VG Donuts, The Legendary Bakery of Cardiff-By-The-Sea

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VG Donuts and Bakery is an iconic Cardiff-by-the-Sea community business and historical landmark. As Cardiff locals, Jim and Betty Mettee with 6 kids started VG’s in 1969 in hopes to frame their own future. Jim wanted to have a business that even when times were financially difficult, he could still offer a donut and a cup of coffee to those in need and bring joy to their lives. They focused on quality ingredients, consistent product, and true customer service. Jim’s son, Joe first started working at in his early teens and became a partner before the age of 20. By the late 1970’s, he met his wife, Betty (she worked as a cashier) and in the 1980’s they took over ownership in full when Father Jim became sick.

VG Donut & Bakery is a full service bakery located in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, in Coastal North County San Diego. Specializing in the old-fashioned style of baking, VGs is owned and operated by the Mettee family since 1969, and is now a thriving third generation business. VG or “Very Good” for those who were wondering, is a local’s favorite for a fresh cup of coffee and a bakery item guaranteed to satisfy a sweet tooth.

For many customers, VG Donut & Bakery has become a tradition and a Cardiff landmark. The quick moving line that extends out the doors daily is proof that VGs is more than a bakery, it’s an institution filled with familiar faces.

Photo: @teejan_saddy

Photo: @teejan_saddy

The undeniable unique VG’s is still family owned and family operated by the Mettee’s whom take extreme care of their establishment, employees and pride in their baked goods.  They have a great love for their family, town, weather, beaches and amazingly cool customers as well.     

With Jim and Betty as amazing role models, VG’s continues to give back to community and help those in great need. Annually, they donate to the local schools extracurricular activity programs that are no longer offered or supported through the common core.

VG’s is a fun, vibrant atmosphere that every local adores.  A must try, if you have never had VG’s baked goods, is the Chocolate glaze or chocolate old fashion donut. Their chocolate icing is legendary.

VGs uses only top quality ingredients to ensure top quality products. Donuts are baked twice daily, at 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. We also offer a large variety of pastries, muffins, cookies, bread, desserts and cakes for all occasions, including weddings. In fact, VG Donut & Bakery makes the most reasonably priced and delicious wedding cakes in San Diego.