-Up

This week, we reported that Crackerjacks Pub & Eatery up on NW Thurman will start selling al fresco Jell-O shots from its Hell-O Jello food/booze cart on Fridays and Saturdays this spring and summer. We had the news that NOLA Doughnuts, the Lake Oswego bakery with Crescent City roots is now open in the Pearl.

Travel Oregon

March 23, 2018

More Doughnuts and Bagels Come to Portland

... Across town, NOLA Doughnuts was opening its first Portland Proper location that same Saturday, with Cajun maple bacon, s'mores, and spiced honey walnut doughnuts, as well as traditional Louisiana beignets made fresh to order. The Portland Mercury broke the news, saying the doughnut shop filled the Blitz bar space. The shop also sells ice cream, milkshakes, and, in true New Orleans fashion, chicory coffee.

The Portland Mercury

March 22, 2018

NOLA Brings Made-to-Order Beignets to the Pearl

... on St. Patrick’s Day of this year, they brought their fried dough game to the Pearl, setting up a second shop in the old Blitz bar space, where one can now enjoy made-to-order beignets, Cajun maple bacon donuts, and praline cookies. NOLA Doughnuts' new space seats about 50 and also offers doughnut-adjacent treats like ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, espresso drinks, and chicory cafe au laits. And the soundtrack is all-New Orleans all the time, from Louis Armstrong to Irma Thomas to the Rebirth Brass Band—and this Saturday, NOLA's hosting the local outfit BrassRoots Movement, who'll be on hand for a three-hour gig from 11 am to 2 pm.

Best Things Oregon

October 24, 2017

10 Best Doughnut Shops in Oregon

Ever have one of those sweet-tooth cravings that just won't quit? Sometimes, only a doughnut will do. In cases like those, your best bet is to try one of these incredible Oregon doughnut shops. Glazed cake doughnut? Check. The classic old fashioned? Double check. Doughnut covered in Fruit Loops? You've got it. You can thank us later with a half-dozen or so to share. #2 NOLA Doughnuts aims to make "a doughnut worth tasting," and with their use of fresh ingredients and layering techniques, they've succeeded. You won't find many unique doughnut experiments here: Instead, you're in store for a delicious, well-executed treat ...

Travel Portland

September 28, 2017

Where to Eat This Week, NOLA DOUGHNUTS

From an umami-packed burger and fries at Ash Bar to Somali Sambusas at the Woodstock Farmers Market, these are the things you must eat and drink this week. #1 Get sweet at Nola Doughnuts. Got an errand in Lake Oswego? Make a detour at this suburban dough slinger, which pairs New Orleans inspiration with PDX toppings for craggy fritters and tall, croissant-y layered doughnuts adorned with overwhelmingly salty-sweet Cajun maple and bacon ...


September 22, 2017

Delicious Highlights of My Sliver of Feast Portland

The first Feast food extravaganza I experienced was the Grand Tasting on Friday, September 14. As you can see above, it was a gorgeous day with clear blue skies. Everyone was in a good mood as we prepared Pioneer Square for the gastronomes to arrive. Media was admitted first from noon to 1pm, and regular ticket holders entered at 1pm. I took a tiny break around 12:30 to get a little sustenance, and that was in the form of donuts from NOLA Doughnuts ...

Travel Oregon

September 22, 2017

The 11 Restaurants That Define Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego is a beautiful city to stroll through, but it also has plenty of good dining around town. Here's a map to help you stroll with purpose (and a full belly). Dedicated to Lake Oswego's best restaurants, the map hits the luxurious options the area is known for, as well as some well-priced stops you won't want to miss. #1 Nola Doughnuts. Born and raised in New Orleans, Chef Robert Herkes Jr. brings the taste of the French Quarter to Lake O in the form of doughnuts and made-to-order beignets. Crafted over three days, his La'ssant dough results in a product that's a cross between a doughnut and croissant ...

Feast Portland

September 17, 2017


In October of 2014, NOLA Doughnuts started its journey in a small, two-bedroom apartment, creating the La'ssant doughnut. Less than a year later, the first retail shop opened in downtown Lake Oswego, OR serving La'ssant doughnuts, classic New Orleans style beignets, small batch pralines, and smooth, rich hot chocolate with house made marshmallows. The La'ssant dough is handcrafted over a three-day period; layered with the finest, grass fed, European butter throughout. The result is a doughnut with a great complexity of flavor, a deep richness, and a delicate, crisp outer layer ...

My Sight Magazine

June 20, 2017

LO Brings A New Category Of Doughnuts To Savor

Everybody loves doughnuts. The aroma of these freshly fried delectable delights is enough to make anyone's mouth water. But what if we told you that we recently discovered a completely new variety of doughnuts in the heart of Oregon, made by an upstart location with a great history to go along with it's fantastically tasty creations? Would you want to give this place a try ...


January 1, 2017

Cool Cousin, NOLA Doughnuts

If you are willing to venture a bit outside of town, I promise you will not be disappointed in this doughnut. They are the best doughnut in the Portland area, in my opinion. My personal faves are the double salted chocolate and the chocolate ganache. They serve up beignets and cafe au laits along with chicory coffee so if you're craving some food from the Big Easy, this is the place to hang out ...

Travel Oregon

January 1, 2017

Artisan Producers, NOLA Doughnuts

Drive along just about any scenic byway in Oregon and you're bound to see the creameries, chocolate shops, bakeries and mills of the food artists living the American culinary dream here. NOLA Doughnuts serves up gourmet doughnuts, fritters and bites. But their specialty is New Orleans-style beignets - tender, rectangular puffs of golden pastry, served hot from the fryer and smothered in drifts of powdered sugar ...

Travel Oregon

October 21, 2016

5 Lake Oswego Places You Need to Try

Looking for a brunch in all the wrong places? See which places made the list for best brunches in Lake Oswego. Brunch is an important part of any weekend, and your priorities will determine the place you chose. Whether you're looking to grab a drink or get a fat stack of waffles, there's a spot in Lake Oswego for you. NOLA Doughnuts is known for their handcrafted doughnuts, and they have live music blasting all day long. The dough is made from scratch over the course of a three day process, and the live music keeps the people poppin' in and out all day. Tuesday through Friday, there's a Doughnut Happy Hour. $2 Cafe Au Lait and $2 Beignets ...

Love LO

September 25, 2016

Popular Breakfast Spots in Lake Oswego

All the offerings here feature Nola's signature La'ssant dough which is three days in the making. The exception is the New Orleans style beignet, that comes to you soft and warm as it's made-to-order. Be prepared to experience doughnuts like no other. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Monday. 365 N. State Street ...

Travel Portland

March 29, 2016

Lake Oswego, Eat, Play & Shop

The tranquility of rural farmland meets sophisticated shopping and tasty eats in this Portland suburb. Follow the Willamette River south, past Portland State University and Lewis & Clark College, and you'll eventually reach the sylvan hills of Lake Oswego. In the early days — back when it was a humble assemblage of iron smelters, lumberyards and homesteaders — travelers could only reach Lake Oswego via the lazy river or bumpy dirt roads. Perhaps that's why, though only 20 minutes from downtown Portland, the city still feels a world away. Start your day at NOLA Doughnuts, armed with a chicory coffee and a beignet piled so high with powdered sugar that it resembles Mount Hood. If the French Quarter isn't French enough for you ...

Bites & Booze

December 30, 2015

Best Bites of 2015: Jay's Picks

This list did not come about easily. Over the last two weeks, Blair and Sydney have each posted about the five best things they ate in 2015. As my turn came, I wrestled with all the memories of great tasting food throughout the year. I analyzed, reminisced, and salivated over pictures of scrumptious treats from many months ago. This year has been an excellent one, and there's no doubt that I've eaten way too much good food for it be easy to narrow my list down to just five. But I've done it ...

LO Review

November 19, 2015

A taste of New Orleans comes to Lake Oswego

Why NOLA? Because that is what in New Orleans folks call New Orleans, which happens to be the hometown of DeMerell and her brothers Robert Herkes and Stephan Kuhn. They are now happily transplanted Oregonians, but they want to bring New Orleans culture to Lake Oswego, starting, of course, with their doughnuts. While still living in New Orleans, Herkes became inspired to make a great doughnut. Herkes said, "I wanted to create something from scratch that I could give to people, see their reaction and make them happy."

Best Things Oregon

December 1, 2015

Dining in Lake Oswego

The French Quarter in Lake Oswego! A newcomer to Lake Oswego and making a big splash is NOLA Doughnuts with their light, killer beignets and chicory coffee. Add the jazz, cheerful, friendly staff and NOLA embodies the spirit of New Orleans. You just want to stay all day! I was captivated by the ambiance as I enjoyed two beignets with oodles of powdered sugar and a cafe au lait. The funny thing is that I planned to eat one beignet and take the others home. Silly me!

Bites & Booze

October 12, 2015

Gourmet Doughnuts, Chicken Wings, and Craft Beer

We begin with the above photographed Maple Doughnuts from none other than Nola Doughnuts. Robert Herkes, the man seen through the donut hole, is a New Orleans/Baton Rouge transplant who found himself slinging croissant-inspired doughnuts at farmers markets outside of Portland. His apple fritters, doughnuts, and bites sell out quickly, and soon he's building a brick and mortar location for his insanely good treats ...

Travel Portland

July 1, 2015

Farmers Market Vendor Spotlight, NOLA Doughnuts

Our flagship product is the La'ssant. It consists of our laminated dough, which is fried, gently rolled in fine sugar, and topped with high quality glazes and toppings made fresh daily. Our fritters are created by slicing the La'ssant dough and mixing it with seasonal fruits, spices, and herbs. They are then fried to a dark golden brown, leading to it's crunchy texture. Our Bites are created from the holes when cutting the La'ssants. We then toss these in sugar and spices. Currently we serve our Cinnamon Sugar Bites and Mocha Bites ...


February 10, 2015

Portland's Best Donuts ...

The best has been found. I encountered them at the Beaverton Farmers Market. They are NOLA Doughnuts out of Lake Oswego ... They were spotlighting a new one, based on a baklava recipe, a cinnamon walnut donut that is quite literally, out of this world. They also had samples of their apple fritter. Either of these donuts were the best I have ever eaten and blow anything else away ...