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Established in 2012, Sidecar is the brainchild of a creative team brought together by a shared vision of creating a beautiful, new type of gathering place for their beloved community…


…One offering perfectly hand-crafted doughnuts, delicious coffee, and infectious smiles for all.

Here at Sidecar, we infuse an exciting, soulful energy into the art of doughnut making, and stand by our commitment to serve the ‘World’s Freshest Doughnut.’

With inventive, seasonal flavors, and the founders’ backgrounds in visual arts, the Sidecar team brings an artistic flare to the culinary venture, which can be seen in the creativity and passion poured into not only their unique doughnuts, but also into every detail of their brick and mortar stores.

Sidecar’s mission is to consistently use a “from the earth” approach in their sourcing of ingredients, their innovation with new flavors, and their commitment to customer service. From the moment you step into Sidecar and bite into one of their delectable treats, you will surely agree that this is not your ordinary doughnut experience.

We believe in Doughnuts, Coffee, and Community, and would love for you to check out how we are putting that motto to use with our SideCares program.  Learn more about the Sidecar team below. Have a Nice Day!


Sumter Pendergrast


Favorite Doughnut

Apple Fritter

Co-Founder Sumter Pendergrast sitting at a small table with a coffee cup in his hand

Chi-Lin Pendergrast


Favorite Doughnut

Choc A Lot with Mint

Co-Founder Chi-Lin Pendergrast standing in a shop with plants behind her

Jason Kliewer

Director of Culture

Favorite Doughnut

Strawberry Buttermilk

Director of Culture Jason Kliewer standing in the entrance of Sidecar Doughnuts leaning on the door frame with a hat on

Jonathan Trigg

Director of Business Support

Favorite Doughnut


Director of Business Support Jonathan Trigg standing in the entrance to the Sidecar Doughnuts shop with his arms crossed wearing a hat a glasses

Erika Viramontes

General Manager, Costa Mesa

Favorite Doughnut

Maple Bacon

Costa Mesa General Manager Erika Viramontes standing outside with a large potted plant behind her

Anastasia Hamilton

General Manager, Santa Monica

Favorite Doughnut

Lemon & Thyme

Santa Monica General Manager Anastasia Hamilton standing in front of The Sidecar Doughnuts shop wearing a hat

Barbara Isaac

General Manager, Del Mar

Favorite Doughnut

Butter & Salt

Bob Nilsen


Favorite Doughnut

Maple Bacon

Co-Owner Bob Nilsen sitting behind a table full of doughnuts and holding a doughnut in the air
Chef standing with back to camera at a kitchen counter and a rolling pin in her hands, formed doughnuts to her left uncooked
Drawer or kitchen utensils with tape labeling it saying: you are a beautiful creature
Maple Bacon Doughnuts with pure Vermont Maple Syrup glaze and crispy Niman's Ranch bacon, chef adding bacon to doughnuts
Chef sprinkling flour on large ball of dough on work surface in a kitchen
Multiple Silver Dome Lights Hanging from the Ceiling
Doughnuts in the fryer

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