Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee is a very popular doughnut shop in Orange County and one we’ve enjoyed on several occassions.
It’s been a while since our last visit, and over the weekend while running some errands in the area, I decided we had to make a stop after seeing their seasonal flavors, including chocolate budino and mid-summer garden, on their Instagram feed.
Unlike most doughnut shops, Sidecar extends its hours on the weekend, so you can still get a great selection of fresh doughnuts late into the day.
Doughnuts are made in small batches, and you can watch the bakers while you wait in line to order. This helps ensure that you will almost always get your flavor choices and the donuts are often still warm when you eat them. There’s always a small line when we are here and on this hot day, it was no exception.
After much contemplating, we chose four flavors to try.
I know it’s only August, but I’m pretty sure this is going to end up being the best doughnut I ate in 2015 (and if you follow me on Instagram you know I consume a lot of doughnuts). It starts with a raised chocolate doughnut, which I was surprised to find. While I’ve had many raised doughnuts before, they almost always start with a plain base which is then flavored through frostings and glazes. This was the first time I had encountered a chocolate flavored raise doughnut. It was fluffy, light and not too sweet. The doughnut is then filled with a rich, thick, salted caramel sauce It also has some cream and cocoa crumbs on top for garnish.
This doughtnut was so unbelievably good that after taking a bit out of it while sitting at one of their outside tables, we immediately decided we needed another one to bring home, so Mr. K jumped back into the store to order another one.
I’m such a sucker for flowers and these doughnuts drew me in with their prettiness. I felt compelled to get two because I couldn’t decide if I preferred the ones with the orange flowers or yellow ones.
The donut itself is a walnut, zucchini, carrot cake doughnut. It’s then sweetened with a rose water lemon glaze.
Unfortunately, these were a miss for me. I usually like carrot and zucchini cake but for some reason these tasted a bit dry. The rose water glaze was also quite floral. The ensemble did actually taste like I was taking a bite out of my garden, but not necessarily in a good way.
The blackberry one was a cake doughnut filled with blackberry bits and then covered in a thin blackberry flavored glaze. I enjoyed this one and especially liked the fresh blackberries sitting on top.
This is one of their regular flavors and one of my personal favorites. Using Oregon huckleberries, it’s the only doughnut shop I’ve come across with a huckleberry flavored doughnut. On this visit, we got especially lucky because the cake doughnut was still warm on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. We devoured this one very quickly.
We were quite curious about their coffee selection too, but we’d had already consumed quite a lot of coffee earlier that morning. Next time!
Overall, we had another really great visit. We love the doughnut selection, especially their seasonal offerings. We also like that the doughnuts are constantly being made throughout the day so you don’t have to stress about having to get there first thing in the morning. They are about to open a second location in Santa Monica. I hope they choose to expand to San Diego.
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
270 E 17th St #18, Costa Mesa, CA 92627