Eater LA recently broke the exciting news that Sidecar Doughnuts is coming to Santa Monica. With this in mind, I reached out to the little Orange County doughnut shop phenom to pilfer more intel for those who may be unacquainted. First off, know this: these doughnuts are good. Very good. Not just their adventurous varietals like Cara Cara Orange and Membrillo & Manchego, but their classics, like Butter & Salt and Apple Fritter. Sorry DK and Primo's, but they will immediately become the best doughnuts this side of the 405. In fact, ever since they opened their Costa Mesa shop in late Spring last year, Sidecar has widely been praised as the best 'nut purveyor in all of SoCal.
It seemed like only a matter of time before they expanded - and luckily for westsiders, they chose Santa Monica as their first LA location. Although SC was scant on exact details, they plan to open somewhere in Santa Monica in "the fall." Like the Costa Mesa shop, the menu will rotate monthly based on ingredient seasonality, holidays and the such. Here's the March menu, for example. All of which sound pretty friggin' delicious. Their stalwarts, including Maple Bacon and Huckleberry will remain available throughout the year. They also serve (superb) Stumptown Coffee, making Sidecar an ideal morning stop on your way into the office. Or, say, on your way to returning to your couch.
Honestly it's about time the westside joins the fancy doughnut parade. Seemed odd a Donut Friend or Donut Snob competitor hadn't popped up oceanside. More so, to think in the very near future Santa Monicans can enjoy a top notch doughnut for breakfast AND a quality cookie for lunch/snack. Obviously, this will be both a blessing and a curse. I look forward to it greatly.
Opening in Santa Monica, Fall '14