Some of the Best Orange County Donuts We Could Find
Written By: Jessica Gomes
Glazed, Old Fashioned, Crullers, Twists, Jelly, cream-filled, Long Johns, Dutchies, Malasadas, Bomboloni …
A variety of donuts at this very moment lie behind the glass counter begging to be eaten. There are sweet ones, savory, salted, frosted, fried and baked. Here at LOCALE we have a special bond with donuts. We put together a list of locations where we like to get our fingers sticky. You can eat them for breakfast, dessert, midnight snack or any time the mood strikes (which is basically weekly). Lucky for us, donut stores across the county are open for business at various hours-day and night. We know you can relate to the happiness that donuts bring. Remember back in the day when hanging out at the donut shop became a lifestyle? Things have changed, we’ve since then grown up, but so has the donut! There are so many different types of donuts. Just to offer a few examples from opposite sides of the spectrum, think about the bacon donut and the fōnut (the say don’t call it a donut, but it’s pretty close).
Whatever your preference is, donuts continue to be the All-American favorite when it comes to the sweet breakfast (or dessert or lunch or midnight snack) treats. This confection may or may not have been started by the Dutch, with their Olykoeks, or “oil cakes” dating back to the mid 19th century. Back then, they took a cake, formed it into balls and fried it in pork fat until they turned golden brown, only then were they ready for consumption. Whether it was the Dutch, French, Russians, Native Americans or whoever wants to take credit for this beloved office, birthday or Saturday morning snack, we are thankful they are around today. Now these breakfast rings are available with a wide range of options from the creative chefs across the U.S.A.
There are plenty of donut shops to choose from in OC to get your preferred fried pastry. Here we list the best spots in town to get your donut fix.
Donut Fact: Doughnut was shortened to Donut in the 1920s when a New York based doughnut machine corporation began looking at international markets. They wanted to create a shorter, phonetic sounding name, in hopes for a higher appeal abroad.
This family owned donut shop has been around for 32 years, providing some of the best donuts to Southern Californians. Their donut flavors range from their Famous Glazed to Blueberry Cake and Honey Glazed Toasted Coconut. With it being open 24 hours a day, you can stop in to get your donut fix whenever the craving comes up! If you haven’t tried them yet, order the waffle donut hybrid, the first in Southern California, brought to you by DK!
Native Knowledge: They are famous for their unique concoctions such as their:
- Bacon Elvis: Banana creme filled donut with peanut butter frosting and crispy bacon bits.
- Samoa Donut: Chocolate dipped bottom with caramel and toasted coconut on top. Everybody’s favorite Girl Scout cookie formed into a donut.
- Nutella Wild Strawberry: Soft yeast donut filled with strawberry jelly and topped with Nutella chocolate hazelnut.
- Chocolate Delight: Chocolate raised donut with housemate custard and slices of fresh strawberries.
- Creme Brûlée Cresnut aka Cronut: Croissant donut hybrid with burnt sugar and creme brûlée custard.
- Original Cresnut aka Cronut: Coated with light cinnamon sugar and filled with homemade custard and filled with slices of fresh strawberries.
3744 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869
There’s a long wait for a reason when getting to M&M Donuts. They make their batches of breakfast rings each day starting at 9 p.m. and going until six in the morning. They craft delicious flavors like their famous blueberry donut, which is so soft and gooey, it will have your taste buds jumping for joy! Best advice, turn off your car and sit in line, order more than one and eat immediately!
Native Knowledge: Their chocolate cake donut, with chocolate icing and colorful M&M candies is one of their most popular items.
1614 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
Live. Love. Donuts.
Popular and local is what best describes this donut shop. They offer a wide variety of classic and signature donuts baked fresh daily. Words they live by, “We are united with the simple purpose that a century-old tradition of donuts and coffee should be preserved and celebrated every day.” Enough said. You must try their Maple Bacon Bar and Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting!
Native Knowledge: They are open 24 hours!
17420 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
A classic Orange County favorite, Sidecar Doughnuts is not only known for their delicious fresh baked donuts, but also their mascot on wheels… pretty awesome wheels matter of fact. You can spot their bright red, renovated 1959 International Harvester Metro Van parked in front of the donut shop, retired from its cruising through neighborhoods in Southern California. Past The Truck, you will experience freshly made donuts, made daily from scratch using simple ingredients boasting big flavor. They use seasonal and the finest ingredients to create their delicious donuts, everything made in house, of course. Try one of their seasonal flavors paired with delicious Stumptown Coffee and consider your morning made.
Native Knowledge: Flavor selection changes monthly with a weekly gluten-free option that changes every Monday.
270 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
AFTERS is producing a new kind of “donut”, letting you build and enjoy your own, “milky bun” (with their assistance) in four easy steps. First, choose your favorite flavor of ice cream. Second, choose your fillings from their assortment. Third, they will stuff and seal your bun. Fourth, EAT. “Heaven in your mouth.”
Native Knowledge: They have sold over 300, 000 milky buns and are rated as one of yelp’s Top 10 places to eat! They were also the highest reviewed dessert store in Orange County.
18030 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
For spook-tacular treats all year long, Zombee Donuts & Bake Shop is at your service. The mother-daughter owned treat shop is known for its vegan and zombie themed speciality donuts. Their Zombee Mascot donut is a “zombee” shaped dough-licious figure with a jelly-filled head and sinfully delicious face of chocolate. The ladies at Zombee recommend you “bite his head off!” on the days that have you feeling down. Other donut dreams are the Maple Bacon Bar, PB&J donut and Cereal Killers—cake donuts topped with your favorite sugary cereals! For those that are vegan or have restrictive diets, Zombee offers a “vegan donut of the week, ” quickly debunking the myth that vegan treats aren’t as sensational as their counterparts.
Native Knowledge: You will find spooky, zombie themed décor all around the shop—even coffin flower planters out front!
802 E Chapman
Fullerton, CA 92831
With the motto of “community, family, and faith, ” Downton Donuts embarked on a culinary adventure in 2015 and has been going strong ever since. Serving up hot mini donuts from their bright pink storefront, customers can enjoy dipping sauces like raspberry and nutella and pair their warm treats with a cup of coffee right on the spot! Mini maple donuts, powdered sugar delights and chocolate dipped dough covered with rainbow sprinkles are some of the major players at Downtown Donuts. These mini donuts are half the size of your standard, but pack just as much flavor. Since they’re so small, that means we can have a dozen…right?
Native Knowledge: Downtown Donuts made an appearance on KTLA 5!
307 W 3rd St
Santa Ana, CA 92701