Restaurant Guide: 25 Reasons to Eat Breakfast
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Eggs 'n' Things
In March, Eggs ‘n’ Things moved locations, from Kalakaua Avenue to Saratoga Road, to be wheelchair accessible. Another change? The breakfast haven’s late night/early morning hours are a thing of the past. (The restaurant is now open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) “Basically, we weren’t making money at those hours,” says general manager Michael Skedeleski, who adds that they might reinstate them on weekends due to requests from many locals. Some things, however, are the same: servers sport colorful home-sewn aprons, the strawberry whipped pancakes are the most popular item (selling 100 per day), and the fresh ‘ahi and eggs. 343 Saratoga Road, 949-0820.
Koa Pancake House
After tasting numerous breakfast items from the menu, it became clear that the pancakes are indeed what define Koa Pancake House. We recommend the banana pancakes—light, fluffy and perfectly portioned, with slices of banana peeking out the top. And they’re cheap: A short stack of three is $3.50, or fill up on five for $4.50. Other flavors include buttermilk, blueberry, pecan or chocolate. With five locations around the island and breakfast hours that run into the afternoon, there’s no reason to miss breakfast anymore. Daily, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., multiple locations, www.koapancakehouse.net.
With four different preparations and the self-proclaimed title of “World Famous,” it’s easy to be tempted by Longhi’s eggs Benedict ($15). The appeal isn’t just in the fancy variations (Crab Cake Benedict and Lobster Benedict), but in the bread. Longhi’s has nixed the dull English muffin for an inch-thick slice of crispy French baguette. The result: a lightly toasted crust that contrasts with the softness of the poached egg. The hollandaise sauce clings to the edges of the baguette to create a perfect sauce-to-egg ratio with every bite. Fresh-brewed coffee and a view of Ala Moana beach don’t hurt either. Breakfast served Monday through Friday, 8 to 11 a.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ala Moana Center, 947-9899.
PHOTO: COURTESY LONGHI'S
Tango Contemporary Cafe’s Finnish chef Goran Streng is known to add his Nordic flair to local flavors, and his Swedish pancakes are no exception. The dough is a mix of a pancake and a crepe, creating an ideal balance of fluffy and savory. No syrup is necessary for these blini-shaped pancakes. Instead, Tango tops its “Plattar” ($7.75) with a light fruit salad of cantaloupe, melon and strawberries and a side of jam. Not in the mood for sweets? Check out Tango’s Loco Moco Benedict ($9.50): two poached eggs served atop braised beef and a dollop of fried rice. Sounds odd, but it’s delectable. Breakfast served Monday through Friday, 7 to 10 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 to 10:30 a.m. 1288 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 120, 593-7288.
It’s bright and early and you’re in the mood for some breakfast. How about treating your stomach to something a little different? Forget the pancakes, skip the bacon and head over to Kaimuki’s Victoria Inn for a Japanese-style breakfast ($6.50). Served on a compartmentalized tray, the breakfast comes with miso soup, a dish of tsukemono, cold tofu, a choice of mahimahi or salmon, one egg and a bowl of rice. Who said Japanese portions were small? Breakfast served daily from 6 to 10 a.m. 1120 12th Ave., 735-1782.
PHOTO: COURTESY VICTORIA INN