I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about summer that makes it okay to eat doughnuts all the time. Something about the careless abandon that summer suggests sends a message to my brain telling me to eat sugar covered fried carbs in the morning. Or the afternoon. I’m not particular about the time.
And I’m not really a doughnut snob either. I’m quite happy eating doughnuts from the grocery store bakery and have fond memories of going to the bakery counter at Albertson’s when I was a kid and getting a tiger tail doughnut. This is like a maple bar except half of it is chocolate and the frosting is swirled in a tiger strip pattern. The best of all possible worlds.
In Honolulu, definitely the best place to go for doughnuts is Regal Bakery. They have an awesome variety of doughnuts available throughout the day at their two locations in town. And we discovered on our most recent visit that their doughnuts are discounted after 4 pm. The selection may not be quite as good, but the savings is pretty rad. We went in the afternoon this time, and there were still plenty of amazing flavors to choose from.
Their yeasted donuts are great, and they even have a round maple chocolate doughnut similar to my beloved tiger tail. The one their best known for is the maple bacon, and I can confirm that it is completely amazing. I like that the bacon is chopped up so that you’re not trying to chew through a whole slice of bacon as you eat your sandwich. It’s the perfect combination of savoury and sweet. Go for it!
What Regal Bakery is really known for is their colorful cake donuts. Normally, I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of cake donuts, but the ones at Regal Bakery are so moist and flavorful, I could never say no. In fact, it’s usually all I can do to stop myself from eating a million.
They have a ton of flavors including green tea and pineapple li hing for the locals. Emily got a berry blast and I got the Mud Hen which is a chocolate doughnut with vanilla icing and crushed Oreos. I also saw cotton candy, blueberry, and red velvet. I could probably go here every day.
If you’re visiting Honolulu and staying in Waikiki, the closest location is at the McCully Shopping Center (the sign says Regal Diner), but if you find yourself visiting Chinatown while you’re on the island, they have a bigger location there, so be sure to check it out.
They also serve typical Hawaiian plate lunch as well as breakfast and burgers, but I haven’t tried their real food. How can anyone see past doughnuts? What’s your favorite flavor?