Deciding whether or not you want to venture into Waikiki for a dining experience can be a real struggle — unless you’re visiting and your hotel is steps away from anywhere you might want to go. Locals have parking to think about.
One morning my friend Adrienne and I were feeling adventurous, so we passed on some of our normal brunch spots closer to home and decided to make a break for Goofy Cafe & Dine in Waikiki. Yelp said street parking was our only option — but being the savvy women that we are, we decided to try our luck at the public parking for Bowls (a surf spot) near the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.
There are also areas here where you can pay to park. Just pay at one of the nearby machines (cash or credit) and place the ticket on your dashboard.
We showed up on a Friday morning and waited for about 15 minutes. I’m not sure how busy it gets on the weekend, but there are shops you can explore while you wait. I actually found this great dress at an aloha wear shop next door — you’d be surprised at the gems you’ll find in there! If you like to hunt for unique clothes, I’d definitely recommend stopping by.
Goofy Cafe describes themselves as an “anytime, surfer’s cafe,” and the decor shows it. It’s like having breakfast in a charming little beach shack — right on an airy lanai facing Waikiki. This is another cafe in my brunch series that prides themselves on serving healthy, natural foods using local ingredients with some Japanese influence.
While they serve breakfast all day, you can choose from some pretty unique lunch dishes from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Check out the menu for yourself! (A little pricey in my opinion, but you’ve gotta remember that you’re in Waikiki.)
I’m not the biggest fan of Eggs Benedict, but let me tell you — Adrienne made the right choice. She ordered the Kalua Pig Eggs Benedict ($14) on a taro muffin (you choose either taro or wheat), topped with homemade hollandaise sauce (made with lilikoi butter), and a poached local farm egg.
Each Eggs Benedict choice is served with Okinawan purple potatoes and fresh kale. Aside from Kalua Pig, there’s your choice of Shinsato pork belly, salmon and spinach, or vegetable (avocado, tomato, and asparagus).
They also have other classic breakfast dishes like omelettes, and even acai bowls if you’re just looking for a fresh, post-beach snack. But if you’re feeling really hungry, you could always try to tackle their Big Island Beef Loco Moco ($14).
I couldn’t pass up the sweetest thing on the menu — and that was the Big Island Honey French Toast ($13) — the Dark Chocolate Lava variety. Topped with bananas and drizzled with a heaping helping of Hawaiian chocolate sauce, this is a breakfast for those with an insatiable sweet tooth.
You can also choose the Very Mix Berry (strawberry, blueberry, banana), Hawaiian’s (pineapple, papaya, banana), or Cinnamon Lover, which isn’t just a sprinkle of cinnamon — it’s topped with cinnamon flavored pineapple!
Something I’m looking forward to trying the next time I stop by is their fresh juice or homemade smoothies. This is also another place that’s jumping on the mason jar band wagon, so if you’re looking for a cute Instagram photo-op, you know what to order!