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March 7, 2011

Hula Grill Proves to be an Early Morning Gem

Paniolo Omelet: avocado, ham, tomato, poblano pepper, jack cheese with chipotle salsa

Early birds searching for their most important meal of the day may want to hit up the Hula Grill in Waikiki.

Strolling down the streets of Waikiki, it is easy to become distracted by the great people-watching and miss certain shops or restaurants. Hula Grill is easy to find, situated up a flight of stairs in the back of the Outrigger Waikiki, but also easy to pass right by when distracted by the diversity of tourists. Keep your eyes peeled for the sign though; a 91% recommendation rating on TripAdvisor proves this is a restaurant worth checking out.

Our party of three had no problem being seated in under five minutes; a nice and welcomed change from the 20 minute wait times of other popular, safe and familiar mainland restaurant chains. The waiter was very pleasant and energetic, especially for the time of day that we came in, just before 7 in the morning.

This restaurant really boasts a fantastic location. The ocean-front view was excellent: turquoise water surrounding surfers, colorful beach towels and big sun umbrellas lined up on the shining white sands, the sunbathers not yet overcooked by the sun’s rays.

Instead of the typical stale syrup smell that plagues most breakfast joints, the open-air dining room allowed fresh, salty morning air to flow through.

Unfortunately, food with a beautiful view is often accompanied by a not-so-beautiful price tag. Not true in the case of Hula Grill. The breakfast menu prices range from a modest $3.50 to $11.75.

The menu wasn’t extensive – just two pages – but a wide variety of choices means there will be something to please exceedingly picky taste buds. Carb-lover who just can’t fuel up without carbs in the morning? Try the traditional buttermilk pancakes or, to truly play up the Hawaiian atmosphere, banana and mac nut pancakes. Protein-fiend? A variety of omelets can satiate the most carnivorous of cravings.

Oatmeal topped with fresh mango.
Th
e oatmeal had a fantastic texture, unlike instant oatmeal that turns to mush in your mouth.

North Shore Veggie Omelet: tomato, spinach, mushroom, zucchini, Maui onion – Couldn’t wait to dig in, the omelet had already been sliced in half by the time I got around to taking a photo of it.

The coffee was hot and fresh, the omelets, accompanied by a choice of  homestyle potatoes or rice and toast, had the perfect amount of gooey melty cheese oozing out, and the veggies inside were grilled to perfection. Combined with the fast and chipper service, reasonable prices and ease of location, what more could be asked for in a breakfast?

The Hula Grill is open Monday through Saturday 6:30am  to 10:45am for Breakfast, Sunday 9am to 2pm for Brunch, and daily 4:45pm – 10pm for dinner. Reservations can be booked over the phone or on their website.


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