Tin Shack Bakery

Tin Shack Bakery – Sharing Their Love for Fresh Baked Goods and the Pahoa Community
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

At the Tin Shack Bakery, they go all out in serving up fresh baked goods, coffee, and so much more. Their Pahoa shop serves as a beloved neighborhood space, too, giving all their patrons a lowkey spot to get their fill of comfort food. As if all that’s not enough, every visit supports their mission to give all their love to their community through giveaways, cleanup sessions, and other charitable activities.  

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

With a trip over to the Tin Shack Bakery, you can start your day off right with fresh baked goods and the coffee to match. You cannot take your items as takeout, so be ready to settle in for a sit-down meal to remember. Always homemade using fresh ingredients, their meals are well worth taking the time to enjoy onsite. In making each dish, they use local grass-fed beef and other top-notch ingredients sourced from local farms. On top of that, they aim to use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Now set in the heart of Pahoa Town, this popular shop got its start at the S.P.A.C.E. Farmers Market in Puna. With their loyal patrons’ support, they’ve grown by leaps and bounds, inspiring them to give back to their beloved community. In an effort to do just that, they regularly give away food and other essentials, plus go out to clean up the community by hand. The crew encourages participation in all their community events by posting announcements about each one on their social medial channels.

Between their tasty menu items, bright aloha spirit, and love for the community, it’s no wonder that people come in from far and wide on the daily. The line often goes out the door as a result, leaving eager patrons waiting up to two hours at a time. The love keeps coming their way until their early afternoon close and then starts up in earnest the very next morning.

Since they stay so busy all day long, their tables fill up fast and stay a full hour after hour. So, you might feel a bit rushed to enjoy your selections, and then move on. In the future, they may expand their space further to give everyone more space to kick back and relax. For now, it’s well worth getting your items and enjoying them with the quickness before heading out on all your island adventures.

Stop by to try the:

Sourdough Pancakes
For light, fluffy deliciousness in every bite, treat yourself to their Sourdough Pancakes. When you order this dish, you’ll get two huge pancakes topped with high-quality butter and log cabin syrup. Want real maple syrup instead? Just let your server know and they’ll provide it for an extra charge.

Veggie Pesto Bagel
A true fan favorite always, the Veggie Pesto Bagel beautifully pairs fresh herbs with a wonderful cheesiness. They make this lunchtime treat by toasting a bagel and then spreading cream cheese on both sides. After that, they add housemade vegan pesto, cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, onion, and sprouts.

Boss Pastrami Melt
Whenever you’re in the mood for beefy goodness, you cannot go wrong with the Boss Pastrami Melt. This sandwich starts with toasted rye sourdough piled high with beautifully seasoned pastrami. Then, they top it with Havarti cheese and add their ultra-tart housemade sauerkraut.

Since they’re a bakery through and through, you can always count on getting decadent desserts at every visit. Flourless chocolate cake, carrot cake, and cheesecake are almost always on tap and ready to delight your tastebuds. Their cinnamon rolls are out of this world delicious, too, although you definitely have to swing by early to get a taste. By the time they close their doors, many of their fresh-baked desserts are sold out. But that’s not a problem because they just make more every night after closing their doors.

Insider Tips:
-To get to their shop, you’ll need to slowly go down a rough road filled with potholes galore.
-Need to surf the net during your visit? Just ask for their wi-fi password.
-They often let local musicians come by to play for their patrons, although they don’t reveal their entertainment schedule ahead of time.
-When enjoying savory fare, ask for a side of their homemade hot sauce. It’s incredible!