Languish in Larry’s Sweets
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A visit to Larry’s Bakery is like visiting a family member or friend — you look forward to sampling their best baked goods and, in this case, receive customer service that makes you feel like part of the family.
Which makes perfect sense, since Larry’s Bakery, in business since the mid-’60s, has remained a family operation, currently run by Iris Yafuso-Toguchi and Lance Yafuso.
“Of course, our almost-to-be-81-year-old mom still comes everyday to help us,” says Iris.
“Every day” begins at around 3 a.m.
A popular item on the menu is Manju ($1.30 each). Okinawan sweet potato and azuki bean filling are the classic flavors offered, paired with a homemade crust. The newest flavor, lima bean, is quickly gaining fame as well. This unique flavor has been well received, as it is lightly sweet, but not overpowering.
Another memorable favorite is Blueberry Cinnamon Bread ($6). Plus, it’s perfect for breakfast.
“The great thing about Blueberry Cinnamon Bread is that you can slice it up and dip it in egg batter, and then make French toast with it,” says Iris.
And, of course, no one can ever forget Butter Roll Sticky Buns ($1.35 each). This renowned item was created as a fun (and delicious) way for the employees to use extra butter rolls and caramel glaze.
“Now, we can’t keep it on the shelf,” she adds.
One thing to keep in mind: You’re going to want to arrive early. Larry’s irresistible eats — especially for those with a demanding sweet tooth — draw a crowd, which sometimes leaves the bakery with empty shelves by 10 a.m.
Once you’ve had a taste, you’ll understand why.
4369 Lawehana St., Honolulu
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturdays, 6 a.m.-noon