What dough you mean the perfect doughnut?!

In 2012, three extraordinary individuals had a vision about the perfect mixture of “Doughnuts, Coffee and Community.” With Executive Chef Brooke Desprez’s unique culinary capabilities and artistic visionaries Sumter & Chi-Lin Pendergrast, their dream became a reality.

This week’s Secret of SoCal is Sidecar Doughnuts.

The co-owners of Sidecar Doughnuts pour their heart into every batch of mouth watering doughnuts that are crafted in their Costa Mesa and Santa Monica locations. The brick and mortar shops embrace a unique aesthetic that your average donut shop does not. Last Thursday morning I ventured to the Costa Mesa location in anticipation of the highly talked about Sidecar Doughnuts.


Sidecar Doughnuts embraces their authentic brand. None of their creations use preservatives and fresh batches are a must every hour. Not to mention, Sidecar has seasonal flavors featured monthly, a weekly gluten free flavor, and classic flavors offered daily.


For the month of December, the featured flavors are Eggnog, Gingerbread, Pear Charlotte, Buche de Noel, Apple Fritter, and Malasada with Haupia. My mouth watered beyond belief as I approached the counter and observed the selections of doughnuts on the granite countertop.


Although I sampled numerous flavors, I found Egg Nog the most delicious. This flavor had the perfect balance of crunch at first bite, and the right amount of moisture as I chewed. This doughnut is, “made with premium egg nog, rum extract, and freshly grated nutmeg…” (Sidecar Doughnuts 2015.) The Egg Nog flavor is exclusively offered at the Costa Mesa Sidecar Doughnut.

Not only does Sidecar Doughnuts make the world a more delicious place with coffee and cake batter, but they also founded a program, Side Cares, that highlights their brand pillar of community. Every month, Sidecar Doughnuts selects a different philanthropy to sponsor. Sidecar designates a flavor a month to the Side Care program. For every doughnut of that flavor purchased, 10% of the proceeds go to that philanthropy. The Side Care philanthropy for this month is Miracles for Kids. Learn more about this philanthropy under the Side Care tab on their website.


Sidecar Doughnuts is most definitely a permanent fixture in the communities of Costa Mesa and Los Angeles. With their delicious doughnuts, coffee, and emphasis of community, I can’t wait to see where Sidecar Doughnuts goes next.

Check back later this week to read about another Secret of SoCal!

And remember- Take Care of This Moment.

Happy Holidays!

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