Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee is opening its eagerly anticipated 17th Street brick and mortar location this Friday. At a media event I attended, the industrial but cozy space was abuzz with enthusiasm and filled with a sweet, rich smell, which varied depending on which doughnut variety I was standing near.

While I didn’t change my original favorite, huckleberry, after trying each variety, every doughnut was delicious. Sidecar’s doughnuts have a great balance between the flavor of the doughnut itself and the topping, a particularly remarkable feat in the case of the robust maple bacon doughnut. The full doughnut menu is below:

maple bacon, Callebaut chocolate, toasted coconut, malasadas, malasadas with haupia filling, strawberries and cream, huckleberry, birthday cake, meyer lemon, cinnamon crumb

Filling out the other half of the coffee and a doughnut equation is Portland’s Stumptown Coffee. Sidecar selects specific roasts to pair with their doughnuts each month. This was the first coffee I’ve had that compares to San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee.

Sidecar is open nice and early, 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 on weekends, as is appropriate for a doughnut shop, and goes to the last doughnut.

top: cool lighting; bottom right: spinning Bob Dylan on a vintage stereo setup was a nice touch; bottom left: the sampler plate

Originally posted on OC Food Nation.

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