There are a few places in Kailua to get a great breakfast and Moke’s Bread and Breakfast is definitely one of them. Since 1999, Moke’s Bread and Breakfast has been serving both locals and tourists alike. For 15 years, they have been delivering a great breakfast with the spirit of Aloha which explains why they are one of the best places to eat on the windward side of Oahu. FYI, Moke’s is pronounced as follows “Mo-Keys”.
From what I know, there are 3 famous pancakes on the island of Oahu and they are all in Kailua on the windward side of Oahu. Cinnamon’s has the Guava Chiffon Pancake, Boots and Kimo has the Macadamia Nut Pancake and Moke’s Bread and Breakfast has the Lilikoi Pancake. I have tried them all and it’s no wonder they are all famous. They are all extremely very good.
Due to its popularity, I knew I had to try the Lilikoi pancakes but I also wanted to try something else as well. They have a lot of appealing options and the one that was recommended to me by my server was the Mokapu stuffed hash browns. This dish consists of Portuguese sausage, mushrooms, green onions and cheddar cheese wrapped in a beautifully cooked hash brown. I don’t think I’ve ever tried stuffed hash browns before. I’m happy to say this dish was just as much of a highlight of my breakfast as the famous Lilikoi pancakes were and that’s saying something.
The Lilikoi pancakes have their reputation for a good reason. They are light and fluffy and cooked to a nice golden brown color. The balance of the Lilikoi cream sauce, whipped cream and pancakes were perfect. There wasn’t too much or too little of any component. The Lilikoi cream sauce really is something you should try once. It is very unique to the Hawaiian islands and Mokey’s Bread and Breakfast.
It is hard to believe but for me, the Mokapu stuffed hash browns was the dish I could see coming back for more in the near future. Hash browns are not that complicated by nature, but this method of stuffing them with Portuguese sausage, mushrooms, green onions and cheddar cheese was a brilliant idea. Normally you just douse your hash browns with some ketchup and call it a day. However, for the most part, I did not use any ketchup for these stuffed hash browns. They had plenty of flavor and the best part was, they were not lacking on any ingredients. Almost every bite had several ingredients in it, making the ketchup an unnecessary part of these hash browns.
Overall, I was very happy with the service and the food. The prices are pretty reasonable for this part of the island. Most of their dishes are priced between $6.00 for the grilled cheese up to $14.00 for the large Loco Moco plates. Many of their main dishes fall in the $9.00 to $11.00 range. Considering the quality of food you are getting in the part of town you’re in, their prices are pretty fair.
Another thing I really like about Moke’s Bread and Breakfast, they allow you to order just one pancake if you’d like. When I went to Boots and Kimo, just recently, they did not allow for this. You either got their normal order of three huge pancakes for $11.00 or you could order two for $10.00. The price comparison between these two places is night and day.
I like pancakes just like most of you but whenever I think of pancakes, I think of this quote by the late great Mitch Hedberg, “As a comedian, you have to start the show strong and you have to end the show strong. Those are the two key elements. You can’t be like pancakes…all exciting at first, but then by the end you’re sick of ’em.”
I don’t know how many people can eat three huge pancakes and still eat or enjoy anything else they order from the menu that day. Pancakes will wipe you out if you have too much of them. This is why I really like that Moke’s Bread and Breakfast allows you to just order one if you like. It was just the right amount for me for this breakfast. My review for Boots and Kimo will be up soon. If you would like to see my full review of Cinnamon’s, please click on this link here.
Moke’s Bread and Breakfast is closed on Tuesdays. Just keep this in mind so you don’t get all geared up for some great food just to show up when they’re cleaning the building for the next week’s worth of business. Other than that, they are open from 6:30am to 2:00pm, six days a week.
Here are some photos from my visit to Mokes Bread and Breakfast
Map to Mokes Bread and Breakfast