Woke up at noon. Went to beach alone. Loving it.
Location: Ala Moana Beach Park
So Michelle and I had a chance to check out Koa Pancake House. They seem to be popping up everywhere on Oahu nowadays. The first Koa’s opened up in Kaneohe in 1987, and then in 2004 two more locations popped up in Wahiawa and Aiea. More recently, locations opened in Waipahu and Salt Lake.
It’s not like I haven’t been to one of these before, I have eaten at Koa’s at least twice! Once in Wahiawa and once at the Salt Lake location. But having never blogged about Koa’s, I thought this was a good opportunity to talk about it since it was fresh in my mind and stomach.
This most recent trip to Koa’s saw me indulge in an ono (great tasting, for the non local folk) omelette filled with bacon, spinach and cheese with fried potatoes on the side. I originally had ordered pancakes on the side (omelette’s at Koa’s come with your choce of side, either the namesake pancakes, rice, or fried potatoes) but I did a switch-a-roo at the least minute. Michelle decided to indulge a bit and went for something a little sweeter. She had the crepe suzettes, filled with fresh strawberries and bananas.Â
I am a big omelette fan and I was not disappointed with this Koa branded omelette. The serving size was perfect. Often times, omelettes are either too humungous or too small, the Koa omelette was just right for my tummy. I’m not so big on the starch, so I had a few of those cute fried potatoes coupled them with some ketchup and they were the perfect side for my omelette. My dish felt very homemade (which is a good thing), right down to the paper plate it was served in.Â
While I gobbled up my omelette, Michelle had the daunting task of finishing three very plump crepes! I think she enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed my omelette as she complimented on the freshness of the fruit filled crepe. It may have been a bit much for her small stature as we left Koa’s with an extra crepe in hand!Â
Service at Koa’s was just OK. I prefer the service at the Wahiawa location, the “older” ladies that take the orders there make the experience that much more “local” authentic. The Waipahu location was flooded with young, filipino waitresses – who didn’t seem very happy with doing their job. I think they need to borrow the chapter on how to be happy that all Jamba Juice workers read before starting work! Breakfast is all about fun eating, girls!
The line was non-existent when we arrived. This was most likely due to timing, we decided on a late breakfast, 12:30 pm! If you go during the morning rush hours, between 8 and 11, you will surely be in a line leading out of the front door. If you plan to visit Koa’s during traditional breakfast times, be prepared to wait and drool as you are left to wait in line and watch as other early birds gobble down their meals!Â
Koa Pancake House (Waipahu)
94-050 Farrington HWY#C1-2
Waipahu, HI 96797
OtherÂ Locations: Kaneohe, Aiea, Salt Lake
If you live in Hawaii then you basically know that there are three shave ice spots that matter, Aoki’s, Matsumoto’s and Waiola’s. Both Aoki’s and Matsumoto’s are located in Haleiwa, in fact they are just a couple of feet from one another. Between Aoki’s and Matsumoto’s, I have to say that I prefer the taste of Matsumoto’s over Aoki’s any day.Â
So given my preference for Matsumoto’s. I was perturbed when a friend had said that Waiola’s was superiorÂ to Matsumoto’s shave ice. I was skeptical. Although having heard of Waiola’s on many a occasion, I myself had never tasted their shave ice. You can’t blame me, I live on the west side of the island. And when you want shave ice, you always head to the north shore. The question begged, how could anything be better than Matsumoto’s? Impossible. I had to check out this Waiola’s.Â
On a rather impromptu occasion, I paid a visited to Waiola’s shave ice on Kapahulu Avenue. Already, I began anticipating the disappointment ahead. Alas, after searching for parking, I finally made it to Waiola’s. Would Waiola’s reign supreme over Matsumoto’s gold standard? Turns out, my prediction had come true. Total disappointment! And so I present to you 9 reasons why Matsumoto’s not only dominates over Waiola’s in terms of taste but in every other aspect as well.Â
So that’s it. In head-to-head competition (or should I say ice-to-ice), Matsumoto’s shave ice is the better shave ice. It simply can’t be beat. Bee’s don’t lie.Â
Matsumoto Shave Ice
66-087 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice II
525 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815