Our trip report
Our annual visit to Oahu/Windward sure was hot and muggy. Except for some welcome rain, it was 88/89 every single day of our trip. We spent a lot of time in the water. These are some of the new places we tried this trip.
Dean’s Drive Inn, Kaneohe: Thanks to some mentions here, we got to enjoy some wonderfully unique and delicious versions of plate lunch. The 3 piece rack of lamb was juicy, tender and amazing. I even enjoyed their version of mac salad. My wife enjoyed her ginger chicken. We enjoyed the meal so much, we had to go back again. This time the wife had the ahi cake and beef teriyaki. The beef was especially juicy and tender, and I’m not really a fan of beef teriyaki because it’s often so mediocre. I found the ahi cake good, but not spectacular. My ahi belly with ginger was just okay, the fish being overcooked and the ginger didn’t wow me. I do recommend the brownie/short cake.
Although we often get coco puffs and cream puffs from Liliha Bakery, this was the first time I had breakfast there, enjoying the loco moco with the butter roll and a coco puff for dessert. A classic loco moco, maybe the best I’ve had.
KJ Grindz in Kaneohe serves up a pretty nice boneless furikake fried chicken.
Kamehameha Bakery: Really delicious poi donuts. It doesn’t matter whether or not you like poi, the donuts are really moist and firm. They are also opening up a second location near Young’s Fish Market.
Pancakes & Waffles have a better chicken and waffle combo than LA’s Roscoe’s or Pann’s. Very large crisp chicken pieces.
Yoonysoon, also in Kaneohe is a very underrated Korean plate lunch, as good as any I’ve had in Honolulu. The kalbi and chicken combo was delicious, as was the Korean beef sandwich.
Young’s Fish market has a very good Hawaiian style plate lunch with lau lau and poi.
Teddy’s in Kailua is still a favorite burger for me, classic fast food and good crisp French fries.
Leonards with their long lines has a much more efficient system in place to take orders and deliver the goods. If you see a long line out the doors, it’s not as bad as it looks, and the malasadas are still made fresh.
St. Germain’s Bakery in Ala Moana serves up my favorite bread for toast, the Excel. I always go there to pick up a loaf or two. This time they offered up a special Danish bread which I bought on a whim. It was even more delicious than the Excel, buttery and light. Toasted with butter and jam, it was almost like a Danish pastry.
Koa House for breakfast as good as it gets. Their pecan pancakes are light and fluffy; They also have macadamia nut pancakes as well with a choice of maple, coconut and orange marmalade syrups. You can also get kalbi with your eggs.
We always enjoy the Windward Mall Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons, buying local jams and syrups, along with papaya and local vegetables.