Wailana Coffee House
Looking for some late night eats? Well, I often get hungry in the middle of the night and don't feel like cooking, but I can't normally think of a place that's open. And unlike other cities, like Las Vegas, Los Angeles or New York City, where you can easily find a decent 24-hour restaurant or coffeeshop, Hawaii is somewhat limited in it's late night dining options. This past weekend, I developed a craving for pancakes at midnight. I tried Liliha Bakery, but the wait was too long. Instead, I went to Wailana Coffee House.
This place has been around for as long as I can remember, and I used to be a regular here in the mid-80s. The restaurant is spacious and reminds me of any number of coffee shops or diners that I have eaten in, or will eat in, at some point in my life.
Since I was craving pancakes, I decided on having the jamboree breakfast (US$5.45). This includes two eggs cooked to your liking, two slices of bacon, all-you-can-eat pancakes and a bottomless cup of coffee. Isn't that a bargain?
The first serving of three pancakes arrives. I add just a little butter and top them with some boysenberry syrup. The pancakes are light and fluffy and just a bit crispy around the edges. Just the way I like it.
I ordered my two eggs scrambled and instead of bacon...you guessed it! Spam®! For some reason, I've been craving Spam® lately. I can go for months without eating it, then suddenly, I'll have to eat it. In just a matter of days, I've already managed to fit this into my diet twice. Besides, Spam® is considered standard breakfast fare for us here in Hawaii. We eat Spam® as often as those in the states eat bacon, which is why I asked for the substitution. Besides, breakfast would be incomplete without it.
This is better than your average breakfast, especially since you get as many delicious pancakes as you can wolf down. So I normally try to come here when I'm hungry. You can eat and eat until your heart's content. Wailana Coffee House serves more than just breakfast fare though. They have a full menu, including some delicious fried chicken, burgers and omelettes. And the best part about it all, is that I can have my breakfast any time of day that I choose.
Wailana Coffee House
1860 Ala Moana Boulevard