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Sidecar Doughnuts – Gourmet Doughnuts are In, Cupcakes are Out

Sidecar Doughnuts – Gourmet Doughnuts are In, Cupcakes are Out

Sidecar doughnuts TruckFor the past year there has been rumors of a unique gourmet doughnut shop opening up in Costa Mesa called “Sidecar.” During the Locale Magazine party, I was able to try their doughnuts for the first time from the back of their 1959 Bakery Delivery Van. I was impressed with the flavor of their doughnuts and their overall hipster swag. The wait is over and Sidecar officially opened their doors this morning on 270 East 17th St, Costa Mesa with the smells of doughnuts wafting out the door.

Sidecar Doughnuts

Sidecar Doughnuts made fresh every hour

Sidecar’s doughnut selection rotates weekly  and seasonally  They plan to bake fresh doughnuts every hour to ensure the best freshness and flavor. The characteristic of their doughnuts that stood out the most was the crisp exterior and the warm soft center. Fresh always tastes better.  Sidecar’s founders, Brooke De Prez and Sumter Pedegrast, wanted to make a cool hang out in Orange County that served “cutting edge coffee” and Chef Brooke’s near perfect doughnut.  After experiencing Sidecar, I think they have accomplished their goal.

Sidecar Doughnuts

Sidecar Doughnuts Daily Menu

As I stood there chomping away at my doughnut samples, I was taken aback by the freshness and fruit forward flavors of the doughnuts.  Since they make “seasonal” doughnuts, many of the flavors are made with fresh fruit.  I had many favorites, although the best example of natural flavor fruit forward flavor was their Huckleberry Doughnut. Made with fresh huckleberries, this purple cake doughnut had a pleasant balance of yeast cake flavor and natural berry sweetness. Their doughnuts had a balanced sugar profile that is round on the palate, making it easy to eat many doughnuts without realizing it. Be warned, you might eat more than you expected.  If you like naturally fruit flavored doughnuts, be sure to try the Meyer lemon doughnut as well!

Sidecar Doughnuts

Sidecar Doughnuts – A sampling of their doughnuts today. The Huckleberry is the deep purple one on the right side. Right above it is the maple bacon!

One of my other favorite was the Malasada doughnuts. If you recognize the name, it is probably because you took a vacation to Hawaii. They are a sugary puff style doughnut without a hole. Sidecar’s Malasada is coated with sugar, yet still retains a balanced flavor. You have to try their Malasada filled with a haupia (coconut) cream.  If you like cream filled doughnuts like me, this will be your new doughnut crush.

Sidecar Doughnuts

Sidecar Doughnuts – Malasada Doughnuts are as good as the ones in Hawaii

Another exciting doughnut was the Bacon Maple Doughnut. Providing a subtle nod to the the Orange County Fair, this puff doughnut is topped with a sweet maple glaze and topped with bacon of course J.  I took some Sidecar doughnuts to work and this one seemed to be the crowd favorite. According to one of my co-workers, “it was a nice balance of savory, salty and sweet.” Everything tastes better with bacon.

Sidecar Diughnuts

Sidecar Diughnuts has a fun box shape – Longer is better than thicker

Sidecar Diughnuts - Stumptown coffeeBe sure to try their Stumptown Coffee, which is small-batch Portland based roaster.  Sidecar plans on rotating different Stumptown roasts each month, to so that the coffee’s flavor complements their seasonal doughnuts.. I got a very serious coffee buzz from their coffee. I am not sure if it was the coffee or sugar in the doughnuts, but I am still wired.

Sidecar Doughnuts

Sidecar Doughnuts Decor is hipster and eclectic

The Sidecar’s ambiance oozes coolness. I know it is hard, but just stop for a second to appreciate the ambiance. When I visited the hip sounds of Jimmy Cliff  was being played on an 1970 record player and noticed that they had deer antlers mounted on the coffee menu board. Keep an eye out for the doughnut shaped décor and the daily doughnut menu on the peach plate glass mirror. The X factor that made this place fun was the positive energy of the staff. As I stood there enjoying my doughnut and coffee, I discovered that I had a smile on my face. Sidecar is my kind of place.  www.sidecardoughnuts.com

Sidecar Doughnuts

I could eat all the doughnuts at Sidecar!

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About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.


  1. Tom . . . . This post made me bake some homemade mini-donuts this weekend. Some with a Meyer lemon glaze! Others with dark chocolate, coconut, or raspberry-pomegranate glaze. Mmm. :-)

  2. Of course this would be about doughnuts when I haven’t had breakfast yet!! Now I want a plate of these doughnuts!! lol I’ll have to go get some now. 😉

  3. Wow! I can get lost in those scrumptious pictures you post! Of course, now I’m craving a donut! Excellent blog you have created. Always a joy to visit.

  4. Alexandra McAllister

    OMGoodness! I feel like running out and going to buy some donuts! These look amazingly delicious! Of course, they don’t have any calories, do they? :)

  5. Holy doughnuts Batman!! Who cares about calories? This is a must…. Have never run across this where I live.. gourmet doughnuts… my daughter would die! Great pics and great posts! So glad to have found and connected!

  6. You can tell Mayor Bloomberg isn’t in California … these would have been banned before they ever saw daylight! 😉

  7. Those doughnuts look delicious, did you try the maple bacon flavor?

  8. Meryl Hershey Beck

    Tom, Sidecar doughnuts sounds like a good place for meeting friends or grabbing dessert and a cup-o-joe after dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Tom, every time I come to your blog, I get hungry! LOL Now, I am going to have to go out and find some gluten free donuts or bake some!! Wish donuts like these came in gluten free!

  10. You do realize this is just wrong, right Tom? Smile….I’m with Sherie…any gluten free ones?

  11. Yes Sherie and MamaRed,
    They do have some really nice gluten free doughnuts! Every Friday is Gluten Free day and they made some special batches for the Ciliac and Gluten Free crowd.

  12. I loved their doughnuts. Great write up. I agree with you about huckleberry being a fave and Meyer lemon was a close second:-) I was bummed I did not get to try the cocount cream filled one..next time..:-)

  13. Cathy Taughinbaugh

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for sharing the info about the donuts. Do need to spread my donut intake out a bit, but will be going down to the area in June, so may just stop by Sidecar Donuts.

  14. Awesome! The pictures and your descriptions of the donuts was excellent – brought back some great childhood memories for me as my father was a professional baker and his lemon donuts were awesome!!

  15. Oh, my, you are cruel, tempting me with these delicious sounding doughnuts. You sure make them sound scrumpous! Of course, they are!

  16. Lisa Frederiksen - BreakingTheCycles.com

    Oh my gosh – these look and sound fantastic! You do such a great job of sparking the senses.

  17. These doughnuts sound delightful. Will be trying the coconut cream one soon. Splendid write-up!

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