Donuts & Pancakes: A Huntington Beach love affair

If you’re into donuts, pancakes and Hot Rods, Huntington Beach is the place for you. Especially on any Saturday morning of the year.

I’m glad I’m not living in Huntington Beach, CA. Because if I would, I would have to get out of bed at like 5 AM every Saturday morning and head over to the corner of Magnolia and Adams Ave. to go see the Donut Derelicts. Well, at least I could later enjoy a super-tasty breakfast at the Original Pancake House, which is not too far away.

donut_2015_01During week time it’s just another strip mall behind a Mobil gas station a few miles from the beach and the freeway. But every Saturday morning, when the donut shop at the corner of Magnolia and Adams Avenues in Huntington Beach opens, the parking lot starts filling with Hot Rods, Kustoms, Classics, Woodies, Pickup Trucks, Race Cars and whatnot else.

It all started in about 1986 when four or five car enthusiasts met at the Adams Ave. donut shop every Saturday morning to have some coffee and donuts. Whenever possible they rode their Hot Rods to the donut shop and sure caught some attention every time they were there. As time went on, word spread around and every week a few more cars showed up.


Today, the Donut Derelicts meeting has become known all around California, if not even worldwide. About 200 cars gather there every single Saturday morning showing off their hopped up engines and shiny paintjobs. But there’s also Rat Rods, daily-driven classic cars and anything in between, it’s just for anybody that’s into old American steel.

The whole thing starts at 6 AM and if you’re there by 8, you’re probably too late since it will be pretty much over then. There’s no entrance fee, no club organization and no attitude whatsoever. Nobody’s really in charge because the whole thing isn’t organized and promoted with flyers, it’s just happening. It has become a tradition, and it’s absolutely amazing the way it is.


When the time has come that the cars start taking off or your better half is starting to complain about why she had to get up at 5 AM to go look at all of those old cars, head over to The Original Pancake House on the corner of Brookhurst & Adams Ave. and grab a super tasty American style breakfast. That way she’ll be happy that you guys can finally go shopping and you’ll be at least well fed up for the next few hours hustling through some busy shopping mall.