Inspired by the Portuguese dough balls upgraded with dozens of traditional and unconventional flavors, Jo’s Malasadas Cafe & Bakery launched in Spring Valley, providing a lengthy menu of artfully presented sweets and plenty of savory choices served from breakfast to early evening.
Taking over 1,200-square-foot at the Phoenix Plaza retail center, close to Archi’s Thai Kitchen and the intersection of Flamingo Road and Torrey Pines Drive, the cafe has decorated one of its walls with a floral arch and neon signs, primed for social-media photo opportunities.
Its specialty malasadas, Portuguese fried dough balls, can be upgraded with a wide range of fillings, including Bavarian, guava, macadamia nut, Nutella, Fruity Pebbles cereal, or Kona coffee flavors. The bakery also offers the Filipino favorite pandesal rolls that can also be filled with taro, ube, or cheese.
Among the wide variety of sweet creations, cannoli, Hawaiian coco puffs, French eclairs, macaroons, and Napoleons, plus a range of cookies and cake pops. Cakes are sold by the slice or as a full-size serving.
Customers unable to make a decision can take home the $20 sampler box containing eight different pastries chosen each week.
Among the savory selections, bagels, biscuits and gravy, breakfast plates of eggs, sausage, home fries and toast, omelets, overstuffed meat sandwiches, plus soups and chicken Caesar, Italian, and Cobb salads.
Quick to comply with the latest COVID-19 constrictions, all customers at Jo’s Malasadas will have their temperature checked, social distancing will be enforced, masks will be mandatory and contactless food serving is already in place.