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Short & Sweet Bakery & Cafe

374 Kinoole St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #19 of 205 restaurants in Hilo
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Café
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
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English first
Hilo, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I love this little cafe/bakery. I noticed people coming in buying macaroons by the dozens, so I had to try one. Really delicious! Have found other ono gluten-free options here too! Nice little place to treat yourself to relaxing coffee & sweet thing. And they have happy hour on many of their pastries from 2-4:30.

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USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Based on several reviews we decided to try our luck on desserts. We were disappointed. They had a limited selection that was overpriced. We still bought a few items to taste them and we were disappointed. Don't go there for desserts/pastries. However we noticed locals placing orders for large wedding cakes, so I guess that is the specialty.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had breakfast there when we visited Hilo, Hawaii. Really nice staff, very helpful with our somewhat problematic requests. I had a BLT sandwich which was really fresh. My husband had the veggie melted cheese sandwich which was nice also. Had a couple of lemonades to go with.

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Lehi, Utah
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I had a wonderful ranch chicken sandwich on focaccia bread--all homemade and very tasty. My husband enjoyed his sandwich just as much. There is a wide range of desserts as well. It is a very popular place with locals--not on the "tourist routes". Worth it!

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Waimea, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Some foods are good but most desserts are previously frozen and do not have fresh flavor. Most of all, incredibly rude manager and owner. Also no bathroom to wash your hands before you eat their $10-12 sandwitches. Even children are not allowed to wash hands at thier sink behind the counter. Poor Hilo customers go there because there are no... More

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

I have been here many times and the food is very good and there are a lot of dessert selections to chose from. Usually there is only one person taking your order and delivering your food so be patient because a long line can form very quickly. The prices aren't cheap however they are reasonable and the food is good.... More

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hilo
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Short and Sweet is mostly a carry out sandwich/ dessert restaurant, but there are a couple of wrought iron garden-type tables inside and out where you can sit and enjoy your meal. If you choose to sit inside, you will be right there next to the group of people waiting for their sandwiches, so don't expect an intimate and private... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This was a really cute bakery that we stopped in to kill some time before going to Mauna Kea. The guy that worked there was really nice and helpful. We had the Nutella mouse cake, homemade Oreo, and some citrusy bar (can't remember the name). Great bakery!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We happened to be in Hilo on a Sunday morning and wanted an early lunch. Short&Sweet Bakery had a nice brunch menu in addition to their regular menu. The bakery/cafe is not in an idealic location across the street from the local paper, but hey, it's Hawaii and there is beauty everywhere. I ordered the quiche which included a garden... More

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Petaluma, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Being from California we have had many different Panini sandwiches. This little gem of a bakery is a must stop when in Hilo, Hi. Best Panini ever and the bakery has the most variety of baked goods one could ask for. Very clean, very personable, very good. When on the island, this is one of our main stops!

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