Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes your way and nothing seems to bring you down? I had one last Wednesday. With family and friends in town, the day started with the decision to jump in the water at Twin Falls. As we navigated Hana Highway’s bends and curves, our bouncing stomachs reminded us to eat breakfast. Knowing that once we reached the falls our prospects for food would be limited to that woman who sells apple bread, we decided to stop for some grub before continuing our journey. Fortunately we were around the corner from Pauwela Cafe, a local favorite for windsurfers and my cousin.
We walked inside and proceeded to the two display cases, where you can scope the day’s fresh pastries before placing your order. Then you have the option to grab one of the indoor booths or sit at one of the tables outside. Given how nice the weather was, we decided to sit in the Haiku sunshine.
After sitting we passed around a piece of Pauwela’s tasty Banana Bread ($2). It was sweet and hearty and we were especially pleased to discover chocolate chips hidden inside. In no time, the waitress brought our coffee and OJ, both of which were fresh and delicious. Before we had a chance to make much of a dent in our beverages, she returned again, this time with two plates of food.
My cousin Chantal enjoyed a substantial Veggie Burrito stuffed with beans, rice and veggies and smothered in cheese and salsa ($8) while my other cousin Danielle filled up on scrambled eggs and home fries ($4). Both were pleased with their selections but said they would have preferred their food to be served a little hotter.
While we mapped out our plans for the rest of the day, the waitress came back with our remaining two orders. In front of me she placed Da Ono Breakfast Sandwich, which was scrambled eggs, ham, melted cheese and tomato on a toasted bun ($4.50). Our friend Portia got the Breakfast Burrito ($6.50). My sandwich was great—the bun was toasted to perfection, the cheese melted just right and the eggs cooked the way I like them.
While my sandwich was definitely enjoyable, we all walked out a little happier after having a bite of Portia’s breakfast burrito. It’s the perfect combination of breakfast and Mexican foods. The Bechamel sauce had a hint of garlic and when all the flavors mixed together, the whole experience was as close to the Perfect Breakfast that I’ve yet found. All in all, it was a great way to start us on our way to the Falls.
If you’re not in the mood for breakfast or you get a later start to your day then we did, Pauwela Cafe also has a variety of salads ranging from the simple House Salad to more complex Greek, Caesar, and Da Cobb ($6-9). They also serve Da Kalua Turkey, Applewood BLT sandwiches and Haiku’s own Taro Burger ($8). MTW