Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

7 recent ratings
$ • Donut Shop
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options are available
Reported GF menu options: Donuts
25% of 4 votes say it's celiac friendly
270 E 17th St #18
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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Overall Rating

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I am only gluten intolerant to eating a gf donut in contaminated environment doesn’t bother me. And these donuts are incredible. I love the huckleberry and I love the double chocolate. But all are good. $5.5 each is a lot but a real treat.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

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I worked here and they do not have any deducted equipment for Gluten free, the frosting, oil, and equipment is all shared, and the gluten free donuts are also dusted in regular flour. Almost None of the other employees tell the customers or they lie and say it’s safe. Honestly for $4-$7 donuts the donuts aren’t even good, meh at best. The drinks are p bomb tho.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 5 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Absolutely not Celiac friendly. Cross-contamination GUARANTEED. I thought I’d risk it and got so sick… I wish I could trust it but this does NOT have gluten free options, just a “gluten conscious” option or whatever BS term they’re using to lure gluten free bandwagoners…

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

Updated 10 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Donuts

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takeout

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GF options
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Celiac

Fonuts in LA has amazing Donuts, pricey but well worth it and has take home kits as well

5 months ago

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Celiac

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Only had 2 gf flavors, but they were delicious! One of the gf is vegan. There is always a line. They are very fresh!! Worth the wait.

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Sidecar has delicious donuts, but they don’t have any process to avoid cross contamination and there donuts are DEFINITELY contaminated. I’ve been sick from the GF ones. They are also very unsupportive of celiac sensitives and basically respond “who cares” when the issue was brought up to them. Their GF donuts are not safe for celiacs- at all.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Side car has the best GF/vegan doughnuts I’ve ever had.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Love love love!!! Everytime i go is a new different freshly made flavor. Can’t tell its GF and vegan friendly soo moist ❤👍🏼

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Sidecar’s donuts are simply amazing but even their gluten-friendly donuts are not safe for Celiacs. Nima sensor found gluten in them.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Same rack; same fryer. Donut looked delicious but not safe. If only they took some precautions, it would be amazing.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Their most popular donut is"gluten free" but is so contaminated by the not so dedicated kitchen. My husband tried it and said it was the best donut he ever had. I just watched him eat it. If they only took the correct precautions everyone could enjoy.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Horrible, not knowledgeable. Would avoid if celiac.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Donuts are fried in same frier as the regular donuts, utensils are used universally and items all placed in same box.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Not certified GF- shared kitchen space. Ingredients not yet posted. Every single flavor I’ve eaten has been wonderful! Huckleberry, Samoa, Butter & Salt, Love, Birthday Cake, Double Chocolate, and most recently Pina Colada 🤤

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Warning: This place is NOT Celiac Safe!!! At least not as of a few months ago. This may be fine for those with an intolerance, but they fry the "gluten-free" donuts in a shared fryer with the rest of the regular donuts. That's a big danger for those of us with Celiac. I am glad that the employees were upfront and honest about that, though.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My sister who is gluten intolerant tried the gluten free donut and loved it! They fry their GF donuts in the same oil as the regular donuts, so I couldn’t have it. Not celiac friendly

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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So glad we tried this place out! Such great donuts! They have a new GF donut flavor every week. I had a birthday cake donut which was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back and try the other flavors. Staff is very helpful and cautious with the GF. Definitely worth the wait.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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I've only gone once. They only offer one GF option on their menu. I had the Old Fashion, but I was grateful because it was so good. However, I did not ask if they prepare, handle & bake the GF dough separate from the gluten batches.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I'm a celiac and eat the gf donuts here every few weeks- I've never felt sick and the donuts are amazing!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Delicious, but not celiac safe (the only reason I gave it lower stars)

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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This was the best damn donut I've ever put in my mouth - gf or not. Slightly warm and amazing. Granted I have had a donut in almost three years, but this was worth the wait!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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I thought the doughnut was fantastic! The price was a little high for my taste, but I would go again when visiting Costa Mesa.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Not Celiac friendly. Offer 1 gluten free donut each week, you cans find the flavor of the week on their website. Had the banana walnut and it was sooo good! Will definitely be bad to try the other flavors!

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Gluten Intolerant

Overall Rating

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Doughnuts are good but not gf. They call it gluten-friendly since they share mixers, cooking baths, surfaces, etc.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating

Overall Rating

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This was not good at all for people who are heavily allergic. They had something called “gluten friendly” which essentially means there is no gluten, but is heavily cross contaminated because it is fried in the same oil as other doughnuts. The people were very upfront about this, and did not try to sugarcoat it, but “gluten friendly” feels almost useless for the majority of people who are severely allergic. It is nice that they tried and I would recommend this for people who are not intensely allergic, or for people who are vegan because they have great vegan options. I did end up ordering a chocolate milk, which was not bad, although aside from knowing that the doughnuts were in fact cross contaminated, the servers did not know much else concerning the gluten present in what they serve.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies

Overall Rating

Review


Not for people with celiac or even sensitivity. Major cross contamination. Employees aren’t knowledgeable about allergies and flat out don’t care. Icing on regular donuts is used for gluten free ones. Flour filled gloves are used to move gluten free donuts.

Celiac friendly?

No

Overall Rating

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Sold out of GF doughnuts and ran out of ice.

Celiac

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Artisanal donuts with a GF option but fried in same frier so not safe for Celiac, sadly. This the low rating. Go to ICDC or Fonuts across town for delicious and safe donuts.

Celiac friendly?

No

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