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Liliha Bakery 15th among top 50 in America

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 04:21 a.m. HST, Nov 15, 2013

Honolulu's Liliha Bakery, soon to expand to the former Sam Choy's location on Nimitz Highway, has been ranked at No. 15 among the nation's best 50 bakeries.

Online food site The Daily Meal reported that of the 6,000 retail bakeries in the country, it reviewed 1,400 to come up with its list of what it considers America's 50 Best Bakeries.

The site's coverage gives a brief history of Liliha Bakery, explaining that it opened in 1950 and that it is now best-known for its coco puff pastries which had a less-than-stellar debut in 1970. Since a recipe adjustment in 1990 the coco puff has become one of Liliha's most popular products.

The site called the bakery a "local favorite" and a "must-visit" for those traveling to Hawaii.

The top five in the U.S., according to the site, are No. 1 Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, No. 2 Dominique Ansel, New York City, famous for its trademarked "Cronuts," or doughnuts made from croissant pastry, No. 3 Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston, Mass., No. 4, The Standard Baking Co. Portland, Maine, and No. 5, Macrina Bakery, Seattle Wash.

Longtime Honolulu pastry chef Ed Morita, pastry chef at Highway Inn in Kakaako and longtime blogger was cited in the online coverage along with nationally known pastry chefs including Francois Payard.


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wes wrote:
Wow congratulations!
on November 14,2013 | 12:03PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Keep up the good work. This is what happens when people show their pride at work.
on November 15,2013 | 04:39AM
leino wrote:
I wonder what the healthist thing they sell is? I'm trying to wean myself off of sugar.
on November 15,2013 | 05:20AM
busterb wrote:
I'm not big on pastries, but when you enter that Liliha Bakery door, you leave your diet on the handle! Just don't go daily.
on November 15,2013 | 06:59AM
krusha wrote:
Great to see them still going strong. Seems like all the old time eateries have closed up already.
on November 15,2013 | 05:57AM
erickalm wrote:
Alright! Congrats Liliha Bakery! My family and I always travel from Kapolei just to get some of that chantilly goodness and of course enjoy a ono meal in the diner part ^__^
on November 15,2013 | 06:26AM
Bully wrote:
Love those coco puffs.
on November 15,2013 | 08:02AM
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