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Restaurant Guide: 25 Reasons to Eat Breakfast


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Reason No. 1: A perfect day on Oahu starts with the Surf and Turf eggs Benedict from Plumeria Beach House, at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. That’s beef tenderloin, tucked under crab meat and poached eggs. 5000 Kahala Ave., 739-8760. (For lunch and dinner, see Four Perfect Days.)

Put down that boring box of bran, because we have found the most delicious, wake-me-up and go-go breakfasts available from Island restaurants. Whether you are a syrup-dipping waffle lover or want a savory, protein-packed treat, it’s all here. And don’t worry; if you can’t get out of bed in the morning, there are plenty of places where you can order breakfast all day long.


Photos: Sheila Sarhangi

Cafe Kaila

“I have a passion for cooking; that’s what sparked me to do this,” says Chrissie Castillo, who opened Café Kaila (her middle name) in October of 2007. “I tested my favorite recipes with my roommates, friends and family and what they liked made the menu.” The approved items included waffles, omelets, breakfast wraps, French toast, bagel sandwiches and Castillo’s made-from-scratch “light and fluffy, but not too sweet” pancakes in banana, blueberry, strawberry and caramelized apple. Get there early, as lines are often out the door. But then again, take your time. Breakfast is served all day. 2919 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 219, (808) 732-3330.

Bogart's Cafe

Tied one on last night? Bogart's Cafe has steak and eggs to make you feel better.

This may be a surprise to some loyal patrons, but Bogart’s Café wasn’t always a restaurant. In fact, it was an ice cream and shave ice parlor. In 2000, Maria Barnette bought the store and converted it into a breakfast place, keeping the name, which was in honor of the previous owner’s Labrador. It’s safe to say that almost every item on the menu is what you’re hoping for. Key dishes, however, include the breakfast bagel, vegetarian omelet, Hawaiian waffle (topped with seasonal fruit and a homemade haupia sauce) and the large-portion, rib-eye steak and eggs, an item popular among hangover sufferers. 3045 Monsarrat Ave., Suite 3, 739-0999.

Mix Cafe

The little-known trick to Mix Café is to order your waffle after the downtown eatery’s breakfast hours. Sure, you risk the chance that the batter will run out, leaving you waffle-less, but you have a higher chance that the friendly staff will dump all the leftover berries onto your freshly made Belgian delicacy ($6). Sweet, savory and (if you play your cards right) filled to the brim with seasonal fruits, Mix’s notepad-size waffle is the perfect late-morning fix. Not in the mood for waffles? Check out the café’s yogurt, cups of fruit, muffins and fresh daily assortment of baked goods. Breakfast served Monday through Friday, 7 to 9:30 a.m.  1025 Alakea St., 532-4540.

Lox of Bagels

Sure, you can get all kinds of bagels at Lox of Bagels, but try something new and order bagel puffs. They look like a giant donut hole, basically, but are made of bagel dough and stuffed with yummy options like cream cheese, peanut butter, chocolate or an paste with sesame seeds. They are 89 cents for a cream cheese; $1.29 for the other varieties. Open Mon. to Fri., 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sun. 111 Sand Island Access Road, 845-2855.

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