TASTY CRUST, WAILUKU
Call ‘em whatever you want: griddle cakes, hot cakes, flapjacks—after a Friday night of indulging there’s no better cure for the Saturday morning gurgles (OK, a little graphic, sorry) than a piping hot stack of fried batter topped with fruit, nuts, syrup or, ideally, all of the above. And when it comes to pancakes, Tasty Crust is the undisputed spatula-wielding champ. We’ve heard different theories about what goes into their breakfast treats to make them so light and fluffy but frankly we don’t care. Why would we want to figure it out and try to make them at home when Tasty’s got us covered like a maple syrup slathered stack?
The world may not need another ‘50s themed nostalgia diner with red vinyl booths, but damn if the vittles here aren’t rib-stickingly delicious. Their cinnamon roll French toast is highly recommended; but we’re here today to talk about that other sugary AM staple, which they have in a variety of sizes and delectable flavors. Plus, for the truly zoned out, they’ve got The Wizard of Oz playing on a loop in this weird little porthole TV.
STELLA BLUES, KIHEI
We mentioned berries and nuts as possible toppings but failed to add another great option: chocolate chips. For those whose sweet tooth is tough to satiate, this combination is killer in the best possible sense. If that sounds like too much of a good thing, Stella’s also has the “Triple Bs”: blueberries, banana and plain old buttermilk.
After a couple head clearing hours spent splashing with the wee ones in the placid waters of Baby Beach, roll into town and enjoy a stack of thick-but-airy hot cakes coated with banana and macadamia nuts on the patio of this bustling corner eatery. Then cap the day off with a trip to the across-the-road graveyard for some awesome ocean views and a little post-pancake reflection.
KIHEI CAFFE, KIHEI
Order at the counter, hope you can grab a table and watch the tourists walk by as you wait for your scrumptious stack to arrive. Seriously though, get your people watching out of the way early, because once the cakes are in front of you, you won’t be looking up ‘til they’re gone. MTW