Restaurant Guide: 25 Reasons to Eat Breakfast
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The Cream Pot
The Cream Pot, which opened in February 2008, can’t be in Waikiki (even though it is.) Instead, it looks like the shabby-chic cottage of a well-to-do French countrywoman—lace curtains, dried flowers, brass kitchen utensils on the wall. Owner Nathan Tran’s motto is: “When cooking, little things make a difference.” Like his décor, his dishes aim for detail. The salmon eggs Benedict is made with a lighter mornaise sauce, not heavy hollandaise; Belgian waffles are made with yeast, not baking powder (sans chalky texture); and the burgundy beef stew omelet is cooked in red wine and then reduced for 15 hours. At press time, outdoor seating is also in the works. 444 Niu St., 429-0945.
In May, Town added daily breakfast specials to its tasty, yet limited, morning menu. Why? Sous chef Alika Chung switched from nights to days, and as chef and owner Ed Kenney puts it: “The guy can cook.” Chung’s handful or so of creations can change by the day, but one crave-worthy item is the grilled polenta, made with juicy pancetta, organic kale, a sunny-side-up egg and grated Parmesan. The best part about mornings at Town? Sunlight spills into the dining room, speakers release upbeat music, Illy coffee awaits and free Wi-Fi is available for those (ahem) who need to get some work done. 3435 Waialae Ave., 735-5900.
PHOTO: SHEILA SARHANGI
Diamond Head Cove Health Bar
Virginio “Marcus” Marcos, owner of Diamond Head Cove Health Bar, won’t tell us how many açaí (ah-sigh-ee) bowls he sells in a month. “But,” he says, “it’s a lot!” The purple berry, which is plucked from palm trees in the Brazilian Amazon, is touted as a superfood, packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and dietary fiber. (Oprah even features the fruit on her Web site.) The “Da Cove Bowl,” Marcos’ biggest seller, features frozen açaí blended with apple juice or soy milk, organic crunchy granola, fresh strawberries, local apple bananas and Big Island honey. Tip: Eat quickly; it melts fast. 3045 Monsarrat Ave. Suite 5, 732-8744, www.diamondheadcove.com.
At the entrance to Mac 24/7 is the Mac Daddy Hall of Fame. Getting your photo on the wall of pancake fame seems easy enough; simply finish your plate. But just how big are the Mac Daddy Pancakes ($15)? About the size of three large pizzas—each one-inch thick—stacked with your choice of bananas, chocolate and walnuts or pineapple, coconut and macadamia nuts. The result: too much food even for four hungry co-workers and a newfound respect for the two Mac Daddys. The best way to tackle the beast? Skip the edges and go straight for the chocolatey center. The restaurant is open and serves breakfast 24 hours a day, seven days a week; just ask for the breakfast menu. Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel lobby level, 2500 Kūhiō Ave., 921-5564.