When I announced that I had planned another trip to Oahu back in January, James asked if I would take a picture of my breakfast at Cinnamon’s Restaurant in Kailua. Well, I’m happy to report that I can fulfill that request with the photo on the right. James said that, Cinnamon’s is the “[b]est breakfast / brunch, ever. No argument is possible.” After James’ prompting and reviewing the menu, I knew I had to give it a try.
After a sunrise hike on Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, we headed to try Cinnamon’s. It was on a Wednesday morning and we arrived at 9:30am to find that the place was packed. Cinnamon’s is kind of off the beaten tourist path, so we knew we’d found a great restaurant that’s popular with the local residents.
We were able to get seated fairly quickly though making our selections from the menu didn’t come as quickly. I mean, have you seen this menu? How can you choose from all the tempting options? Actually, we had so much trouble deciding what to order that Andy and I ordered four plates! (Hey, cut us some slack, we had just hiked on empty!) I had the Hawaiian Omelette with kalua pork, onions, diced tomatoes and “bits of lau lau ingredients (pork, luau leaves, butterfish)” with a side of hashbrowns. Andy had the Kalua Pork Eggs Benedict with a side of hashbrowns. We were intrigued with the unique pancakes offered at Cinnamon’s. We had trouble deciding between the Guava Chiffon pancakes and the Carrot pancakes. Have you ever seen guava or carrot pancakes on a menu? We hadn’t. Our helpful server said that she could split a stack of two for of each type pancake. Yay! That solved our morning dilemma!
Everything we ordered was fantastic and we would definitely eat there again. We ate our savory items first and then shared the pancakes as a dessert. Both pancakes were delicious. The guava pancakes had a delicate flavor with guava syrup and whipped cream served on top. The carrot pancakes tasted much like a carrot cake as it had pineapple, raisins, and carrots cooked in the batter and they were served with a cream cheese-like thick syrup. (Click this link to see a photo of the aftermath of this breakfast. Can you tell that we liked everything?)
We think the trip to Cinnamon’s Restaurant was well worth the trip. It was our best breakfast on Oahu. Thank you, James, for the recommendation!
What to know when you go:
- Cinnamon’s is open for every day for breakfast from 7am to 2pm. Lunch is served from 11am to 2pm Monday through Saturday.
- As, you can see the prices from the online menu, it’s not the greatest bargain with omelette’s priced at $11.79, for example, but you will pay less than having breakfast in one of the resort restaurants. Also, in my opinion, the quality of the food here is worth the price.
- Cinnamon’s address is 315 Uluniu Street in the heart of the town Kailua. (See this Google Map with the address noted.) Note that the restaurant is in a building with other business. We did have a little trouble finding it and finding parking. Most likely you will have to pay for parking. We parked in a metered parking deck off Aulike Street.
- The restaurant offers indoor and covered courtyard seating.
Have you been to Cinnamon’s Restaurant in Kailua? Did you like it? What dishes would you recommend?