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Our Favorite Brunch Spots on Oahu

Let’s discuss brunch. Or not. Because there’s really not that much to say about it, except for how awesome it is. To get breakfast & lunch food at the same meal is basically the best thing since sliced bread. What’s that you said? I can have a salad before my waffes? Sign me up.

As I started to write this post, I realized a few of my favorite spots closed and another I won’t recommend because service is that spotty. Forgive the short list, but take heart in the fact I won’t recommend places just to make an extensive list.

  1. Koko Head Cafe • 1145 12th Avenue
, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
    You’ll find me at Koko Head Cafe more than any of the other places listed below. That’s partly because it’s approximately 7 blocks from home… the other reason is because it’s dang delicious. With a daily specials menu, you can always try something new. If there isn’t something vegetarian on the specials menu, I default to the 2 Eggs Plate (and have them substitute the meat for salad or fruit depending on my mood). Kimo’s favorite is definitely the Chicky & Eggs Skillet. However, he’s always left happy with any of the specials he tried. Extras you should order include: coffee (it’s the best), the yuzu muffin and the hashbrown. That hashbrown is life.
  2. Sweet-E’s Cafe • 1006 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
    Do not arrive here hangry. Sweet-E’s does not take reservations. That being said, if you’re feeling utterly decadent order the blueberry cream cheese stuffed french toast. That will definitely guarantee a food coma. I will take full responsibility for that. I usually like to order a custom omelet with a side of potatoes. My friends rave about the eggs benedict. I don’t know if it’s possible to leave here unhappy.
  3. Hoku’s • 5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
    Yessssssssssss. That’s what I have to say about brunch at The Kahala. In true brunch buffet fashion, they really have everything under the sun. I wish I could tell the buffet “challenge accepted” like I could as a teenager. However, I’m happy to settle for pleasantly satisfied and have a little taste of my favorites. Try the “skinny pancakes” (they’re referring to their thickness, not how they will affect our waistlines) and go to town on the strawberry papaya.
  4. Orchids • 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
    I personally haven’t been or Orchids, but I’ve been told by foodie friends that their brunch is the Brunch of all Brunches in Hawaii. Have you been? If so, do you agree? Their buffet is filled Hawaiian, Asian-inspired and traditional American-style breakfast choices. I’m told the omelet bar & carving stations are where it’s at. Plus they have a huge assortment of fresh pastries and desserts. This is definitely on my list to places to eat.

What’s your favorite brunch spot?

ABOUT LAUREN O. VICTORIA