(Not a sponsored post)
We went back to Waikiki for another holiday. The last time was three years ago and Miss turned 12 while we were there, she was just 15 on this trip. Both times we had excellent holidays. This time was particularly a memory maker.
I am going to write mainly about food and how we ended up in a few places. We have decided if we ever go back, we will do far more the of the lest touristy restaurants and a lot more hole in the wall joints. I am sure we will be back in a few years to shop, swim and go on more amazing adventures.
One of the best things to happen to Oahu is Open Table.
If the restaurant of your choice isn’t on Open Table check their website for a reservations tab. There are a lot of people every single night heading off to dinner. Many have to queue and wait for a while at bars or on the street. If you have a booking, you just walk on in and often get a great table. It really worked for us.
I am going to tell you about a few of the restaurants we went to and I will do another post about what to get up to.
Wailana Coffee House
Love this place. You simply have to go at least once. It is the full diner experience and you most certainly can’t book. You have to wait. My pancakes were the best pancakes I think I have ever had and the coconut syrup is pure Hawaii. They are open 24 hours so there is no excuse not to go.
Insane portions. I am not kidding when I say us three adults could have easily shared one small stack portion, two huge pancakes. I opted for the current special, Apple Pie. It was lovely and I think I seriously only got a 1/3 of the way through. They have a pancake challenge, have a look on their website. We saw the challenge pancakes go out and they were absolutely huge and we were left pondering how on earth you would actually manage to finish them? There is a honours board up on the wall and some of the times are mind-blowing.
Barefoot Beach Cafe
This place is a lovely walk along the waterfront and a great spot. The menu has a good mix of things. I had the Acai Bowl and loved it. It had lots of honey and plenty of fresh fruit. Mr ate Spam for breakfast here and I even tried a bit, too salty for me. Miss had a great French Toast which I just had to help her finish.
They have a fantastic breakfast buffet and it is well worth a visit. Booked this one too and got a great table right by the waterfront and it was lovely. I would definitely go back to this buffet for the fruit, cinnamon French toast, and the pancakes. Loved it and the huge vat of coconut syrup kept me happy.
The Main Players
Book this one for sure. This is your put on your new glad rags and head out for a casual fancy dinner. We went twice and booked both times. The first time we were on the 1st floor and the second time we made it to the roof. Both times there were people waiting for tables who looked none too pleased with our sauntering in and taking a seat. The food here is good, say yes to the bread with the fancy butter. The service and food here were impeccable, we were seriously impressed. Even the burger was pretty damn fancy. I loved the fish tacos. The first time you go, have the full-size desserts. I could tell you not too but you know it will happen. That is another photo I want to see!
Flour and Barley
Great pizza and a fab HAPPY HOUR. We went here on our first night and the wings, cheap beer and Big Apple Pizza went down very well. I mustn’t forget the garlic bread that tasted like old school Pizza Hutt in a good way. We also went to the late happy hour and were equally as happy. There is a great table right by the pizza oven, makes for great viewing.
Maui Brewing Company
I do love a beer and they have plenty of choices here, I really liked the Big Swell IPA. They also had a great breakfast menu and lunch/dinner. The breakfast menu has some great alternatives to the obvious and I loved the avo on toast with the sriracha salt. Top tip, as you look at the building go to the left and take the escalator. The other side involves lots of steps, maybe you do want to walk up that side for a bit of a walk? In the evening this place was buzzing. One evening we were having a post-dinner drink in the open when the heavens opened, it was fun and the staff coped really well moving the drinks, tables and keeping an eye on their customers.
You can’t go to Waikiki without a trip to the Yard House. We went for dinner early one evening and had to wait a bit for a table. There were 5 of us, it was a Friday and RIMCAP was on. Even early it was busy and we had to wait outside with the UFO buzzer. If you like beer you are in for a bit of reading, they ain’t joking when they say the beer menu is huge. I had the Belching Beaver Seasonal, how could you not with a name like that? Their house IPA is decent too. The one food item I went to Waikiki for was the onion ring tower they do here. It is seriously impressive. We also enjoyed the boneless wings, even if there was celery on the plate. I would like it noted that the celery did not get touched by anyone. The food here is bar food but good bar food.
An interesting spot on a rooftop. You take a lift up and arrive on the lovely rooftop. The food here varies between the authentic kind of Mexican and Tex Mex. We found that the price on the menu didn’t reflect the size of the portion. The tacos were small but priced similarly to the burrito that was huge. It is worth a trip for something different and I really enjoyed the Mole Enchilada as it had a spicy kick. The service was quick and the staff efficient. Finish your meal with a churro, just don’t order one each. The chocolate in the glass is unbelievably good. I want to see your churro pics, please?
Hula Dog Hawaii
This is a little food truck and you have to find it. It will be our first stop next time. I can’t put my finger on exactly why but I loved my Island style Hula Dog. I think it was the Guava Mustard. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to check where they are.
Leonard’s Bakery Hot Malasadas
Mmmmmmm you can’t go wrong with doughnuts. We went to the shop and ate them piping hot and the food truck which is in the bottom carpark of the WaikeleOutlet Mall. They cook to order and if you go to the shop, be prepared to queue and the wait is worth it. I liked the macadamia nut one best.
Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack
For my birthday we did a private tour with Kevin from Escape Waikiki, I am going to do a whole post one day devoted to the man and his tour. On our tour we went to Ono’s and it was fab. It is one of those places that you would never go to unless told or taken. I have one warning, the garlic fries are very very very garlicky. You have been warmed. I had more fish tacos and loved them.