Last year, on designated Saturday mornings, some of us congregated at the test kitchen of SideCar Doughnuts, standing in line to taste something those of us who have been to Portland, OR, or New York City have already had a taste of (Voodoo and Doughnut Plant). Sure, there are the M&M Donuts, and the Donut Man in southern California, but still, they were nothing compared to the gourmet doughnuts I ate in NY.
I don’t really eat doughnuts — well, I’ve never until Doughnut Plant — and when I first took a bite of SideCar Doughnuts, I thought “hmmm these are pretty good”. They weren’t sickly sweet and they were light and not dense like commercial doughnuts were. Then came the anticipation of the opening….. waiting, waiting….. waiting……..
The wait is no longer. Last Friday, SideCar finally opened and since then I’ve been back three times. I wanted to make sure that my previous experiences with them were not flukes, that they are indeed as good as the last visit no matter what time of day I’m there. I’m glad to report — they are!
Each week, the shop features a different array of flavors which are available until sold out, but favorites such as Maple Bacon and Huckleberry will undoubtedly always remain. I guess the “you snooze you lose” phrase is really put to the test here. Check their Facebook page to find out each week’s flavors.
Maple Bacon ($3.50), a salty sweet combo perfect for breakfast. They also make a Monte Cristo which I heard is still being perfected, but that was one of my favorites during their test kitchen days.
Malasadas were treats while living in Hawaii and while these malasadas aren’t quite Leonard’s, I can honestly say, the one stuffed with haupia ($2), a coconut cream filling is deliciously soft, gooey and the perfect balance of sweetness. There are also plain malasadas for $1.50. I highly suggest eating these right away as they lose a bit of the softness as time passes.
Another awesome offering is the Lemon Meyer Pound Cake ($2.50) essentially a lemon meyer flavored cake doughnut. The scent of citrus bursts into your olfactory senses as soon as you take a bite — aromatic and not too dense.
Raspberry is fragrant with a slight tartness — gorgeous fresh fruit explodes in your mouth when you bite into this.
The signature doughnut here is the Huckleberry ($3.50), a cake doughnut with a purple-hued huckleberry glaze topped with crushed huckleberries. The mix of tart and sweet with the fragrance of the berries will make you fall in love with it at first bite.
Kids will delight in Birthday Cake ($2.50) complete with sprinkles inside and out.
My new found flavors are Guava and Bavarian Cream (sorry, I was in a rush to get them I didn’t see how much they were) and although I could detect the aroma of guava, I would’ve liked a stronger flavor profile inside my mouth.
The Bavarian Cream was so delicious I actually ate the entire thing minus a bite for The Hungry Dogg to try. It wasn’t very sweet even though it looked so rich and decadent!
They have a ton of flavors which rotate including: Cinnamon Crumb, Toasted Coconut, Vanilla Twist, Cornbread with Sorghum Brown Butter Glaze, Banana Nutella and much more.
No matter what flavor is your favorite, I honestly believe you should treat yourself to one of these once a week! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but as much as I’m not a sweets fan, I’m loving these doughnuts! If you’re a coffee fan, then you’ll love the Stumptown Coffee from Oregon. They open Mon-Fri at 7am and on the weekends, at 8am and closing is determined when everything is sold out!
This week I have half a dozen doughnuts to give away to one lucky winner. Tell me if you love or do not love doughnuts and why you’re excited to try SideCar out. Leave me a comment with your FULL name for a chance to win. Entries close on Sunday April 21. Winner announced Monday, 22nd. Good Luck!
SideCar Doughnuts & Coffee
270 E 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627