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(Sponsored) Kouign amann butter mochi, mouth-numbing spicy chicken sandwiches, and pizzas loaded with pickled garlic are just a few of the inexpensive gourmet dishes available to take away.

OWhen brothers Trung and Brandon Lam opened their first La Tour Café in 2011, it was an experiment to see how their father Thanh Lam’s La Tour Bakehouse bread and pastries would work in a real café. Ten years and five locations later, they still produce some of the best baked goods in the industry with a menu of sandwiches, pizzas and salads to showcase them. From the iconic rainbow of French macarons at the counter to Wagyu Melts on shokupan and spinach, mushroom and garlic pizzas, each item is designed to showcase their French baking expertise with a twist. of local flair.

Even before pandemic restrictions tightened their grip on restaurants, La Tour was a force in the takeout scene with online ordering, sustainable packaging and fair prices everyone could bear. And this year, they were named Hale ‘Aina finalists for Best Takeout in the Affordable Category.

In this episode, Chef Chris Gee shares some of the best bites, both classic and new, that make La Tour Café a destination if you want candlelight dining on a budget.