I have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee since I first tried their doughnuts back in January. After weeks and months of following their delivery truck updates on Facebook and Twitter, Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee is finally open for business in Costa Mesa!
I had an opportunity to attend a special preview event at Sidecar which just further emphasized my love for their doughnuts. Upon arriving, I was presented with a plate with a wide variety of different cake and yeast doughnuts.
Sidecar bakes their doughnuts in-house every morning (in fact, they fry a new batch every hour) and all the doughnuts are made with natural ingredients and free of additives and preservatives. You can tell just by looking at them how fresh they are.
On this visit, I got to sample the following flavors:
Birthday Cake– covered in rainbow sprinkles and pink icing and reminded me of the sprinkle doughnuts I would get as a kid
Coconut – this was glazed with coconut milk icing. I love all things coconut and loved this.
Huckleberry – I first tried this doughnut back in January, and still love it.
Maple Bacon – If you are a bacon lover or a maple lover or love sweet and salty you’ll love this.
Raspberry – Nice raspberry glaze on this one. It’s the perfect spring doughnut.
Cinnamon Crumb – I loved the crunchy crumb topping on this one – very unique and tasty.
Malsada with Haupia – This doughnut had a nice cream filling. I don’t always like cream filling in doughnuts but this was top-notch.
Callebaut Chocolate – Pretty much perfection. Can’t go wrong with chocolate.
If you have a gluten allergy, fear not! I had the opportunity to speak with Chef Brooke Des Prez as well, and she shared that Sidecar would also be offering a gluten-free doughnut every Friday starting April 19th. The plan is to have one gluten-free flavor in the shop every week (the flavor may change) and if the gluten-free doughnut is popular they will continue to add more flavors as well. The gluten-free flour blend contains brown rice, garbanzo and potato flour. There’s also talk of a vegan doughnut in the works as well.
Chef Des Prez also shared that Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee would also have seasonal flavors, with the Guava doughnut being the first one for spring. And if you like savory doughnuts, Sidecar has a Rosemary doughnut that is sure to be up your alley.
In addition to the amazing doughnuts, Sidecar also offers coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a Portland-based company that prides itself on sourcing the best coffee in the world and maintaining strong relationships with their farmers.
Now I am by no means a coffee connoisseur, but this coffee was some of the best I’ve had in a long time. My latte was rich, creamy, and didn’t have the bitter aftertaste that some coffee can have. I can see why this coffee and doughnut pairing is a match made in heaven. Thanks Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee for bringing your delicious goods to 17th Street.
Now who’s ready for a doughnut?