Going out for breakfast feels like pure luxury. You get to relax, possibly eat something that should really be dessert, and just enjoy the rest of your day. There's no pressure, just indulgence. I absolutely love it. That's why I've decided to share one of our favorite breakfast spots with you every month.
We knew right away that our first Sunday Brunch post would have to take you to Duke's. This is my husband's absolute favorite place to go for breakfast, and whenever we have out of town guests, we always take them here as soon as we can. They usually end up visiting at least once more before they head back home.
Duke's is located on the ground floor of the Outrigger Waikiki, and it's actually just downstairs from Hula Grill. Named for the legendary surfer, Duke Kahanamoku, this restaurant has a gorgeous view of Waikiki beach, surf boards and vintage Hawaii photos on the walls, and a cute tiki bar that's extremely popular at night.
Their breakfast though, is a buffet. For $16, you can hang out until 10:30 and just keep eating. This has proved to be a major bonus for some of our friends who can put away more food in one meal than I could eat in an entire day. It also comes with juice and coffee or tea. The buffet features standard breakfast fare, including eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, bagels, pancakes, and French toast. There's also a beautiful fresh fruit and cereal bar. If you like, you can also get an omelette made just for you with whatever you like. I usually opt for the eggs benedict, though.
They also feature a few items that are distinctly Hawaii-inspired. For instance, you can get banana pancakes or pineapple bread pudding. You can top your pancakes with coconut syrup. There's also Portuguese sausage and rice, if that's more your style.
Geoff likes to go in once and overflow his plate with all the savoury stuff, including any pork product he can get his hands on. I have a two plate approach, first savoury, and then sweet. How can a person not eat French toast when it's just staring right at you?
We love the relaxed atmosphere at Duke's, especially when we're preparing for a long day of showing our friends the beauty of our island. If you have a big appetite, it's totally worth the money. I always leave feeling calm, relaxed, and probably just a little bit too full.