Last week I scrolling through Instagram and I kept seeing Sidecar Doughnuts pop up on my feed and one of my best friends kept mentioning this fancy cold brew coffee craze. Like any normal person I bugged my husband and friends to go experience these wonderful doughnuts and coffee. So last Sunday my husband and I trekked down to Costa Mesa and got in the line (only 10-15 minutes) to see if everything was as hyped up as it was made to be.
I’ll take them all,please and thank you!
Well it was. I poke fun and call this a ~hipster~ place but you can call me a hipster all you want because they are AWESOME. They serve freshly made doughnuts with au natural ingredients, use what is fresh and in season, and they also feature Stumptown Coffee. I have never tried true cold brewed coffee (I’ve had iced coffee) but this is different. Different in a wonderful way. It was too strong for me but I tried it how it was served so I could full appreciate the cold brew-ness (which was served the ‘nitro’ way, other options are bottled or on tap). Next time I would add some almond milk and a bit of sugar but it was so smooth and not bitter which I find in most iced coffee. My dad, who joined us later, quite enjoyed the cold brew and was probably happy that I couldn’t deal with all of the coffee-ness. There was also some hints of chocolate in the cold brew as well which is always welcoming.
But enough about the coffee, we are here for the doughnuts too! And boy, are they worth it. I wanted to try a variety and there was three different tastes in our party so we ended up trying five doughnuts: Blackberry & Rose Geranium, Amaretti & Peach, Coconut, Maple Bacon, and the Rocky Road. All the flavors (besides the Maple Bacon) are only offered turning the month of July. I figure I can come back and sample (all) of the regular offerings anytime.
*wipes away a tear* They’re so beautiful!
First up on the list is Blackberry & Rose Geranium ($3.75) which my dad tried. It is a messy doughnut and it looked like he got into a fight with a blackberry and it lost but overall he said the whipped cream topping and blackberry glaze were a winner and he would get it again.
Blackberry & Rose Geranium
Next we have Amaretti & Peach ($3.25) which tasted most like a ‘traditional’ doughnut except 10x better because it has a peach and amaretto glaze. Plus the cake has peaches in it and almond extract. AND…it’s sprinkled with an amaretti cookie streusel. I mean…c’mon.
Amaretti & Peach
The next flavor is Coconut* ($2.75). This was my dad’s choice as I won’t eat shredded coconut unless it’s on a certain Girl Scout cookie. However he loved this as it’s a coconut cake, with a coconut glaze, and topped with shredded toasted coconut. So if you love coconut then this is for you!
*Every month Sidecar teams up with a charity/non-profit and 10% of sales of the featured doughnut gets donated, pretty neat! This month is Coconut and changes every month*
Alright next is a staple doughnut that is offered all of the time and for good reason because it is covered in BACON. My husband knew he was getting this one before he even saw other choices. The Maple Bacon ($3.50) was delicious (I was able to take a bite before my husband basically inhaled it). The bacon was perfect and slightly crispy on top and not greasy at all. The maple glaze wasn’t so sweet that it was overpowering. Like all of their doughnuts every flavor compliments the other. This will definitely be one we get all of the time.
And all of these beautiful doughnuts bring us to the Rocky Road ($3.50). Words cannot really describe the loveliness of this doughnut. Sidecar got their inspiration from the ice cream flavor and came up with a chocolate doughnut that tasted like something between a brownie and a doughnut. It’s also dipped in chocolate ganache and then sprinkled with chopped toasted almonds and homemade marshmallows. Oh, it also has chocolate chips in it so it’s sort of like a lava cake in the middle except less messy. I’m sad this is only available in July because I would get it every time.
The prices aren’t like you can buy a dozen of these and pay $5 for it like your normal store. However, they are certainly worth it. I would rather take the time and enjoy a fresh product made with quality ingredients made by people who genuinely care about their customers and community. I will absolutely be returning to Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee and will make (terrible) excuses just to make my way down to Costa Mesa weekly.