Cinnamon’s has been our favorite place to get breakfast before kayaking in Kailua for a couple of years, so when we heard they were going to be opening up a second location in Waikiki, we were thrilled. Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai is still partially under construction, but their outdoor seating is open, and they’re serving a limited menu until their official opening next month. We’re not very patient, though. We’ve already been to their new location twice.
On our first visit, I tried the guava chiffon pancakes. The red velvet pancakes aren’t available yet, but these were just as awesome. Their light, fluffy, buttermilk pancakes get topped with a thick layer of sweet guava chiffon. It’s heavenly.
Of course, a place called Cinnamon’s has to have cinnamon rolls. I highly recommend starting out your breakfast with one of these. Apparently, you have to specify that you don’t want the one with mac nuts, not the other way around, even though they’re listed separately on the menu. The cinnamon rolls are buttery and tender, but the mac nut filling sort of ruined the experience for me.
For our second visit, I ordered the Eggs Benedict with breakfast tots. My egg was perfectly cooked, and they didn’t skimp on the hollondaise sauce. It was delicious. The tots were also very crispy. They were a nice change to the usual hash browns or fried potatoes.
Geoff ordered the breakfast nachos both times. Tortilla chips get topped with scrambled eggs, cheese, salsa, olives, green onions and bacon crumbles. It also comes with a side of sour cream. In all his loquaciousness he said, “It was good.” Hashtag: Face palm. He ordered it twice. That should tell you something.
There’s a beautiful view of the Waikiki Yacht Harbor which is most enjoyable on a stormy Saturday. The service is friendly, but some of the staff is still in training. I’m sure it will become more consistent after their official opening. Still, the food came out promptly, and the experience on a whole was relaxing. We were pleasantly surprised by the size of our bill as well. The prices are very reasonable, even for Waikiki.
Definitely check out Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai. It’s awesome.