Alas, Baker Tom’s is closed. I do sorely miss it!! For great malasada’s you might have to do some searching. There are some in Honoka’a apparently, at the interestingly named “Tex Drive in“. So stop there if you are driving up the coast.
“Hole in the wall” and “Mom and Pop” are both descriptors you could add in front of Baker Tom’s. I’m sure some people might add less flattering ones. It’s not much more than a counter with a couple cheap tables and chairs with papers and ‘stuff’ strewn about. They serve a few lunch items like ‘indian tacos’, chili, pizza, beef teriyaki and a few others. They recently added hamburgers and chips also. I’ve had the chili and the beef teriyaki. Nothing to write home about, but made for a decent quick lunch. What you really need to try are the malasadas. Malasadas are a traditional Portuguese pastry. The Portuguese settlers brought them from their homeland and Hawaiians have made it their own. From Wikipedia:
A malasada (or malassada, from Portuguese ”mal-assada” = “light-roasted”) is a Portuguese confection. They were first made by inhabitants of Madeira Island. Malasadas are made of egg-sized balls of yeast dough that are deep-fried in oil and coated with granulatedsugar… Traditional malasadas contain neither holes nor fillings, but some varieties of malasadas are filled with flavored cream or other fillings…
In MadeiraMalasadas are eaten mainly on Terça-feira Gorda (“Fat Tuesday” in English; Mardi Gras in French) which is also the last day of the Carnival of Madeira. The reason for making malasadas was to use up all the lard and sugar in the house, in preparation for Lent… This tradition was taken to Hawaii, where Shrove Tuesday is known as Malasada Day, which dates back to the days of the sugar plantations of the 19th century, the resident CatholicPortuguese (mostly from Madeira and the Azores) workers used up butter and sugar prior to Lent by making large batches of malasadas.
The Malasadas at Baker Tom’s are great and there are a wide variety from the original unfilled to various fruit-filled ones, peanut butter and jelly-filled and even a really good jalapeno ones (filled with peppers, cheese, onions.. no sugar coating). If you are staying at our home, you might want to walk or drive down (just up Mamalahoa Hwy about 1/2 mile) to Baker Tom’s and try out a few for breakfast or desert (and you don’t have to wait till Shrove Tuesday!). Maybe you should walk… back and forth a few times… because you’ll need it to burn off the calories .