Many of you must be wondering what I was doing at Ted's Bakery. After all, Ted's is on the other side of the island and I can easily buy Ted's Bakery pies at the local supermarket.
I actually took a drive out to the North Shore to eat at Giovanni's Aloha Shrimp, but once there, I discovered that the line was too long. There was no parking, and judging by the number of people there, the wait was probably in excess of an hour. Hungry and disappointed, I continued on, down the road, until I got to Ted's.
Ted's occupies most of the space that is/used to be the Sunset Beach Store, which has been around since the late 50's. Ted's has been here for more years than I can remember and they are most famous for their cream pies -- most notably, the chocolate haupia cream. When I arrived at the shop with a couple of friends in tow, there were a few tourists, and locals, ordering food and purchasing baked goods. In addition to the pies and other baked goods, Ted's has a nice selection of sandwiches and plate lunches.
Since we hadn't eaten, and were starving, we decided to eat here. The bento (US$6.95) sounded good, so that's what we all had.
The bento came with FOUR (!) scoops rice, a few pieces of chicken katsu, a piece of teriyaki beef, a piece of Spam®, and a piece of mahimahi. The little containers in the middle of all that rice hold some chicken katsu sauce and some tartar sauce. The first thing I have to say about this bento was that it was huge! The second thing that I have to say about this bento is that it was delicious.
The contents of this bento were prepared fresh and because Ted's was a little busy, that meant a wait of about 7 minutes. The chicken katsu was golden brown and crunchy. Lightly seasoned, and not at all greasy. The teriyaki beef was cut thick, the sauce was slightly sweet and meat was so tender. The bento was worth its price for the teriyaki beef alone. Awesome and delicious. The mahimahi was dipped in egg, then pan fried -- once again, not greasy.
For dessert, I took home a slice of Ted's famous chocolate haupia cream pie (US$1.95).
Now, this is the best chocolate haupia cream pie that you will ever have. The chocolate filling is chocolately, smooth and creamy, and doesn't really taste much like the pudding that it's probably made from. The haupia on top, provides the perfect compliment to the chocolate. On top of the haupia, is lots of piped whipped cream. This is one of my favorites. The only thing that I think needs improving is the "doneness" of the crust. In my opinion, it could be baked a little darker and made a little flakier. Other than that, this is one pie that can't be beat!
Next time you're on the North Shore, stop by Ted's for some of their delicious cream pies. If you haven't yet had lunch, make sure to have one of their awesome plate lunches, or the BIG bento. You'll be glad you did.
59-024 Kamehameha Highway