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Nov 4, 2012 08:55 PM

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?

Dave MP

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  1. 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:

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I've had them but they were far from fresh... I think Dave was lucky to have gotten a fresh batch. I haven't been nearly so lucky and as I am now spending a lot of time on the coast side, I've been there often.

      1. re: CarrieWas218

        Yeah, perhaps I was lucky. I was there around 2 PM on a Sunday, and we had to wait about 10 minutes before the malasadas were ready. Definitely fresh....but I can also see how they'd start to get much worse after more than 5 or 10 mins of cooling.

    2. Hawaiian Drive-inn on Encinal in Alameda has them on their menu for $2

      i've been given a couple of them complimentary. these were slightly under-fried

      1. 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.