So I’ve really wanted to jump in and do restaurant reviews here. I’ve been hesitant for two reasons. 1) The only place I typically go to is Cafe Aroma in Idyllwild, and you all KNOW how I feel about that place! and 2) I have mixed feelings about giving bad reviews.
The truth is also that I don’t eat out much because its just challenging staying gluten free while eating out. This is especially true when traveling outside of Southern California. With that said, I love eating out when its a really great experience, the food is amazing, I can find choices that will be good for my body and you can tell with every forkful of your food that the chef absolutely LOVES what she/he does for a living. What this translates to is well made, delicious food, that is both well done and creative. If I or anyone is going to spend hard earned money on eating out, then it should be a complete experience… one that facilitates eating culinary delights while having a connected social experience in a welcoming environment.
This is really near impossible to find, sadly. And yes. I have super high standards. In no way does this mean that I only advocate for 5 star restaurants. I have had amazing food at hole in the wall ‘ma and pa’ establishments. But these places oozed love for their food. You just feel it. This is what we should all be holding out for.
During the first 2 weeks of our stay here in Hawaii, we will be moving from place to place and from Oahu to Maui. There are loads of family gatherings and events, and many of which have and will take place in restaurants. So far I have managed fairly well with the exception of a pie crust, but thats another post altogether!
While in Waikiki, Jon and I did some online searches for breakfast places we could go to. We had a long day ahead of us and this was likely to be our only meal until super late that night. The snacks and food I had packed with me from California was long gone and it was time to venture out. After looking through several reviews of the closest places to us, we settled on Eggs N Things.
This place is a typical beach town breakfast cafe. They are always fun to go to and have that beach vibe that just seems to make you feel good. This particular place is known for its big crowds and long waits, and most seem ok with that. We certainly didn’t mind. They serve typical breakfast fare: eggs in all forms, pancakes, french toast, pastries, cereal… I was able to find myself something to eat with no problem. However, if you are a vegan, you choices are restricted to just fruit if I’m not mistaken.
Jon and I had an omelet each, and both were super bland, flat and the egg had a strange texture to it. The salsa that they serve with everything, was excellent though. It was unlike any salsa I had ever had, and it really made the omelet decent. But the rest was disappointing. There was a pair of women that sat next to us who ordered the fruit bowl and that did look lovely, but generally, I can’t eat fruit first thing in the morning.
So, if you’re in Waikiki and want a really good breakfast, I would suggest you look elsewhere. Waikiki is filled with endless options, and because of our very short stay there, we weren’t able to explore any more. If you are familiar with the city and know of any really high quality places to eat, please share with us all! It would be great to collect some suggestions here.