We stopped here after our sunrise photoshoot from the Lanikai Pillbox. We actually stopped at Cinnamon's in Kailua hoping to pick up some takeout since the wait for a table is CRAZY on the weekends. We were disappointed to find out Cinnamon's doesn't do takeout orders on weekends or holidays.
So, off we went to Times Coffee Shop on Hamakua (note, Big City Diner had a waiting line too). We had heard great things about Times Coffee Shop, but perhaps it was better in the past. The service was fabulous we must say. The waiters and waitresses are all local and very welcoming/accommodating. I asked for sugar free syrup and they were genuinely sorry they didn't have it.
The food however, wasn't too great. We ordered 2 dishes - buttermilk pancakes short stack and the eggs with potatoes. The pancakes were $6.25, good sized but the bottom pancake was a bit overdone, one corner tasted burnt and the rest was just dry and kinda hard. The top pancake was halfway over cooked. The top part of the pancake was fabulous - light and fluffy like a buttermilk pancake should be but the bottom was overdone and a bit hard. I ended up cutting the bottom of the pancake off. We also ordered the eggs with homefried potatoes for $4.95 or so. The eggs were fine....scrambled eggs. The potatoes would have been good but they tasted soapy. We were starving so my boyfriend ate it anyway. They bring your toast out EARLY. The nice thing about that is, they forgot they gave us the toast, so we got a second order with our breakfast! The toast was great.
If you're thinking about trying this place, it is a hole in the wall. It does look old, but everything was clean. We love hole in the wall places - the food a lot of times is great and affordable.
We probably won't be stopping here again.
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