Sometimes, a donut is an answer to all of your problems.
For those few seconds or few minutes of eating one (depending on how quickly you scarf it down), you are transformed into circular pastry heaven and can’t help but enjoy yourself.
You are left with sticky fingers and crumbs on the floor, but a happy demeanor and a sense of satisfaction that doesn’t come too often from many edible treats.
The best thing about donuts is that they’re available pretty much anywhere and everywhere, being made with amazing various flavors, fillings, and toppings. There’s a donut for everyone, you just need to find the best place for your needs.
We’re here to present you with some of the best donuts in Orange County. Gourmet donuts, vegan donuts, mini donuts, specialty donuts, and gluten-free donuts.
We know you’re hungry, so let’s not waste any more time!
The Best Donuts in Orange County
1. Sidecar Donuts – Costa Mesa
If you’re a local of Orange County or just a lover of donuts in general, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve heard of Sidecar.
With the headline of ‘World’s Freshest Donuts’, you better believe it’s true. This gourmet donut shop churns out scratch-made, small-batch donuts that are the freshest, and some of the most flavorful donuts in Southern California and beyond.
With usual lines out of the door and wrapping around the building, waiting for a donut of this magnitude is definitely worth it.
Some of their signature flavors include:
- Butter & Salt
- Susie’s Blueberry Pancake
- Saigon Cinnamon Crumb
- Maple Bacon
- Seasonal Flavors too!
2. The Donuttery – Huntington Beach
The Donuttery is an amazing donut shop in HB that’s open 24/7, known for its traditional donuts, vegan donuts, gourmet donuts, and gluten-free donuts. This place covers all of the bases for what a donut shop should have.
This small and unassuming establishment has been a local favorite for years, and for good reason.
As soon as you walk in you can see several large rolling trays filled top to bottom with donuts. They have a huge variety of these treats made from the hands of experienced bakers and pastry chefs with decades of experience in the industry.
Just a few of their flavors include:
- Carrot Cake Cream Cheese
- Tiger Tail (a regular yeast donut mixed with a chocolate donut)
- Churro Donut
- Maple Bacon
They also serve breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and tasty drinks too
3. Miss Mini Donuts – Newport Beach
Miss Mini Donuts, located at Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, is known for some of the best mini donuts in Orange County.
Their gourmet mini donuts are made fresh daily and have flavors including:
- Cookie Dough
- Fruity Pebbles
- Signature Pink
- Cotton Candy
- Saigon Cinnamon
- Much more!
Cool thing is, they also offer donut kits where you can take home and make your own!
They provide services for catering, custom donut setups at events, and other options that most donut establishments just don’t do.
Their unique style on mini donuts has changed the game. Grab one, or four, or a dozen, or however many your heart desires, and you won’t regret it.
4. Oliboli Donuts – Tustin
Oliboli Donuts is a home-grown, family-operated donut and coffee shop serving cake donuts, specialty donuts, gourmet donuts, vegan donuts, and more.
They pride themselves on making some of the best old-world donuts, meaning that they:
‘Utilize biologically active, complex whole grains and stone-milled flour, our dough making process is akin to the history of bread making.’
Ever heard of 40-hour yeast donuts? Well, now you have. According to their menu:
‘Our 40-hour yeast dough with 30% Hard Winter Wheat stone-milled flour makes for a classic melt in your mouth fried dough that serves as a perfectly pillowy foundation for glazes, jams, puddings and just about everything and anything chef Brooke can dream up!’
There aren’t many places around that still use this method and this kind of dough, so having a donut made with this essence of history is certainly a treat.
Their donuts are hand shaped, use the tastiest jams to top them (alongside many other options), and use fresh herbs for their select donuts. Oliboli sets the standard for what freshly made donuts with amazing ingredients looks like.
They have flavors including:
- Plain Glaze
- Lavender Sugar
- Burnt Butter Burbon Bacon
- Bavarian Cream
- And more!
5. Zombee Donuts – Fullerton
Zombee Donuts serves up some of the coolest, and most unique specialty & gourmet donuts in town, including vegan donuts!
Yes, they certainly do sell donuts that look like zombies. But rest assured, they won’t give you a scare.
Zombee Donuts, reminiscent of Voodoo Donuts in Portland, OR, is famous for “putting a spooky twist on these delicious treats. Known for our tasty flavors, fillings, and themed donuts, our zombie-themed bakery is bringing treats to life.”
They also carry a wide variety of other donuts in case you’re more in the mood for something less zombie-like, including:
- Circus Animal
- Carmel Apple
- Torched Smores
- Vegan Options
- And much more!
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