By Judy Sweetland
We all have that favorite breakfast or lunch spot when we’re at home, and we know where to go when cravings hit for a sweet treat, but wouldn’t it be nice to know where to go while on vacation? Fine dining is wonderful, and the delicacies served for dessert are usually spectacular, but as they say, ‘when in Rome do as the Romans do’ so I have put together a short list of some of my tried-and-true favorites on the island of Oahu. Give them a try and let me know what you think. It was my pleasure sampling them for you!
- Shrimp Truck: They’re all good and everyone has their favorite, but for me, no trip Haleiwa town would be complete without stopping by Macky’s. Both the garlic, and lemon pepper peal-n-eat shrimp are over-the-top-good with flavors that will make your mouth water. Served with sticky rice and a small salad, Macky’s should be on everyone’s list of local flavor. Try it once, and you will be back! http://www.mackeyshrimptruck.com/
- While you’re in the neighborhood Matsumoto’s shaved ice is THE BEST! I like rainbow flavor with sweetened condensed milk – go big or go home! Grab a t-shirt while you’re there. Yes, there’s a line. That’s because it’s amazing. As the saying goes, “All good things come to those who wait.” Take the time and wait in the line. You’ll be so glad you did. I wish I was there right now! http://matsumotoshaveice.com/
- For a quick and simple breakfast (served on disposable white china), Koa Pancakes in Kapolei can’t be beat. The chocolate chip pancakes are every kid’s favorite, and the omelets are delicious! If you’re planning on a fun-filled day of island exploration, Koa Pancakes is super casual, and a great place to start your day. It’s not fancy, but it’s good! http://www.koapancakehouse.com/menu
- Leonard’s for malasadas is an absolute MUST. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to find this hidden gem. A malasada is akin to a cream-filled donut on steroids. Filled with coconut (haupea), chocolate (dobash) or custard these hot, made-to-order delicacies are pure heaven. They are deadly delicious, but trust me when I tell you there is no better way to go. Piping hot and served fresh daily, I would fly to the Oahu just for this! http://www.leonardshawaii.com/
5. Chocolate Chantilly Haupea cake from Ted’s Bakery on the North Shore – or any other cake for that matter. Close your eyes and point at the menu and you are bound to select a winner. The Pineapple Macadamia Nut Cheesecake is a true taste of the islands! http://tedsbakery.com/story.html
- BONUS! Liliha Bakery in Honolulu where up to 7,000 Coco Puffs are served a day! Also sold are mouth-watering empanadas, Chantilly cakes, haupea, donuts and more! The Liliha Bakery Coffee Shop features home-cooked goodness and is open 24 hours a day, every day except Monday. http://lilihabakeryhawaii.com/about_us/our_history