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Jul 5, 2012 10:49 AM

best breakfast bets - Waikiki

Any recommendations for the best breakfast bets near the Waikiki Marriott on Kalakaua?


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  1. A couple of thoughts:

    Old-school, diner breakfast - Wailana Coffeehouse:

    Upscale - Orchids at the Halekulani

    Sunday brunch - upscale - Orchids at the Halekulani (make reservations as far out, as is possible




    1. Egg's n Things is crazy popular...if you can put up with the lines it is worth it, with one of the 2 locations very close to the Marriott.

      About 8 blocks walk on Kalakaua Ave to Lewers St. is Moose McGillicuddy's which has a pretty good diner-type breakfast, and the 2-for-1 coupon in the free tourist guides makes it probably the best deal in Waikiki.
      Moose's Pub andCafe
      310 Lewers Street

      1. Moose's on Lewers has a 2 for 1 breakfast coupon in one of those 101 things to do in Honolulu in the back of the book and this place delivers a great breakfast.
        Great deal for $10+ for 2 saves more $$ for the happy hour mai tais at Hula Grill and Duke's at the Outrigger.
        Orchids at the Halekulani is lovely but will set you back some $$..

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          I'm getting crazy-excited for our trip to Oahu and Kauai in a month! I haven't been to Oahu in many years, so most of the eating places will be new to me.

          I know this is a bit far from the OP's location, but in my research, I found Diamond Head Market and Grill to have what sounds like a pretty good breakfast menu. (We are staying near there, so it will be convenient for us). Anybody had breakfast or pastries from there? They have Peet's coffee, that sounds promising for their attention to quality.

          We will probably go to Orchids once, too, it just looks too nice to pass up!

          1. re: mwest9

            Aloha mwest!
            I'm excited for you...O'ahu has some of the best food on the planet.
            I would go to HWOK for drinks and apps an hour before sunset to hear the Hawaiian music.
            Happy hour at Rumfire Sheraton, Hula Grill and Duke' $4 mai tais and calamari.
            Roy's Waikiki..not your typical Roy's on the mainland..Diva, the GM has so much aloha and the food is stunning.
            Giovanni's shrimp truck for the killah garlic shrimp with two scoops is da best.
            Hinano's at the ABC store and the $3 fresh pineapple hiking Diamond Head is a must.
            So many wonderful posters on the Hawaii board...including our beloved Hunt from PHX!
            Where are you staying in Kauai?

            Aloha my bruddah..
            ;- )

            1. re: Beach Chick

              I am looking forward to eating on Oahu and I'm pretty familiar with your recs there, Beach Chick! We will be hitting a lot of those, although with only two nights on Oahu, we won't have time for everything. We'll look out for the pineapple stand at Diamondhead and I think we are going to try Azure for dinner, over all the other fine dining options, for a variety of reasons. I do get that Roy's in Hawaii is considered better than on the Mainland, but its hard to get excited about Roy's since we've eaten at the Mainland ones so much.

              In Kauai we are staying in Poipu again, in the Kiahuna Plantation. Looking forward to Josselin's, Red Salt and Merriman's the most.

              Hope you are enjoying Scottsdale.

              But we are getting off topic here, back to breakfast in Waikiki...

              1. re: mwest9

                Aloha and make sure you go to Keoki's Paradise in Poipu for happy hour and the best chicken stir fry that has tons of veggies and good to split..
                Red Salt for breakfast/lunch or dinner...don't forget Hamura Saimin's in Lihue!

                You're staying close to the the zoo in Honolulu?

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Yep, staying at the Aqua Lotus. One of my favorite surf breaks is right out front, perfect for me. And I think its nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the heart of Waikiki, a bit more relaxing over there by the zoo and Kapiolani Park, at least that's how I remember it.

                  1. re: mwest9

                    There is something to be said about staying where you forget Waikiki is a bustling city with lots of traffic and you can get a lot of soot and grime on your balcony.
                    Wasn't that another hotel?
                    I love snorkeling north shore in the summer where its glass.
                    Have a box of Leonard's malasadas for me!

            2. re: mwest9

              They are known for their scones and cakes. The food is good there too, although it is just a takeout counter with a couple of plastic tables to eat at. Pastries are good, although I think their versions aren't as good as the ones at The Alley in Aiea.

              1. re: killersmile

                Thanks, killersmile, it was hard to see on their website if they were a table service or counter service place, good to know. The location is great for our hotel, so we will probably still go there for takeout. I'll report back after our return.

              2. re: mwest9

                Diamond Head Market is pretty awesome. I recently ordered two platters of assorted inari (cone) sushi for a party and they got rave reviews and were polished off before I got to try one. I had a blueberry scone from DHM that was pretty killer as well. All their food looks great.