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Dec 2, 2011 12:05 PM

Malasadas in the Bay Area?

anyone know of a good place, ideally like the ones from Leonards in Oahu

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    1. re: wolfe

      Thanks Wolfe,

      Someone recommended Hawaiian Drive Inn in Alameda, have you been by any chance?

      1. re: dan k

        Have not been but will try, one can only hope, seems pricey.
        Hawaiian styled donuts. $2.00.
        Add drizzled chocolate for $0.50

        1. re: wolfe

          It does seem fairly pricey, but I'll always try something once. Let me know how they are if you beat me to it.

    2. try the Portuguese bakeries (one in Hayward, a couple in S.Jose, maybe one or two others in S.Clara county) in the area -- they won't have them daily so you should call, and won't be like the ones in Oahu or Maui. we did have a very good made to order beignet this morning at the Just for You Cafe (dogpatch/SF) that was very similar if not a bit better than the malasadas we ate in Maui.

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      1. re: moto

        Thanks Moto, I've been really itching to get my Malasada fix for some time now. I'll be back in Oahu in Feb but would love to find some locally.

        Thanks for the suggestions, I'll defn check them out

        1. re: dan k

          Silva Bakery , Hayward-- if they don't have them, they might know when folks in the Portuguese community make filhos (their alternative name for Portuguese speakers) for their fundraisers, like church festivals. Popular Bakery is in S.Jose, and Portuguese Bakery is in the city of Santa Clara.

          1. re: moto

            @moto thanks!

            I'll try the Portugese Bakery this week this week, since it's fairly close to where I live

            1. re: dan k

              After much research have decided the malasadas made by Agnes' Portuguese Bakery in Kailua are the best on Oahu, likely any island. Leonard's are tasty but perfectly shaped and cooked like an unfilled jelly doughnut (and now they even fill them) while Agnes' are handmade and oddly shaped, as the name suggests. There are some recipes to be found online in Hawaiian food sites and also Portuguese. Legend says they originally came from plantation workers from the Azores.

              1. re: MRMoggie

                My mom's cousin (who makes THEE best in California) and my grandmother (both from the Azores) have told me there was once a more popular style of forming the shape by stretching each piece of dough over the knee before frying - giving each a unique shape. A google search for "filhós do joelho" (joelho = knee) shows that this style is being kept alive in some parts of Portugal.

                1. re: MRMoggie

                  ill be in Oahu in Feb so ill add Agne's Bakery to my list of places. Thanks

                  1. re: dan k

                    If you get to the Big island, the malasadas at Tex Drive In on Hwy 240 in Honokaa are the favorite there. I'd also like to find these here.


        2. Last weekend I stopped at 9 Island Bakery in Rohnert Park. My heart sank when I saw the papered over storefront. But then I noticed that it had moved to the corner of the building, a bit smaller space but now with some visibility from the street.

          The new owner has been here for about a year now. Previously, she was a cheesemaker at Matos. I had one of the mimos, $1.50. The price has gone up, but they're still really wonderful. I'd rather have one of these than a designer cupcake any day, and I can in fact have two for the same price as a cupcake.

          The original owner did not make malasadas even though it was the most requested item. The new gal has seized the opportunity and is making them each Saturday. I was there at 1pm and she was already sold out for the day. She said that she might skip making them this weekend since they'll be busy filling Christmas orders. Hope someone tries the malassadas and reports back.

          9 Island Bakery
          1 Padre Pkwy, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            The mimos look great, but I'm not sure what they are. Is "mimos" a known name for an item?

          2. Ono Grindz, newish Hawaiian venue on Clement St, has them. Not exactly the same as Leonard's -a little closer textured- (but light). 826 Clement St. Bet 9th and 10 th Aves. Closed Tuesdays.

            Have not tried anything but the Malasadas and very good coffee.

            I had hoped for Lau lau too, but not on the menu.