Honolulu, HI

Here is a List of Some of the Restaurants with Breakfast and Comfort Foods on the Island

Don S

I have less than three weeks left before I move to a neighboring island. I’ve spent 36 years in Honolulu. After I left home for college, I never left. But with a job transfer, I’ll be selling my apartment in my condominium building and moving. I plan to visit and eat at as many eateries and diners as possible during my last few weeks here. The first stop was Koa Pancake House. I visited the restaurant during spring vacation. Here is a list of eateries I’d like to try before I move.

1. Eggs ‘n Things

The restaurant is within walking distance from my apartment. I’ve heard about this place but never eaten there. I’ll make time for breakfast or lunch between cleaning and preparing my apartment for sale sometime this week. The restaurant is adjacent to the Ala Moana Shopping Center on Piikoi Street.

2. Big City Diner

I ate at Big City Diner once many years ago but never had their breakfast. I always hear and see their advertisements but never bother to drop by for breakfast. Their breakfast menu looks like they have good comfort food. The prices look like they are comparable to many of the eateries around the island.

There are five locations on Oahu.

  • Waipio Shopping Center
  • Pearl Ridge East
  • Windward Mall
  • Kailua Town Center
  • Kaimuki

3. Harry’s Cafe

I’ve heard of Harry’s Cafe but have never been there. It’s close to where I live. I called to find out their hours of operation, and they close at 1:00 pm on the day I called. The information on Yelp needs to be updated. I’ll try and visit the restaurant before I leave the islands.

4. Pancakes & Waffles in Kalihi

Another place I’ve heard about but never been there is the Pancakes & Waffles in Kalihi. I called to find out their hours of operation, and they open daily from 6:30 am - 2:00 pm. I’ll head over there sometime later in the week.

Their website says there are two locations - Kalihi and Waimalu. If you’re in the area and you like pancakes and waffles, visit their restaurant today.

5. The Original Pancake House

Another place I’ve heard of but never visited is The Original Pancake House at the Waiakamilo Shopping Center on Dillingham Blvd. Their website list two locations, but I thought I heard the restaurant on Kapiolani Blvd closed its doors. But I did call the Dillingham Blvd restaurant, and they are open for business.

Food Trucks

Other eateries I like to try are the many food trucks around the island. Finding the food trucks is a little more difficult. The last food truck I visited was Lee’s Lunch Wagon in Waipio. That visit was by chance because I was in the area and saw they were open with no one waiting in line.

I’ve been driving around town looking for food trucks, lunch wagons and found some. I searched online and found a listing on Yelp for lunch wagons near Ward Avenue. For a complete list, visit the Food Trucks on the Island link on Yelp.


With three weeks left on the island, I realized there were many eateries and food trucks I had never tried because I was too busy or took it for granted. While searching for good comfort food, I found several restaurants I heard through word of mouth. If you’ve never been to these restaurants, stop by today.

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