Last night Morning Glass Coffee + Cafe in Manoa hosted a breakfast at night event, featuring spiced banana pancakes, huevos rancheros and a breakfast bruschetta with applewood-smoked bacon and aged Vermont cheddar cheese.
Got me thinking — naturally — about breakfast.
I hear this complaint a lot from friends who want to meet up for breakfast — not brunch — during the week: they can’t find a lot of variety out there.
Sure, there are the 24-hour regulars like Anna Miller’s Restaurant in Pearl City and Zippy’s with locations all over the island. And yeah, there are coffee shops and fast food places that serve breakfast.
But I’m talking major breakfast dishes, more along the lines of meals than just bacon and eggs.
Here are three of my favorite breakfast spots on Oahu that boast delicious dishes, great coffee — because that’s important — and the kind of ambiance that makes you want to linger a little longer:
• Sweet E’s Cafe (Kilohana Square, 1016 Kapahulu Ave., 808-737-7771) is a quaint little breakfast and brunch spot — with its only downfall being parking. Its menu features signature items such as banana and blueberry pancakes, French toast stuffed with blueberries and cream cheese, and kalua pig eggs benedict (shown above). Breakfast and lunch is served until 3 p.m. daily.
• Moena Cafe (Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, 808-888-7716) opened last year by husband-and-wife restauranteurs Eric and Nicole Chang in Hawaii Kai — and it’s been my go-to breakfast spot since. This charming little eatery features items like fried rice, eggs benedict, sweet bread French toast and Belgian waffles. But worth trying are its more signature items like the short rib loco moco, the cinnamon roll pancakes, and the homemade scones. Moena Cafe has lunch items, too, including sandwiches, salads and burgers. Lots of parking is a plus.
• Cinnamon’s Restaurant (Kailua Square, 315 Uluniu St., 808-261-8724) is a popular breakfast spot in Kailua with classic morning items like omelets and pancakes. But it also serves up specialities like crabcake eggs benedict, open-face frittata, red velvet pancakes and homemade cinnamon rolls. Huge menu, so you can keep going back.
So what are your favorite spots?