From past blog posts, it’s no secret that Kailua town is one of my favorite places. So when Hawaii’s version of “winter” lets up and the rain clouds blow away, giving you a picture-perfect glimpse of what the summer sun was like, you take the opportunity and go to the beach.
That’s what Jake and I decided to do after we woke up on this lazy Sunday. But first we made a quick call to one of the best restaurants in Kailua — Cinnamon’s.
The woman on the other end of the phone told us there was a 30-minute wait for two, which is pretty good for this popular breakfast or brunch spot. Once we got there we waited about 45 minutes. Bigger parties usually have an hour wait or longer, so it’s best to try this place early — the earlier the better.
The best thing about waiting: they have free water and coffee you can help yourself to while you wait.
You have the choice of sitting inside or outside, and I always prefer sitting inside because the place has such a cozy atmosphere. In the back of the restaurant there’s even a little gazebo you can dine in — but with such a wait ahead of you, unless you specifically ask for a table there it’s the luck of the draw.
When you eat at Cinnamon’s, something you have to do is try their red velvet pancakes. It is one of the only times you will have a legitimate excuse to eat dessert for breakfast — without any guilt. You can even substitute your buttermilk pancakes that may come with a dish you’ve chosen for an extra $2.25. Sounds steep, but believe me, these heavenly cakes are worth it.
You have this option if you order any omelettes — whether it’s one of their signature choices, or one with three toppings of your choice. I filled mine with bacon, jalapenos, and jack cheese — and it was amazing. Their omelettes are always so big and fat, and full of goodness.
Jake got the Kalua Pig Eggs Benedict with a side of hash browns. If you’re new to the islands or just visiting, Kalua pig is something you’re going to get to know pretty well if you dine out at some of the more popular local-style restaurants.
I’m never disappointed with the service, food, or atmosphere at Cinnamon’s. Or even the prices, as they’re pretty fair. About $30 for two total, before tip. It was the perfect way to start a Sunday in Kailua, before enjoying the beautiful sun out in Lanikai.
What’s your favorite breakfast spot?