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Try these amazing doughnuts in Orange County, CA (with GF options, too!)

Ok. I’ve been meaning to write a post about this place for a while. You see, when I found out I have celiac and can’t eat gluten, this food lover went into a deep state of depression as I lamented all of the wonderful things I would never be able to eat again. There’s something about being told you have a medical reason not to eat certain foods that just makes you want them so badly.

I could talk all day about the dreams I have about baguettes, croissants, sourdough bread, flour tortillas, cakes, cookies, etc. But…I’ll spare you.

I often hear people complain about all the people “jumping on the GF bandwagon” who don’t actually need to eat GF. Personally, I love those people. You see, I live in a capitalistic society where everything is driven by market forces. So, if a lot of people want to make eating sans gluten trendy, I really have nothing but to benefit from it. More GF people means more businesses catering to GF people. Win-win, I think.

One such result of this spike in trendiness is my first experience eating a doughnut in years. And oh, it was delightful. I think a tear came to my eye and I requested a moment of silence so that just the doughnut and I could share this special moment together.

That place, my friends, is Sidecar Doughnuts in Costa Mesa, California.

The one, the only Sidecar Doughnuts. #gfdonuts #omnomnom

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For those of you who, like me, need to eat GF, you are probably gasping in delight and looking for a way to get yourself to Costa Mesa as soon as possible. GF doughnuts are still somewhat of a rarity, I’ve found, especially ones as delicious as these that just came freshly baked out of the oven.

You should know that I live about an hour’s drive from Costa Mesa, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting in the car and driving all the way up to central Orange County to get one of these babies. When the call for doughnuts comes, I answer it.

Sidecar always features a GF doughnut of the month, so depending on when you’re visiting, there will be a different flavor available.

For those of you who don’t have any dietary restrictions, this place has plenty of delights for you as well. The menu rotates based on seasonal ingredients, but you can expect interesting, innovative flavors such as lemon meringue, fig and goat cheese, guava, huckleberry, butter and salt, maple bacon, and even country ham and eggs. This place really should be tasted to be believed.

So, next time you’re in Southern California, get yourself over to Costa Mesa and try out some of these incredible doughnuts.

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