Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
Blueberries & Champagne Doughnut – Raised Bullseye Doughnut, Blueberry Glaze, Blueberry & Champagne Compote, Cheesecake Mousse, Sugar Cookie Crumble
Old Fashion – Buttermilk-Nutmeg-Cinnamon Cake, Vanilla Bean Glaze
Peach Crisp Doughnut – Brown Butter-Brown Sugar Cake, Peaches, Peach Glaze, Sage-Brown Butter-Oatmeal Crisp
Birthday Cake Doughnut – Vanilla Bean Cake, Pink Vanilla Bean Glaze, Rainbow Sprinkles
Apple Fritter – Granny Smith Apples, Apple Cider Glaze
Smoked Chocolate & Pretzel Doughnut – Dark Chocolate Cake, Smoked Dark Chocolate & Pretzel Glaze, Maldon Sea Salt
Self-described as “The World’s Freshest Doughnuts,” and personally felt to be the Nation’s premier purveyor of fried Dough ever since stumbling across the Costa Mesa flagship in 2013, it was via special delivery that Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee once again impressed on Friday, a little in-transit damage doing nothing to compromise the taste of unparalleled Ingredients and smartly developed recipes.
Currently location two of three, 631 Wilshire Boulevard not only near Santa Monica’s Farmers Market but also a clientele capable of paying upwards of $5 for something many associate with an on-the-go bite sold for less than a buck by Dunkin, it was mostly from monthly specials that a half-dozen were selected, the Blueberries & Champagne becoming quite messy by the time it was consumed though the combination of fresh Fruit and Cheesecake inside Brioche still retained excellent texture with no two bites the same.
Moving next to a classic, Sidecar’s Old Fashion a good rendition that falls just short of Blue Star in terms of suppleness while winning by way of aromatics, it is atop moist Cake that August visitors will find the flavor of fresh Peaches bolstered by Sage, a roll in housemade toasted Oats adding complexity much like melted hand-made Sprinkles do to recurring favorite Birthday Cake.
Finally in-town for “Fritter Friday,” the fact that Sidecar’s $4 iteration lacks characteristic lumps in favor of folded Pastry amplifying the flavor of tart Fruit and thick Glaze atop a Grease-free base, it was saving Chocolate for last that the “Smoked Chocolate & Pretzel Doughnut” tasted predictably decadent, though a touch of Salt both in Glaze and Cake helped keep things from becoming too rich.