Cinnamon’s Restaurant puts a unique twist on pancakes. Serving more than just an original short stack, the eatery entices hungry customers with pancakes inspired by actual cakes, like red velvet, carrot and guava chiffon. And ever since putting the two together, these menu items have been literally selling like hot cakes!
Cinnamon’s has been part of the Kailua community for more than 25 years. The local business prides itself on a baked-from-scratch menu unlike any other restaurant in town. I like that there’s something on the menu for any day’s craving. Of course, pancakes are a must, but there are also local favorites, like loco mocos and fried rice, and ones with a local twist, like French toast with fresh-baked Hawaiian sweetbread.
If you’re lucky, they’ll be serving lilikoi pancakes – a specialty item that only comes around a few times a year, depending on the season. The mothers were surely in luck this past Sunday because lilikoi pancakes made the Mother’s Day menu. We ordered a few short stacks for the table to share. Definitely my new favorite, but it’s still a toss up between that and the red velvet.
Although Cinnamon’s is about a 30-minute drive from Waikiki, it’s no surprise to see tourists eating at this restaurant. It’s best to make reservations, though, because it can get pretty crowded, especially on weekends.
CINNAMON’S RESTAURANT• 315 Uluniu St., Kailua, HI 96734 • Opens Mon-Sun 7am-2pm • www.cinnamonsrestaurant.com • 808-261-8724