Malasadas in E. Bay/SF?
Just got back from Honolulu, and now looking for those little rascals. I know that probably, nothing can equal Leonard's, but thought I'd ask . . . Thanks
I haven't been to, or heard of Leonards, but if it makes its' Malasadas to order, right out of the fryer..than you might be disenchanted with the precooked ones from Portuguese Bakery...I know I was...we had a Hawaiian restaurant here in the city in my neighborhood named "Titas" and the malasadas made to order were something that I always had and still crave... the loction is now "Frances" a well reviewed destination restaurant here. It would be nice of them to honor the memory of Titas and create their own version, but nothing so far!
I get my fresh fried dough craving somewhat sated from the couple of places in the city that make beignets...similar, but not quite the same thing!
Having grownup eating filhos/malasadas that my grandmother would make, I can tell you that they are best straight from the fryer. Next best thing, pick them up from the bakery, take them home and zap them in the microwave for a couple of seconds and then shake them in a bag of sugar/cinnamon mixture.
Bellanico on Park Boulevard in Oakland serves a a fresh doughnut dessert that comes pretty close. I'm borrowing this picture from Yelp so you can see that they are malasada-ish:
Unfortunately, they don't give you the option of filling them with haupia (*sigh*).
4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602