Forget about breakfast in bed. What about breakfast on the beach? Just a few steps from Waikiki Beach, Queen’s Surf Cafe and Lanai let’s customers indulge in a savory meal to help kick start the day. Add to that, a cool ocean breeze and the pleasant ambient sounds of a gentle rippling shore break, and it’s almost too good to fathom.
But fathom this: a cheesy omelette with a chili filling surprise, a loco moco that uses fried rice instead of white and an eggs benedict with a fresh cut of ahi. The eatery managed to put a unique localized twist on typical breakfast entrees with a revamped menu that includes daily specials.
In fact, Queen’s Surf Cafe has also been revamped, outgrowing those days as a rinky concession stand years ago. Now it’s a full-blown outdoor restaurant just a stone’s throw away from Queen’s Beach. It’s located in the outskirts of Waikiki – on the Diamond Head side – which is why it’s not your typical tourist-filled eatery with lines out the door. Queen’s Cafe has plenty of open-air seating and efficient order-at-the-counter service.
But what really sets Queen’s Cafe a part from other eateries is its daily happenings. Every Thursday, local singer and guitarist Art Kalahiki shares Hawaiian melodies, as well as classic rock and soft jazz. Fridays and Saturdays at sunset are reserved for “Beach BBQs” (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.), when the cafe opens up the grill and more live music fills the cool, evening air. Saturday mornings (9 to 10 a.m.) are especially unique for any restaurant. On the ‘Ewa side of the surrounding lawn, the cafe offers a free Zumba class. A great way to burn off the cals even before stuffing your face with breakie.
There’s no way to miss Queen’s Cafe. I discovered it when biking the sand-covered sidewalk that runs parallel to Queen’s Beach. I literally stopped in my tracks because I had no idea it existed. I noticed a lot of tourists walking over from the beach to get a bite to eat, still dripping wet in their swimsuits. Some left with their meals and plopped down in the sand across from the cafe. What a life!
QUEEN’S SURF CAFE & LANAI • 2701 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815 • Opens Mon-Wed 7am-7pm, Thu-Sat 7am-9pm, Sun 7am-8pm