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Best Breakfast Spots on Oahu

Updated on April 18, 2012

What better way to start your day than with a delicious, satisfying breakfast?

Across Oahu you'll find many spots where you can dine on light, fluffy pancakes, scrumptious waffles, or filling omelettes.

Whether you're heading to Honolulu, leeward Oahu, windward Oahu, or even to the North Shore, step into one of these restaurants that are known for their breakfasts to start (or end) your day off right.

Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen's Kimo's Famous Macadamia Nut Sauce on His Onolicious Pancakes
Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen's Kimo's Famous Macadamia Nut Sauce on His Onolicious Pancakes | Source

Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen

Locals from all around the island travel to the windward side of Oahu to wait in line for breakfast at Boots & Kimo's.

What's the draw?

Could it be one of the over dozen omelettes made with 3 1/2 eggs, such as the popular Fried Rice Omelette or the Maui Wowie Omelette?

Or could it be the Eggs Benedict?

Or maybe it's the Hawaiian Style Pulehu Ribs (yes, ribs for breakfast!).

The answer could easily be "yes" to all of the above, but the biggest draw to Boots & Kimo's is the pancakes.

More specifically, the pancakes with Kimo's special Macadamia Nut Sauce.

Whether you order the banana pancakes, macadamia nut pancakes, or a regular short stack of pancakes, getting them topped with Macadamia Nut Sauce is a must (if you're unsure you'll like the sauce, you can always order it on the side).

Pancakes are smothered in a silky, smooth, buttery sauce and topped with a sprinkling of crushed macadamia nuts.

Island flavors and influences are abundant in Boots & Kimo's homestyle dishes, and patrons get a taste of aloha with each bite.

Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen: 151 Hekili Street Kailua, HI 96734, 808-263-7929

The Original Pancake House Dutch Baby
The Original Pancake House Dutch Baby | Source

The Original Pancake House

With two locations on Oahu, The Original Pancake House offers not only their signature pancakes, but also waffles, crepes, omelettes, and everything else you'd expect from a busy breakfast spot.

The Original Pancake House's pancakes - voted some of the best on the island - are light and fluffy, and can be ordered with a variety of ingredients mixed in, such as blueberries, bacon, or pecans.

Two of their specialties include the Apple Pancake - an oven baked pancaked topped with Granny Smith apples and a sweet cinnamon glaze, and the Dutch Baby - an airy, oven-baked treat that's served with lemon, whipped butter, and powdered sugar.

If ordering either the Apple Pancake or Dutch Baby, be prepared to wait about 20-25 minutes (you can call ahead to order), but it's well worth the wait.

Omelettes are another popular item. Choose from such mouth-watering varieties such as the Potato Omelette, served with a sour cream sauce on the side, or the Garden Special, perfect for the veggie lovers out there.

If you order an omelette, get it with a side of pancakes, because they really are that good.

The Original Pancake House: Click here for locations on Oahu.

Anna Miller's Restaurant Chili Loco Moco
Anna Miller's Restaurant Chili Loco Moco | Source

Anna Miller's Restaurant

The recipient of numerous "Best Breakfast" awards, Anna Miller's offers typical breakfast fare such as omelettes, pancakes, waffles, and french toast in addition to heartier fare, such as breakfast plates that come with New York Steak, Pork Chops, Chicken Fried Steak, or Scottish Bangers, all which come with two eggs, toast, and rice, hash browns, or corn bread.

Benedict Breakfasts (served only 6am-3pm), Breakfast Scrambles, and the local favorite Loco Moco (Chili Loco Moco also available) are other popular options.

Open 24-hours a day, customers can dine on breakfast any time of the day or night at Anna Miller's.

Anna Miller's Restaurant: 98-115 Kaonohi St, Aiea, HI 96701; 808-487-2421

Kono's Banana Macadamia Nut Waffle
Kono's Banana Macadamia Nut Waffle | Source


Kono's in Haleiwa is frequented by surfers, tourists, and locals alike, and they're known for their famous Breakfast Burritos.

Named after popular surf spots on the North Shore, such as Sunset and Pipeline, each gigantic burrito is stuffed with potato or rice, scrambled eggs, and cheese, in addition to your choice of ingredients such as bacon, Portuguese sausage, or roasted veggies.

If you relish spicy foods, ask for Tapatio hot sauce inside your burrito for a bit of a kick.

Other specialities include their Banana Macadamia Nut Waffle and Breakfast Bagels.

If you simply feel like bacon and eggs, they have that too.

Kono's is a great spot to grab breakfast before or after hitting the waves.

Kono's: 66-250 Kamehameha Highway, #6110, Haleiwa, HI 96712; 808-637-9211

Cafe Kaila Belgian Malted Waffle with Strawberries
Cafe Kaila Belgian Malted Waffle with Strawberries | Source

Cafe Kaila

Whether you're craving something sweet or savory for breakfast, Cafe Kaila has something on the menu to satisfy your taste buds.

Amongst the many items on their menu, you can choose the popular Belgian Malted Waffle topped with bananas, blueberries, apples, or strawberries, or the Italian Omelette, full of veggies, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese.

The combo plate is sure to satisfy any appetite - two pancakes or French toast with eggs and a choice of meat.

Or perhaps something a little lighter, but still satisfying, such as the Granola Parfait, is more to your liking.

Cafe Kaila strives to use fresh and organic ingredients whenever possible, making their offerings even more attractive for breakfast-goers.

Open until 3pm daily, there are lunch items available beginning at 11am, but breakfast is served all day.

Cafe Kaila: 2919 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96826; 808-732-3330

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Breakfast Spots on Oahu

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A markerAnna Miller's Restaurant -
98 Kaonohi St, Aiea, HI 96701, USA
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B markerCafe Kaila -
2919 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA
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C markerKono's -
66 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
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D markerBoots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen -
151 Hekili St, Kailua, HI 96734, USA
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E markerThe Original Pancake House -
1414 Dillingham Blvd, Waiakamilo Shopping Plaza Shopping Center, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
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F markerThe Original Pancake House -
1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
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    • jaydawg808 profile image

      jaydawg808 4 years ago

      How can you omit Cinnamon's?

    • DCabbie profile image

      Darlene Cabugos 4 years ago from Southern California

      Awesome...I can't wait to try these spots.

    • molometer profile image

      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting and useful guide to the best breakfast spots on Oahu. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Felina Margetty profile image

      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I am going to have a holiday in Hawaii just so I can go through your list. Well written and fun hub Thanks F.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a useful hub! Now I am craving pancakes...

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am so hungry for pancakes now! They all look so delish and so tempting. I would love to visit these places, you are so blessed to have them right there.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      TY Bob! Some people find it hard to get a good breakfast when visiting Oahu, but you just have to know where to look! =)

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      Bob Zermop 5 years ago from California, USA

      Awesome guide, pictures are great!