Malasadas at L&L Hawaiian BBQ in Pacifica
Brought a picnic to the beach in Pacifica today, which included some food from L&L Hawaiian BBQ (a chain with a branch near the Pacifica Safeway). In addition to the food I was bringing to the beach, I ordered two malasadas (Portuguese/Hawaiian donuts), which together cost $1.50. I don't know if malasadas are available at every L&L since it was only listed on a taped-up paper, not on the main menu. But they were very good. The balls of fried dough were unfilled, but clearly freshly fried and served warm and covered in sugar. We ate them on the spot.
BBQ pork and chicken sandwiches were only OK, and macaroni salad was fine, but it's the malasadas that would get me to return. Do other Bay Area L&Ls have this too?
They're not that great, especially compared to the real thing. Look for Church events, such at St. Leander's in San Leandro. They're worth making, but the recipes I've tried produced that were breadier than the airy Leonard's style. I talked to the baker at Silva Bakery in Hayward and he said the breadier style is the more authentic for whatever that's worth. He posts which places are having Portuguese food events in his bakery. Anyway, the Kings of Kau Kau have a video about malasadas that so dopey and local that I felt very proud to have come from the same place they do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZy2re...
Wow, it's been a long time since we've talked about L & L. As you've discovered, it's not that great of a plate lunch. But a warm, fresh Hawaiian style malasada? I don't remember hearing about them.
Here's a link to the Bay Area locations: