The 5 Best Doughnut Shops in Orange County

The 5 Best Doughnut Shops in Orange County


The doughnut. Those delightful rings of sugary goodness that have captured the hearts and taste buds of people around the world for generations. From their humble origins to their current status as a global sensation, donuts have evolved and diversified, providing endless opportunities for indulgence and satisfaction. Luckily Southern California is home to some of the most sought after doughnuts in California. Doughnuts have transformed over the years from the old fashioned cake doughnuts to a culinary work of art. Doughnuts and Cronuts of all shapes, sizes and flavors.

From classic glazed donuts to whimsical creations with colorful sprinkles, hand crafted fillings, glazes and more, donuts offer something for every palate. Not just for the kids anymore but for the kids at heart, those sweet pillow like rings can bring back memories from every stage of life. Traditional favorites include powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, and jelly-filled donuts. However, the innovation in donut flavors knows no bounds, with options like maple bacon, matcha green tea, salted caramel, and even savory options like cheese-filled or sriracha-glazed donuts. These endless possibilities make donuts a canvas for culinary creativity.  Here are the five of the best doughnut shops in Orange County.

Sidecar Doughnuts

Sourcing the finest and freshest ingredients with a focus on showcasing seasonal and local products Sidecar doughnuts works to craft inventive seasonal flavors with house made fillings and glazes with doughnuts coming out of the oven hot and fresh every hour. Fan favorites like huckleberry, butter & salt,  and savory favorite basil and egg keep local coming back for more. The menu changes frequently so keep a look out for what’s new this month. 


These 40 hour yeast doughnuts are fried to order. Seasonal ingredients, a rotating menu and creative donuts draw crowds to the shop from all over. Some favorites are the Monte Cristo, filled with ham and gruyere cheese. Dusted in powdered sugar and paired with a side of homemade strawberry jam and the Banoffee Inspired by the traditional English banoffee pie, topped with homemade banana pudding, fresh banana slices, banana whipped cream, toffee sauce and streusel. Get a FREE Bumbleberry doughnut for signing up for Oliboli’s email list.

JD Flannel

This donut shop focuses the way donuts were made in the “old fashioned” days.  Authentic from scratch donuts without the use of artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. All donuts are hand-rolled and hand-cut in small batches throughout the day to ensure that they are as fresh as possible! Stop into JD Flannel and pick up one of the fan favorites from their seasonal menu. Glutten Free and Vegan options too!

Friendly Donuts

Friendly Donuts, croissant wheels, vegan options and a seasonal menu keep locals coming back for more at Friendly Donuts. Inventive flavors like Vanilla rosemary, chocolate French cream, Strawberry lemonade tiramisu are just a few of the seasonal options on the menu.  

The Donuttery

The Donuttery has been around since 1970 and with good reason. This 24 hour donut shop works on taking classic flavors and elevating them to new heights. If your a fan of the heavy-cakey-dry-dunkers, the fluffy-chewy yeast lovers or looking for vegan or gluten free options the Donuttery has something for you. Grab a malsada, mochi donut,  classic sugar raised or whipped cream filled.


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