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by glutenberg  

Donuts from Sidecar

Gluttons, gluttons, gluttons. Eating a pie wasn't enough so Jean and I went next door to Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee to get some donuts. Yea, so much for the diet. Sidecar is quite possibly the only "artisan" donut shop that I'm willing to pay a hefty premium for the donuts. We ended up getting a Banana Walnut and Salt & Butter donuts. We also got 3 Buttermilk Drops.

We hadn't tried the Banana Walnut in the past, but it was quite tasty. The donut had a strong banana flavor, so if you don't like bananas, don't get it. The Salt & Butter donut is one of our favorites and one that we pretty much get every time we go to Sidecar. It's uniquely simple yet superbly delicious. All it is is a cake donut with chunks of salt crystals on the outer glaze but for some reason, it makes all the difference. Lastly, we got 3 Buttermilk Drops for $3. When just considering the price, this would be an asinine amount to pay for what amounts to cake donut holes, however, these were fresh out of the fryer and honestly, after the first bite, you forget about the price. I think we downed all three within a minute.

Sidecar. Huge two thumbs up for never letting our sweet tooth down.

Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee in Costa Mesa
Left to right: Banana Walnut (banana and walnut cake, banana glaze, walnut streusel), Butter & Salt, Buttermilk Drops. Respectively $3.25, $2.25, and 3/$3. Sidecar's donuts are always spectacular and one of the few "artisan" donuts that I'm willing to pay for. The buttermilk drops were fresh out of the fryer when we got there so we ate them immediately and they were mind blowing. I don't think I've scarfed down donuts as quickly as these. The salt & butter donut is always good whether hot or col, but if you can get it hot, definitely eat it then. The banana walnut was one that Jean and I had not tried and we were not disappointed. Never had a banana donut but it was good (if you like bananas).