While vacationing in Hawaii we never fully adjusted to the 6-hour time difference. Because of that, we started our days around 4AM and by the time our bodies told us that it was lunch time, the clock told us that it was still breakfast time. Jasper was deep into his first nap of the day and fearing that our grumbling tummies would wake him, we started searching for a place to grab some take-out. Breakfast food was pretty much all that was available at that time of day, but we weren’t complaining. Breakfast food is delicious for any meal.
Ideally, we wanted a local place that was within walking distance of our hotel. Seaside Bar and Grill delivered both of those things. We looked up some reviews and found mixed opinions ranging from “not worth it” to “best breakfast on the island”. Online reviews have a tendency to be bipolar so we figured if anything we’d get some food in our bellies and may even end up with some fantastic food. Because there is no official menu available online, Matt visited the restaurant and sent me photos of the menu on his cell phone so I could choose what I wanted. Whatever gets the job done, yes?
Like many small mom and pop restaurants, the exterior is nothing impressive, but that never scares us away. Sometimes the very best chow can be found in the most unassuming locations. Matt went out alone to pick up our order and returned with a bag full of grub. Moving as quietly as possible, we opened up the squeaky styrofoam containers and dug into our breakfast-lunch while the baby snoozed away on the bed.
I ordered the Coconut Delight breakfast which included pancakes topped with coconut shreds and coconut syrup, bacon, home fries, and two eggs cooked any style (I ordered them over medium). The pancakes were amazing. Everyone has their own opinion about what constitutes a good pancake. I like mine fluffy and cake-like, not too chewy. These pancakes delivered on all points and the coconut syrup was sheer perfection. The bacon was tasty (though it could have been a touch crispier) and the eggs had a perfect over-medium center (though the outside was a bit too browned for my tastes). The home fries, unfortunately, were chalky and lacking in flavor.
Matt ordered the Kuhio Breakfast Platter. It included 4 pieces of French toast (2 pieces of bread cut into 4 triangles) with syrup, 2 eggs cooked any style, 2 sausage links, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 small pieces of Portuguese sausage, and home fries. He also ordered his eggs over-medium and they were cooked much better than mine were with a softer exterior and perfect over-medium center. He thought the French toast was nothing special – not bad, but nothing noteworthy. The Portuguese sausage had great flavor and he enjoyed the sausage and bacon, though he agreed with me that the bacon could have been more crisp. He shared my sentiment about the home fries.
Overall, Seaside Bar & Grill is a good place to get a fast, filling, reasonably-priced breakfast right in the middle of Waikiki. Our advice? Go for the pancakes with coconut syrup and take a pass on the home fries. Or give one of their many breakfast burritos a try and then come back here and tell me how it was, because I saw those on the menu and I’m really curious!
Seaside Bar and Grill – view Facebook page
Address: 2256 Kuhio Ave Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: (808) 922-8227
Hours: 6:30AM – 9:30PM 7 days a week
We have no affiliation with Seaside Bar and Grill.