Storefront of Agnes Bake Shop in Kailua

If you’re craving malasadas on the windward side of Oahu and too lazy to drive to Leonard’s, head to Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop. Many customers know the Kailua bakery for these piping-hot, little pastries rolled in sugary goodness. Others know it for their fresh loaves of bread.

Whatever it may be, Agnes’ has been a mainstay in Kailua for as long as I can remember. As kids, my mom would always bring home fresh-baked sweet bread on her way home from work. Otherwise, she surprised us with those decadent brownies – so huge, they required sharing.

Agnes’ also makes a great stop for coffee. Many customers swing by for a freshly-brewed cup of island java. As for pastries to go with that coffee? They’ve got plenty to choose from – cinnamon rolls, jelly donuts, scones, turnovers, I could go on forever. As obsessed as I am with Agnes’, I have not tried EVERY item on the menu. If I did, I would be 100 pounds heavier!

Although their shop sign boasts “Portuguese Bake Shop,” Agnes’ whips up delightful treats from all sorts of cultures, too. Over the years, I have seen baklava, manapua, pesto puffs and many more. The “Portuguese” can be found in the malasadas and breads.

Ahh, my mouth is watering as I write this. I really need to make a stop there the next time I’m on that side, but in the meantime, keep Agnes’ in mind the next time you’re craving malasadas or a sweet treat.

AGNES PORTUGUESE BAKE SHOP

• 46 Hoolai St. Kailua, Hawaii 96734 • Opens Tues-Sat 6am-6pm, Sun 6am-2pm • 808-262-5367 • www.agnesbakeshop.com