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Vale46
January 2nd, 2006, 01:38 AM
Where's a good breakfast restaurant that gives good bang for the buck, or is just plain awesome regardless of price?

Surfingfarmboy
January 2nd, 2006, 02:27 AM
I don't know where you are at or how important the overall cost of the breakfast is, but when I do happen to eat a breakfast, (and when I'm in that part of Honolulu, which is not enough) I love the Hungry Lion. It's clearly not the cheapest place for breakfast, but they do have an extensive menu of breakfast foods available thoughout the day. In my opinion, the food is standard breakfast food...nothing great, but certainly not below par. I just like the atmosphere, the bustle of the place, and the other diners who patronize the Hungry Lion...all of those factors contribute to why I enjoy the Hungry Lion. It kind of reminds of a place Seinfeld and his gang would have felt at ease in had they ever happened to visit Honolulu!

AbsolutChaos
January 2nd, 2006, 06:40 AM
From this website,
http://www.10best.com/Honolulu/Restaurants/Breakfast;Brunch/index.html
I can recommend:
--Anna Miller's
--Eggs n' Things (crazy lines for this one!)
--Wailana Coffee House (has a line but line moves quickly)
--Orchids (but only if you want to splurge; out of the Waikiki hotel breakfast/brunch buffets, this one's probably one of the nicest in Waikiki)

From this website,
http://honolulu.citysearch.com/bestof/winners/breakfast
I recommend additionally:
--Liliha Bakery
--Koa Pancake House
--Original Pancake House
--The others on the list have been voted "best of," but I've not been to them so I can't personally recommend them...perhaps others here on HT can recommend some of them too?

Another good site that recommends some good breakfast places:
http://www.alternative-hawaii.com/rest/oam.htm

tutusue
January 2nd, 2006, 07:55 AM
For beachside ambience and good food I like the Hau Tree Lanai at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel...Diamond Head end of Kalakaua. A little pricey but a very nice dining experience.

anapuni808
January 2nd, 2006, 09:40 AM
I like Big City Diner @ Ward Center. Also my brother & his wife go to Keoni's in Waikiki (across from Food Pantry, where old Jolly Roger used to be). They go there almost every week. Also, Original Pancake House on Kapiolani - but they have limited hours.

Fran

Linkmeister
January 2nd, 2006, 09:43 AM
Anna Miller's is sort of my neighborhood breakfast café. They occasionally have lines, but those lines move pretty quickly. It's good American coffee shop food (they make a great pastrami sandwich, which is hard to find in this town, or at least in this part of town). If you're in the Pearl City/Aiea/Newtown area, try 'em.

Their pies are very very good, too.

1stwahine
January 2nd, 2006, 10:24 AM
For breakfast, lunch or dinner and good "Local" Food with prices that can't be beat, I reccomend the following places:

Janes Fountain on Liliha Street.

Liliha Bakery open 24 hours (closed on Mondays)

Uptown Cafe on School Street

Pancake House

BBQ Hut on King Street (Awesome Friedrice omelettes)

Auntie Lynn

Paul Ogata
January 2nd, 2006, 12:15 PM
* Times Café in Kailua -- Their fried rice is BDFM! (brok da freekin mout)

* Like Like Drive Inn -- Breakfast 24 hours a day, Loco Moco worth bloodshed and fried rice served higher than Diamond Head.

* Koa Pancake House -- Vinha D'Alos (am I spelling that right?) is da bomb!

And of course, if in L.A., you must hit Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles!

Shan-n
January 2nd, 2006, 01:13 PM
Cinnamon's in Kailua is so delicious! Nice atmosphere and inexpensive. Plus they have da best pancakes!

zztype
January 2nd, 2006, 01:18 PM
Koa Pancake House, any branch! The BEST!

tutusue
January 2nd, 2006, 01:40 PM
Koa Pancake House, any branch! The BEST!
Wish there was one in Waianae. We need more options out there. Of course, it would help if the local residents were in a position to support more restaurants.

Vale46
January 2nd, 2006, 02:31 PM
Wow! Thats a great list of suggestions! :) Have to say that I agree on a lot that were mentioned and I look forward to try the many ono places that I haven't been to yet.
Kind of a monthly outing thing that my friends and I do when we go riding around the island. We always try to start off with a good breakfast at somewhere new or different.
All very good suggestions! Thanks a bunch everybody! :D

stumphurple
January 2nd, 2006, 09:50 PM
how did NOBODY mention


ZIPPY'S!!!


the antidote to hunger

Menehune Man
January 2nd, 2006, 10:06 PM
Cinnamon's in Kailua is so delicious! Nice atmosphere and inexpensive. Plus they have da best pancakes!

I'm in there often with my mom. If you see a "Local" Haole guy and a sweet little grey haired lady, stop by and say... Menehune Man? ;)

P.S. I love it!

alohacandy
January 2nd, 2006, 10:33 PM
I LOVE Koa Pancake House in Kaneohe. :) (Love their chocolate chip pancakes)

Anna Miller's is definitely a great late night (after everything else closes down) place to have breakfast as well.

Vale46
January 3rd, 2006, 12:43 AM
how did NOBODY mention


ZIPPY'S!!!


the antidote to hunger

LOL! :D Really! How could we have forgotten about that!

BTW, alohacandy, is the Kaneohe Koa run by the same people as the other Koa
Pancake houses? I tried the one in Aiea once and wasn't too impressed... :(

scrivener
January 3rd, 2006, 01:45 AM
There's a really good (and inexpensive) place on Sand Island Access Road called (I think) the Lunch Box. Opens at 5:00, I think, and it's good. The girl who works the counter in the early mornings is cute, too. Can't complain about that.

I'm going to second Lynn's suggestions. Pancake House at Dillingham and Waiakamilo is so popular, there's almost always a line outside. BBQ Hut is wonderful, too, for its prices and friendly people; stay away on warm mornings, though -- that place can be an oven. It opens super-early, too. I can also vouch for Uptown Cafe and Jane's Fountain -- both very reasonably priced and good food, too.

My project for the next couple of months is to try all those good-looking breakfast places in the Airport Industrial area. I tried on place (the place with no line!) and was really disappointed, but with all those hard-working people in the area, you just know a few of these places has to be good.

Eggs & Things in Waikiki is very, very good, but it's not cheap.

Finally, while it may not be a popular suggestion among this crowd, I have to say that I just love breakfast at Denny's. Steak and eggs with home-fries? Yummo.

LikaNui
January 3rd, 2006, 07:30 AM
Count me as another vote for the Koa Pancake House, and I'll also chip in Brent's Deli in Kailua.

Leo Lakio
January 3rd, 2006, 09:05 AM
Count me as another vote for the Koa Pancake House
Oh, yeah! Last time I was back visiting family in Kane`ohe (their house is my #1 choice, but there isn't room for all of you, sorry...), one of the record company folks I met with suggested we have our "meeting" over breakfast there - memorable! (For all the right reasons.)

Tiabla
January 3rd, 2006, 09:25 AM
Cinnamon's in Kailua is so delicious! Nice atmosphere and inexpensive. Plus they have da best pancakes!

Another vote for Cinnamon's. Their carrot cake pancakes are awesome and I love their skillets, too!

AbsolutChaos
January 4th, 2006, 01:22 PM
I've never been here, but they seem to have an intriguing special:

The Grill at Luana Hills Country Club
770 Auloa Rd, Kailua
262-2139 ext 245
Open to public
from 6:30am

Early Bird Special on Sat & Sun:
$2.99 for 2 pancakes, 2 strips of bacon, and 1 egg

NoCal Boy
January 4th, 2006, 11:03 PM
Anybody out here in the "country" will find it worth their while to look up Rocky's Coffee House in old Waipahu. Awesome banana pancakes and a killer fried rice omelet. A recent renovation has made it much less of a dive than it used to be, but honestly that was part of the charm. We're flying home to the Bay Area tomorrow after a great one month stay at the in-laws and Rocky's will be our farewell breakfast.

Vale46
January 5th, 2006, 12:37 AM
Hmm, both The Grill at Luana Hills in Kailua and Rocky's are new to me. Kind of nice to hear about these little 'secret' spots that still exist. Sounds ono.

Gotta go try'em.:D

BTW, everybody that suggested Cinnamons was right on the mark. Went there for breakfast today and the omelette was awesome. So much stuff on the menu that it'll take many trips back to try'em all(not that I mind :p )
Thanks for the great suggestion!

Sayuri
January 5th, 2006, 06:53 PM
My friend and I was suppose to have breakfast at Big City Diners this morning but unfortunately we got there right when they changed over. I hear that the apple pancakes there are to die for. One of my favorite places to have breakfast is Flamingo's on Kapiolani blvd. The Hawaiian beef stew is yummy, its served only on weekends and they often run out. The japanese breakfast is great too.

pzarquon
January 6th, 2006, 05:38 AM
Another vote for Anna Miller's. Can't say they've got the best "bang for the buck," or even neccessarily the best breakfast, but as a reliable stop for pancakes or eggs? You can count on a good meal there. The best part? The fact that you can get "breakfast" whenever you want.

After I fell in love with Ken's House of Pancakes in Hilo, Anna Miller's became the nearest equivalent in Honolulu to me. Yeah, the lines get long if you try to go at peak times, particularly of course Sunday mornings, but... 2 a.m.? Golden.

As for less-known, sentimental favorites? My dad turned me onto Jack's in Aina Haina Shopping Center. Across from the McDonald's, a few doors down from Chuck E. Cheese's. Very, very small place, limited hours, but it's great eats. The restaurant has a long history and tradition of keeping skilled folks in the kitchen... passed down to folks who know how to make a good biscuit.

Oh... Wailana Coffee House? A place I consistently gravitated toward when I was a troublemaker in Waikiki. We'd end up there after midnight, the servers would be grumpy, and the bread stale, but we went anyway. We stopped going after two friends had their cars broken into there in separate incidents within a couple of months.

AbsolutChaos
January 9th, 2006, 09:18 AM
Here are a few more:

Bogart's
--great list of bagels, omelets, etc in the morning, as well as yummy sandwiches, pizzas, salads, fruit etc at lunch
--gets crowded because it's a popular place
--3045 Monsarrat Avenue
--739-0999

Mi Casa Taqueria
--across the street from Bogart's
--Mexican place that now serves what I presume are Mexican-style breakfasts
--haven't had their breakfast items but their regular menu is great

Boston's Waffle Shoppe
--"Manoa's Sweet Spot for Weekend Brunch"
--Extended hours/expanded menu
--8am to 12:30pm
--2740 E. Manoa Rd
--358-7189

LikaNui
January 9th, 2006, 10:12 AM
I don't think anyone mentioned "Boots & Kimo's" in Kailua, so I hope it's still open. Their banana pancakes with macadamia nut sauce are exceptional! The rest of the menu is ho-hum, though.

Shan-n
January 9th, 2006, 10:41 AM
I'm in there often with my mom. If you see a "Local" Haole guy and a sweet little grey haired lady, stop by and say... Menehune Man? ;)

P.S. I love it!

Shucks, I should have read the message board sooner.... I was just at Cinnamon's on Saturday morning. Were you there Menehune Man?? I had the S.A.N.D.!!! YUUUMMMMYYYY!! I'll be on the lookout for you next time...

Shan-n
January 9th, 2006, 10:43 AM
BTW, everybody that suggested Cinnamons was right on the mark. Went there for breakfast today and the omelette was awesome. So much stuff on the menu that it'll take many trips back to try'em all(not that I mind :p )
Thanks for the great suggestion!

Glad to hear you enjoyed it!!

alohacandy
January 9th, 2006, 10:51 PM
LOL! :D Really! How could we have forgotten about that!

BTW, alohacandy, is the Kaneohe Koa run by the same people as the other Koa
Pancake houses? I tried the one in Aiea once and wasn't too impressed... :(


I'm not sure if they are owned/run by the same people.

Oh yes...forgot bout Jack's in Aina Haina Shopping Center....good, reasonably priced, fast service, large servings.

AbsolutChaos
January 10th, 2006, 06:48 AM
Here are a few more:
Mi Casa Taqueria
--across the street from Bogart's
--Mexican place that now serves what I presume are Mexican-style breakfasts
--haven't had their breakfast items but their regular menu is great


Just an update on this particular one--they only serve breakfast on Sat and Sun.

AbsolutChaos
January 31st, 2006, 08:38 AM
Mi Casa Taqueria
--across the street from Bogart's
--Mexican place that now serves what I presume are Mexican-style breakfasts
--haven't had their breakfast items but their regular menu is great



If you have a bigger appetite, this place is for you! Mexican-inspired dishes, large portions (ya get your money's worth!), lots of eggs.

AbsolutChaos
February 7th, 2006, 10:54 PM
Another coupla restaurants I forgot about:

1. Longhi's in Ala Moana Center serves breakfast
--Mon thru Fri, 8am to 10:45am
--Sat and Sun, 7:30am to 10:45am
--947-9899

I've not eaten there myself, but friends told me it's pretty good.

2. Pagoda Restaurant
--www.pagodahotel.com
--"Breakfast special for $4.95: two pancakes, two scrambled eggs, and two link sausages. It's always a "good morning" when you start off your day with this hearty island breakfast in a beautilful garden setting."
--Mon thru Fri, 6:30am to 11am

I've not eaten here either.

Pomai
February 23rd, 2008, 08:44 AM
Check out Zippy's new Breakfast Wrap.

Just $2.75 gets you in on a soft tortilla, rolled with with eggs, ham, Portuguese sausage, Swiss and Cheddar cheese. Simple, yet so ono! great price-to-portion ratio too, considering it's from what we affectionately call, "Jippo's". lol

Zippy's classic breakfast sandwich, made with a Portuguese Sweet Bread roll, Portuguese sausage, eggs and Cheddar is also a winnah too.

shaveice
February 23rd, 2008, 09:48 PM
my vote goes to cafe kaila in the market city:

http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/2588/104/

http://www.midweek.com/content/zones...make_and_more/

http://starbulletin.com/2007/12/09/features/eater.html

they serve breakfast (and lunch) dishes till 5 pm :) just right for people like me who like to eat breakfast stuff after 10 am.

cynsaligia
February 24th, 2008, 08:21 AM
eric and i would also suggest the very humble, hole-in-the-wall kalihi eatery, ray's cafe. five words: steak. crab legs. lobster omelet.

but they also have cheap deals on (insert your choice of breakfast meat here--i recommend longanisa if you've never tried it) plus eggs any style, rice and toast.

here's the review from onokinegrindz.com (http://onokinegrindz.typepad.com/ono_kine_grindz/2005/07/rays_cafe.html).

here's a review from the advertiser (http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/May/07/en/en26a.html)(scroll to bottom)

reviews from yelp.com (http://www.yelp.com/biz/rays-cafe-honolulu).

StinkyTheGrump
March 14th, 2008, 10:43 AM
Another coupla restaurants I forgot about:

1. Longhi's in Ala Moana Center serves breakfast
--Mon thru Fri, 8am to 10:45am
--Sat and Sun, 7:30am to 10:45am
--947-9899

I've not eaten there myself, but friends told me it's pretty good.

Been to Longhi's brunch, actually pretty good but I think it is overpriced.
I'll throw my hat in to three different restaurants mentioned -
Anna Miller's is good for three reasons -
1. Consistency, you can expect to get pretty good food quickly and for a decent price every time.
2. Breakfast all day, I've actually never eaten breakfast in the morning here - only at night.
3. Generally quick service, I've never had to wait longer that 10/15 min for a seat. Once you order the food seems to come out really fast.

Koa Pancake house is awesome for a big ol' greasy omelet with a lot of cheese and bacon and the pancakes are decent.

The Original Pancake House on Kapiolani has great omelets. I dunno what they put in their egg mixture but it is unique and very good. I suggest the potagee sausage omelet :D

tutusue
March 14th, 2008, 11:34 AM
ISO...the breakfast place mentioned in another thread (can't find which one) by either AC, Cyn or Lei Liko, iirc. I recall it being in Waikiki, possibly in the general area mauka of Tony Roma's and the OP mentioned she had breakfast there with her boyfriend! And, that the food was really good.

I knew I shoulda copied and pasted that restaurant's name into iCal right then and there. Bad tutu. Bad, bad tutu! :o

glossyp
March 14th, 2008, 11:42 AM
ISO...the breakfast place mentioned in another thread (can't find which one) by either AC, Cyn or Lei Liko, iirc. I recall it being in Waikiki, possibly in the general area mauka of Tony Roma's and the OP mentioned she had breakfast there with her boyfriend! And, that the food was really good.

I knew I shoulda copied and pasted that restaurant's name into iCal right then and there. Bad tutu. Bad, bad tutu! :o

I think you mean The Cream Pot in the Hawaiian Monarch.

tutusue
March 14th, 2008, 04:33 PM
I think you mean The Cream Pot in the Hawaiian Monarch.
Aha! That's it! Thanks glossyp. That enabled me to find the original post by AC (http://www.hawaiithreads.com/showpost.php?p=186434&postcount=71), which wasn't all that long ago!

helen
June 11th, 2008, 10:21 PM
Pagoda Floating Restaurant. The breakfast buffet goes for $10 Monday thru Saturday with a short time in the morning for Sunday.

There is also a Sunday brunch that runs slighter later and more pricey like around $20 or so but there are more choices.

T. M. Kawika
June 12th, 2008, 04:00 AM
Hannara in Waianae. :)

tutusue
June 12th, 2008, 09:14 AM
Hannara in Waianae. :)
There aren't too many other choices! :D Egads...I still miss EJ's.

almond mocha
June 30th, 2008, 11:21 PM
Big City Diner! The pancake sandwich comes with two bacon, two sausage, two eggs and two pancakes. One of the best pancakes I've eaten too. (Denny's pancakes = yuck). I order a side of hashbrowns and its like breakfast for two. We skip lunch when we have breakfast there. Too full!

cynsaligia
July 1st, 2008, 05:10 AM
my vote goes to cafe kaila in the market city:

http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/2588/104/

http://www.midweek.com/content/zones...make_and_more/

http://starbulletin.com/2007/12/09/features/eater.html

they serve breakfast (and lunch) dishes till 5 pm :) just right for people like me who like to eat breakfast stuff after 10 am.


thanks for this post, shaveice. we'll try them in the morning, before i go on my passport hunting adventure.

eric and i also like the following for breakfast, but they're all great for lunch, too:

andy's sandwiches (http://hawaiithreads.com/showpost.php?p=194281&postcount=566) in manoa (spinach, bacon, & cheese omelet, whole wheat banana pancakes, papaya-acai shakes. need i say more?)

bogart's (http://hawaiithreads.com/showpost.php?p=191520&postcount=558) on monsarrat (absolutchaos mentioned this one earlier. i'll add these notes: their breakfast bagel is the bomb, as is their italian omelet. coffee is very good, too. the service might be slow, but the beachy college chicks who work there are quite the lookers.)

fritz's bakery (http://hawaiithreads.com/showpost.php?p=192970&postcount=10) on dillingham (bread that's better than great harvest's, awesome crepes, and my second favorite corned beef hash)

grand cafe (http://www.grandcafeandbakery.com/breakfast.htm) on pauahi street downtown (they have my favorite corned beef hash on the island, plus bananas foster french toast, and griddle cakes. you can top off your breakfast debauchery with their bread pudding or their chocolate cake (http://hawaiithreads.com/showpost.php?p=167869&postcount=31), which are both divine)

wailana cafe (http://onokinegrindz.typepad.com/ono_kine_grindz/2005/01/wailana_coffee_.html) across from the hilton hawaiian village (they have all-you-can-eat pancake special w/choice of meat and eggs; they're one of the view places in honolulu that serve ish on a shingle; try their belgian waffles and their eggs benedict. mmm!...and all in the classic diner setting as only waikiki could provide.)

i almost forgot to mention mix cafe. if this thread (http://hawaiithreads.com/showthread.php?t=13723) on HT doesn't convince you to go, then nadine kam's review (http://starbulletin.com/2007/11/04/features/eater.html) and this one from the weekly (http://honoluluweekly.com/restaurants/2007/10/mix-it-up/) will. i will attest that bruno's omelet is the bomb, best enjoyed with an acai smoothie.

kunfunnit! :mad: now i'm hungry! *tummy growls* :o

lavagal
July 1st, 2008, 07:50 AM
Gee, Cyn, you must have some breakfast-brunch budget, Kiddo!

cynsaligia
July 1st, 2008, 01:06 PM
Gee, Cyn, you must have some breakfast-brunch budget, Kiddo!

i wish i did! we don't have much opportunity to go out to dinner anymore, what with our schedules, so for the last six months or so, eric and i treat ourselves to breakfast out. for the record, all the places i named are places we've gone to over the last five years.

Fritz
July 30th, 2008, 11:41 PM
I go to Seafood Legends or is it Legends Seafood in the Chinese Cultural Center at Beretania and Maunakea once a week on my day off for breakfast. I have heard other people say they have the best dim sum in town and I have never found better. (Is there a dim sum thread?) Being a late sleeper on my days off makes this convenient as they open at 10:30 on weekdays.

After eating, the wife and I hit the Chinatown markets for produce, baked goods (Royal Kitchen) and maybe a little Chinese medicine.

bf334
July 31st, 2008, 05:11 AM
Here's a place I bet alot of people don't think about for breakfast....Elena's Filipino Foods in Waipahu. Probably the best tasting pancakes bar none. Longonisa and eggs...yum, and we go to the fried rice omelets. You can have them with plain breakfast meats fried rice inside or stuffed with pork adobo fried rice. They used to have it with giusantes fried rice and/or dinaguan fried rice, not sure if they still make those.:D

Kaukura
July 31st, 2008, 11:15 AM
grand cafe (http://www.grandcafeandbakery.com/breakfast.htm) on pauahi street downtown (they have my favorite corned beef hash on the island, plus bananas foster french toast, and griddle cakes. you can top off your breakfast debauchery with their bread pudding or their chocolate cake (http://hawaiithreads.com/showpost.php?p=167869&postcount=31), which are both divine)



I was trying to figure out the name of this place. I passed it on foot a few months ago while on my way to Maunakea Mktplace. It looked really cool, Europeanish, and tucked away, but right in the middle of a busy area. So glad you mentioned it. Will have to go in soon.

Coty
August 3rd, 2008, 12:22 PM
Well, I just have to add the Tasty Crust located in Wailuku, Maui to this list! I absolutely loved their banana pancakes and the linguesa! Here's a link to a review (http://www.cotygonzales.com/2008/08/01/tasty-crust/) that I wrote for my site! Check it out to see some pics of what we ordered!