Kailua (Oahu) Finds
Two great finds in Kailua.
Agnes' Portuguese Bake Shop: I went to Agens' as a huge fan of Leonard's malassadas (the delightful Portuguese doughnuts coated with sugar), but Agnes blew me away. The malassadas are smaller, and in the traditional doughnut shape...that hole provides for extra surface area and extra crispiness. They were crispy on the outside, chewy and moist on the inside. Definitely the best I've had. 46 Ho'okei Street.
Kuulei Delicatessan: Great okazu (Hawaiian takeout snacks), especially the fried shrimp and sweet potates in a sweet (cornmeal?) breading and fried garlic chicken. Good noodles as well. 418 Kuulei Road.
Yup. Great malasadas. And, if you call ahead they will be ready for you when you arrive.
Another nearby find: The Saigon Noodle Shop in Enchanted Lake, Superb spring rolls. The best I've ever had!
I was amazed about the Foodland upgrade - Frank Family Chard - I was thrilled. There's also a very upscale wine & gourmet cheese & charcutrie shop attached - can't remember the name - it wasn't cheap, but had some exciting mainly European food & cheese & wine finds.
Ditto on Agnes' -- by far the best malasadas we've had. Yeah, I know they aren't good for you.
Also, another vote for Saigon Noodle House. Delicious lemograss chicken or bbq'd shimp vermicelli and excellent Vietnamese sandwiches, better than Ba Le.
The 'groumet' wine and food spot at Foodland is R. Field, which they own. Bought out the retailer of that name.
Something I love in Kailua is Casablanca. Delicious Moroccan food. They have a complete dinner menu that you have to make reservations for. That dinner is served in a aeperate building that is made to look like a tent, behind the restaurant. There is belly dancing for entertainment. They do not have wine on site, but will serve whatever you bring. The entire meal takes about 3 hours. Delicious food, great service.