Donut, Doughnut, Do-licious

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee - Costa Mesa

Featured on Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets and compared to famous doughnut shops like Voodoo Donuts in Portland, Oregon, Sidecar has been taking doughnuts to the next level since 2013.”

Sidecar offers a staple menu, including their famous Huckleberry doughnut, as well as a menu that changes every month. Some of their flavors for the month of February include: Lavender and Viola — a lavender vanilla cake doughnut with house-made lavender glaze and topped with fresh edible viola flowers; and Choc-A-Lot with Bourbon Sugar — a chocolate-raised doughnut topped with Callebaut chocolate glaze and bourbon sugar. They also offer a weekly gluten-free doughnut and feature a vegan donut every Thursday.

Huckleberry Doughnut, Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee, Facebook

DK’s Donuts of Orange - Orange

Donuts, Cresnuts and so many fun flavors will keep you busy for days at DK’€™s Donuts. They’ve got your traditional, classic favorites like the classic chocolate bar, to more experimental flavors such as their Oreo eclair or Machta Green Tea Donut. For those that like a little heat, DK’s has you covered with its Sriracha glazed donut topped with bacon. Not to be over shadowed by the fun twists on the classic donut, DK has just as diverse of choices for its Cresnuts — including the Peanut Butter Oreo Creme Cresnut and a Nutella Cresnut.

Worried about long lines? DK’s offers online ordering.

Nutella Strawberry Cresnut Doughnut, Kimberly R. on Yelp

Donut Bar - Fountain Valley

Milk on tap, Brad Pitt and donuts, what else do you need? The Donut Bar, which started in San Diego, has been satisfying Orange County with their fancy treats since 2014. They offer a different menu daily, posted online between 4–6 p.m. the day before. Eager foodies are encouraged to pre-order online to avoid lines and sell-outs of their favorites. Maple Bourbon, Chocolate Twix, Root Beer Float, and the Brad Fritter (Brad Pitt’€™s special order) are just a sample of their unique flavors. To go along with these sweet treats, the Donut Bar serves plain, chocolate and strawberry milk on tap.

Mud Pie Doughnut, OC Donut Bar, Facebook

Friendly Donuts - Orange

Friendly Donuts is the only place you can find the bright purple velvet ube donut in Orange County. Ube (a common Phillippine flavor) is a deep purple yam widely used for desserts and pastries. Friendly Donuts also offers a variety of donut and ‘dossant’ (their cronut) flavors.” Some of their more unique flavors include: Carmel Delites, a Girl Scout Samoas cookie-inspired donut and a S’mores dossant.

Ube Doughnut, Friendly Donuts, Facebook

Royal Donuts & Burgers - Mission Viejo

A donut shop-meets-greasy spoon-burger joint and pretty much carb heaven in OC. Royals Donuts & Burgers offers guests everything you’d expect from both worlds - a full assortment of donuts AND a full burger joint menu.

These two foods don’t just harmoniously live side-by-side; Royal Donuts has merged the two. Why not try a burger combo complete with burger, drink, fries and a donut? If that’s not enough of a merger for you, they offer a donut burger (a burger with a glazed donut for the bun).

Donut Burger, Julianna C., Yelp

Afters Ice Cream - Fountain Valley & Santa Ana

Afters Ice Cream brings Orange County a donut version of the ice cream sandwich called the Milky Bun. They take a glazed or unglazed donut and then fill it with your choice of gourmet ice cream and toppings. Some of their ice cream flavors include: Acai Blueberry Sorbet, Jasmine Milk Tea and Vietnamese Coffee.

After their location in Fountain Valley closes at 9 p.m., they transfer business over to their food truck version just a few blocks away and serve up their Milky Buns until midnight.

Milky Buns with ice cream, Afters Ice Cream, Facebook

M & M Donuts - Anaheim

Want piping hot, fresh-out-the-fryer blueberry donuts? That’s what M&M’s is known for and all it requires is waiting in a line ‘€“ the line might take two hours but who wouldn’t wait to hours for a donut? The line starts in their parking lot between the hours of 9 p.m. ‘€“ 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. — noon for your fresh donuts to be served up nicely in a pizza box (yes, I said pizza). Blueberry isn’t the only flavor they serve up. They offer the traditional treats such as the old fashions, crumb and chocolate cake.

Blueberry Donuts, Alice W., Yelp

Adams Avenue Donuts -Huntington Beach

Besides serving up a maple bar with a full strip of bacon, Adams Avenue Donuts stays rooted in a more traditional donut approach, but is also home to the Donut Derelicts - the oldest free classic car show.

The Donut Derelicts began back in 1986 with a group of about five car enthusiasts. Now up to 300 car enthusiasts can be found on any given Saturday morning outside of Adams Avenue Donuts showing off their latest work or simply admiring someone else’s. The event is free to the public.

Apple Fritter and a Donut Derelicts Car Show, Calvin U., Yelp

Originally published at on October 17, 2015.