Restaurant Guide: 25 Reasons to Eat Breakfast
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Cafe Des Amis
There is no food more versatile than a crepe. Loaded with meat, cheese and veggies, it’s fit to fill the belly of the biggest wave rider. Dusted in sugar, it’s the perfect keiki finger food. At Cafe Des Amis, they have all the bases covered—from protein-stuffed to smothered in strawberries and whipped cream. Don’t miss the lime and Maui sugar cane crepe ($3.95). The tangy lime is a great pick-me-up, while crunchy sugar crystals and velvety crepe satisfy the carb-craving sweet tooth in all of us. Breakfast served 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., or until they “run out of eggs,” daily. 42 Baldwin Ave., Paia, (808) 579-6323.
Maui folks love their dry-min for breakfast and there is no better place for it than Sam Sato’s, a Mom-and-Pop that’s been serving food for generations. Sam Sato’s always serves dry-min ($4.95 for a small) in a bowl rather than a plate, filled to the brim with chewy, perfectly cooked saimin noodles topped with bean sprouts, green onions and a generous portion of char sui you will later dream about. The broth is served in a small bowl on the side for dipping bites or slowly sipping at the end of the meal. Local faves can be added ala cart for a breakfast that will hold you to dinner. Breakfast served 7 to 11 a.m. daily except Mondays, dry-min served until 2:30 p.m. 1750 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku, (808) 244-7124.
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Kula Sandalwood Cafe
Sweeping views of the entire island and a homemade hollandaise sauce that you’ll trade your firstborn for in exchange for the recipe come to mind when thinking about Kula Sandalwood Café, perched way above sea-level on Mount Haleakala. But the real gem in this family-run establishment is the order of hotcakes ($6.95). Golden brown and seemingly stacked to the ceiling, surrounded by fresh Kula strawberries and Maui apple bananas, the cakes appear innocent enough for the first few bites of fluffy goodness, but will stick to your ribs like a hot bowl of oatmeal. Breakfast served 7 to 11 a.m. daily. 15427 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, (808) 878-3523.
Whether you are hiking around in search of petroglyphs, paying homage at the Garden of the Gods, swimming with pods of dolphins at sunrise or taking aim with a shotgun on your shoulder while clay shooting, Lanai is a place where a hearty breakfast is more than a luxury; it’s a necessity. At The Terrace, inside the Lodge at Koele, try the Hawaiian Paniolo Ranchero ($20). You’ll get two Island eggs over-easy, smoky kālua pork fried rice, Portuguese sausage and ranchero sauce to fuel your adventures. Breakfast served 7 to 11 a.m. in the lobby level of the Lodge of Koele , 1 Keomoku Hwy, Lanai City, (808) 565-4000.