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Review: The Nook Neighborhood Bistro

Asian Pear Grilled Cheese

Asian Pear Grilled Cheese ($9). Sharp cheddar, Asian pear, and caramelized onions on ciabatta.

Do you guys have a favorite food? It’s hard for a lot of people to choose, but for me it’s always been simple: Grilled cheese sandwiches.

This is when Jake looks at me sideways, disapprovingly because I could make that at home — so why order it at a restaurant? (He should know I actually can’t since I never have bread because it’s so expensive!) I like them because you can go as simple as cheese on bread, or as complicated as double stacked, filled with bacon, or in this case — Asian pear?

Yeah, you heard me. Pear! It sounds weird, but trust me, it’s the perfect brunch sandwich because it’s got that sweet factor. I’d put it in the same vein as a monte cristo.

Inside the Nook Neighborhood Bistro

Inside the Nook Neighborhood Bistro

Daily muffins and scones.

Daily muffins and scones.

Anyway, I’m continuing my brunch series with this cafe on University Avenue in Manoa that just opened in June.

After looking through Yelp’s hot new businesses, Jake and I decided we wanted to try the Nook Neighborhood Bistro — or the Nook. If you’re at all familiar with the area, it’s really tucked away inside Puck’s Alley, in what I would describe as a literal nook. Be sure to go as a pair if you want to be seated as quickly as possible.

If you’re a student at the university just up the street, this may become your new favorite casual breakfast spot. And boys, if you bring a girl here she’ll love you — believe me, breakfast and cute little muffins? Major points.

A trend in new brunch spots that I’m noticing is the sustainability factor. The Nook, like Koko Head Cafe, uses fresh, local ingredients — their eggs, milk, produce, and meat are all from Hawaii farmers.

Mochiko chicken and waffles.

Mochiko chicken and waffles ($12.50)

Like you saw, I got the Asian Pear Grilled Cheese, while this is what Jake got — some classic man food — a big pile of chicken and waffles, but with a slight twist: That’s mochiko chicken versus the average fried variety.

It’s also a lot easier to eat because they bring your waffle cut up into fourths instead of handing you a heaping pile of chicken on top of your waffle. (How will you ever get to it?!)

If you’re interested, they also have their special muffins and scones of the day — so be sure to ask your server! I’m personally looking forward to trying the mochi waffles next time.

I’ve got more brunch spots to share with you, so watch for more posts! In the meanwhile, I’d love to hear some of your favorite morning haunts, so sound off in the comments!


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