There aren’t many bakeries in Hawaii where you can find blueberry cream cheese donuts with a white chiffon crumb topping or red velvet cake donuts with a creamy cream cheese icing.
But you can find these flavors — and more — at Regal Bakery, which opened in April near the airport.
It’s probably the only stand-alone donut shop on Oahu now and the only one I know of selling such unique flavors as peppermint-iced cake donuts and guava-glazed yeast donuts covered with toasted macadamia nuts.
I mean, who does that?
Jessie Salvador does. He’s the 34-year-old manager and mastermind who comes up with these interesting flavors, including the flavors of the month. (In June it’ll be a rocky road donut; in July a blueberry-raspberry version with white chocolate icing.) And this Friday — National Donut Day, if you didn’t have that marked in your calendar — you can get one free donut when you visit the shop.
“I think timing was everything,” said Salvador, who has been working at Regal Foods (the shop’s parent company) for four years and has been in food service for 16. “We decided to do a donut shop because other bakeries were shutting down.”
His interesting spin on donuts — the flavors, the decorations — has lured a steady stream of customers, all eager to try something new. It’s no Krispy Kreme — which I find on the overly sweet side, anyway — but these donuts can stand on their own. And when you visit, try the apple fritter and old-fashioned donuts, too. Trust me, these are worth the drive to the airport.
Here’s what his shop has to offer:
Outside Regal Foods
Regal Bakery, 3040 Ualena St. Hours: 5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (808) 834-4423
what’s your personal best for donut consumption in one day….and did you win a trophy & have your picture on the wall for being the “donut champion?”
Personal best… Hmm… I think the day I brought back all those donuts from Regal! I think I sampled eight!
looks yum. paging DiO, though.
They’re good — and they make for great potluck items or office mid-afternoon surprises, too. 🙂
awesome! eight is enough! Now the question everyone is wondering: do u call them “sprinkles”, or “jimmies?”
A doughnut with sprinkles is like a brilliant sunrise. Makes me smile.
Is it just coincidence that Nadine Kam’s writeup of Regal is in today’s SA?
The blueberry crumb in your pirctures looked really good but my favorites were the plain ol’ glazed twist and the amazing buttermilk donut. The glaze on that one was so thick that it was actually a little crispy. YUMMERS! These are the best donuts on Oahu. Too bad they’re so damn far from campus.