By Nadine Kam
Liliha Bakery has made The Daily Meal's list of "America’s 50 Best Bakeries." — The Daily Meal photo
Liliha Bakery is No. 15 on The Daily Meal's list of "America’s 50 Best Bakeries," based on consultations with bake experts , and an analysis of the more than 6,000 retail bakeries nationwide.
The team started with a list of 1,400 bakeries and whittled it down to America’s top 50 using the criteria of: menu of both breads and pastries, longevity, whether they employ notable and award-winning chefs, whether they make all their baked goods from scratch, and buzz factor.
The list was created with the notion that holiday shoppers would be on the lookout for sweet treats for their next parties. The panel of experts included Francois Payard, Dominique Ansel, Pichet Ong, and Eric Kayser.
Here are the top 10; the remainder can be viewed at www.thedailymeal.com/americas-50-best-bakeries/111313
1. Tartine Bakery, San Francisco
2.Dominique Ansel, New York City
3. Flour Bakery + Café, Boston
4. The Standard Baking Company, Portland, Maine
5. Macrina Bakery, Seattle
6. Levain Bakery, New York City
7. Salty Tart, Minneapolis
8. Amy’s Bread, New York City
9. Porto’s Bakery, Los Angeles
10. Pearl Bakery, Portland, Ore.America's 50 Best Bakeries (Slideshow)
Of Liliha Bakery, the website says:
"Liliha Bakery opened in 1950, selling butter rolls, glazed donuts, dobash (chocolate) and haupia (coconut) cake, and more to Hawaii’s community. Liliha is known for its coco puff, which debuted in 1970 with not much success, but made a comeback in 1990 when now-retired baker Kame Ikemura tweaked the recipe. The coco puff, one of the bakery’s most popular items, is filled with chocolate pudding and topped with Hawaiian chantilly cream. The bakers crank up the oven and bake everything from scratch from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, making Liliha not only a local favorite but also a must-visit destination when you’re in Hawaii."
What's interesting is the bakeries Liliha Bakery beat, including Payard's own NYC François Payard Bakery (No. 21), Momofuku Milk Bar (No. 24) and Bouchon Bakery (No. 25)!