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The best way to start your day on Oahu is with a good breakfast.
Here are three of my favorite breakfast spots on Oahu that offer delicious dishes, great coffee — because that's important — and the kind of ambiance that makes you want to linger a little longer:
• Sweet E's Cafe (Kilohana Square, 1016 Kapahulu Ave., 808-737-7771) is a quaint little breakfast and brunch spot just outside of Waikiki. Its menu features signature items such as banana and blueberry pancakes, French toast stuffed with blueberries and cream cheese, and kalua pig eggs benedict (shown). Breakfast and lunch is served until 3 p.m. daily. Parking is a bit tight. Service is stellar.
• Moena Cafe (Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, 808-888-7716) — pronounced "mow-eh-nah" — opened last year by husband-and-wife restauranteurs Eric and Nicole Chang in Hawaii Kai. This charming little eatery tucked away in an open shopping complex en route to Hanauma Bay features menu items like fried rice, eggs benedict, sweet bread French toast and Belgian waffles. But worth trying are its more signature items like the short rib loco moco (a local dish with meat and white rice topped with a fried egg and ladles of brown gravy), the cinnamon roll pancakes, and the homemade scones. Moena Cafe has lunch items, too, including sandwiches, salads and burgers. Lots of parking. Great service.
• Cinnamon's Restaurant (Kailua Square, 315 Uluniu St., 808-261-8724) is a popular breakfast spot on Oahu's Windward side with classic morning items like omelets and pancakes. But it also serves up specialities like crabcake eggs benedict, open-face frittata, red velvet pancakes and homemade cinnamon rolls. Consider Cinnamon's if you're heading to Kailua Beach or the North Shore. Huge menu, lots of parking, great service.