Waking up early in the 96815 has its perks. The sun is just hot enough to softly kiss my skin while casually strolling through uncrowded sidewalks, snapping pics along the way and thinking about where I might enjoy breakfast on yet another lovely Waikiki morning. If you have been reading my blog, you know there are a few places that I enjoy and recommend, but on this morning I was in the mood for one of my original favorites, Hula Grill. Located on the second floor of the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, tables line the lanai, affording a front row seat to the turquoise sea below and Diamond Head off to the east. Waikiki is till waking up and pretty quiet; all you can hear in the open air restaurant is the wind gently rustling through the tall swaying palm trees. We decide to take it slow and enjoy the scene over a Waikiki Wasabi Bloody Mary, Outrigger Mimosa and bottomless cups of coffee. Fully awake and feeling good, I'm having the Hau'ula Tomato Benedict with Macadamia nut pesto while my breakfast date opts for the savory Loco Moco with fried rice. Most people would not use the words "peaceful and quiet" when describing Waikiki, but from up here, on the lanai of Hula Grill, the 96815 seemed to stand perfectly still as we dine on delicious island fare. As the afternoon slowly approaches, the once footprint-less sand now brims with tourists and beachgoers soaking up the Saturday sun. Another Waikiki morning spent just how I like it - good food with great company, overlooking my favorite part of paradise.
The 96815 Tip: Champagne taste on a budget? Cheers to half price mimosas Friday to Sunday until 3 p.m.!
Hula Grill, located in the Outrigger Waikiki, Breakfast daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Lunch Friday to Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Brunch Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m., and Dinner daily from 4:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.