If you live in a city and are spending the season on the North Shore, you may find a need for quick hops into town to shake off the Island Fever. A quick overnight in Waikiki fits the bill perfectly. There’s a lot of food that tastes good in such a tourist mecca, but if you’re looking for something more thoughtful, or healthy, here are our picks for breakfast, lunch and dinner:
BREAKFAST // HEAVENLY
At it’s best, breakfast is composed of fresh local ingredients combined in a way that is energizing, inspiring, and delicious. Heavenly has mastered that recipe. “Using ingredients nurtured by the blessed weather and lands of Hawaii. Selecting organic vegetables and meats whenever possible. Serving local seafood only while fresh. Proposing an island life style that satisfies the body and soul.”
Tucked behind the Shoreline Hotel on Seaside Avenue, Heavenly’s industrial surf interior flows into an umbrella-covered outdoor patio that’s perfect for people watching while you enjoy local coffee and await your meal. Service was prompt and the staff was friendly. The menu was full of interesting organic options and I would definitely come back for lunch or dinner.
Wanting a bit of everything, I chose a the ‘morning veggie’ breakfast comprised of a fresh squeezed carrot, mango, and orange juice, kale salad with a papaya seed dressing, an acai bowl with fruit, and Ube (purple yam) and taro muffins. Couldn’t have made a better choice.
HEAVENLY Island Life Style
342 Seaside Ave Honolulu HI, 96815
LUNCH // TUCKER & BEVVY
Since our planned outing was a walk up to Diamond Head, we decided to pack a lunch in hopes of finding the perfect spot for an al fresco meal. With a motto of ‘Life’s a Picnic’, Tucker and Bevvy seemed the obvious choice.
Packed full of grab and go goodies, we had the option of fresh juices, soba bowls, salads, poke, fruits and sandwiches to tuck in our bag. They also made a variety of panini and had an enviable selection of baked goods. We were totally set for the adventure ahead of us.
2586 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu Hawaii, 96815
DINNER // MAHINA & SUNS
After a day’s hike cocktails and pupus were definitely on the menu. Fortunatey, our hotel, The Surfjack, has one of the best restaurants in town. Helmed by four-time James Beard Award nominee, Ed Kinney. The focus here is “local first, organic whenever possible, with Aloha always”. The menu changes with availability, and, as the only restaurant on O‘ahu certified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, it only offers sustainably caught or farmed fish.
We saw a whole snapper delivered to the next table and knew that would be our main course. Locally known as ‘opokapaka’, the fish was served family-style along with roasted root vegetables with inamona (chopped kukui nut relish); buttered ‘ulu (breadfruit) with chili pepper water aioli; pickles; rice and fried boiled peanuts. Amazing.
412 Lewers St Honolulu HI 96815
BONUS BREAKFAST // BAREFOOT BEACH CAFE
As a little bonus, on our walk to Diamond Head, we passed by this charming little spot on the water and were able to go back for breakfast before heading back to Hale’iwa. The menu highlights local favorites; shrimp, pork sausages, ham & rice are paired with eggs in various combinations. They have a nice selection of smoothies and great coffee. But really, this stop is all about the view.
2699 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu HI 96815