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Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop
Agnes’ fills a niche for those seeking Portuguese fare by offering not just baked goods, but Portuguese bean soup and vinha d’ahlos (pickled pork). There’s also a full line of bakery and espresso drinks for coffee lovers.
Other must-tastes: malassadas, raspberry Russian tea biscuits and healthful breads.
46 Hoolai St., Kailua; 262-5367, www.agnesbakeshop.com; open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
Various pastries at Cafe Laufer in Kaimuki.
Some of this bakery’s popular desserts include a Banana Oreo Cookie Torte and white wine gel with assorted fresh fruits. They also do dinner specials, such as Beef Stroganoff, Chicken and Sausage Paella, and Fish with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce.
3565 Waialae Ave.; 735-7717, www.cafelaufer.com; 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays to Saturdays.
Cake flavors change daily — from spice cupcakes to coconut and the bakery’s best seller, red velvet. Also available during the holidays are seasonal flavors for Thanksgiving and Christmas, including pumpkin, egg nog and gingerbread.
Aina Haina Shopping Center, 820 W. Hind Drive; 373-9750, www.cakecouture.com; open 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Also at Davies Pacific Center, 841 Bishop St., Suite 151; 585-9750; open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.
Cake Works specializes in custom cakes for any occasion — “If you can dream it, they can make it.” In addition to their popular red velvet cake and house-made tiramisu, they’re also known for their scones, which come in a variety of flavors.
2820 S. King St.; 946-4333, www.cakeworkshi.com; open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
While they’re most popular for their, well, malasadas, they also make glazed doughnuts, hot cross buns and chiffon cakes. And breakfast bentos.
1926 S. Beretania St.; 947-8778; open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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Hokulani Bake Shop
Cupcakes come in more than a dozen varieties, including top-seller Southern red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Other flavors: lilikoi with lemon cream cheese frosting and strawberry guava with cream cheese frosting.
Restaurant Row; 536-2253, www.hokulanibakeshop.com; open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays;Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort Street Mall, ground floor; open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.
JJ Bistro & French Pastry
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In addition to their wildly popular malasadas, Leonard’s other best-sellers include pao doce (sweet bread) wrapped around savory goodies like Portuguese sausage, hot dogs or ham and cheese.
New desserts include banana cream cheese squares and pumpkin cream cheese squares.
933 Kapahulu Ave.; 737-5591; www.leonardshawaii.com; open 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturday.
Liliha Bakery & Coffee Shop
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Best sellers include Spanish rolls and ensemadas, which come plain, ube-flavored or with strips of coconut. Other favorites are baked chicken empanadas and pianono (jelly rolls) with butter, cream cheese, guava or pineapple fillings.
918 Gulick Ave., Kalihi; 841-4731; open 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays and Mondays, 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, and 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; cash only. Also at 94-216 Farrington Highway, Waipahu; 678-0828; open 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Panya Bistro & Bar
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The dessert that automatically comes to mind when this bakery is mentioned is Ted’s chocolate haupia pie and other cream pies. But Ted’s is also known for plate lunches, including garlic shrimp, barbecue chicken and mahimahi, as well as loco moco breakfasts.
59-024 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa; 638-8207, www.tedsbakery.com; open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; no checks; $