Dishing Out American Classics With Local Flair at WailanaAli Carte Columns
July 8, 2012
Story By: Ali Resich | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
As any kamaaina will tell you, Wailana Coffee House has been a local favorite for what seems like forever. The Waikiki mainstay has been serving up American classics as well as local favorites at the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Ena Road since 1969. According to general manager Kenton Tom, its roots go back even further than that, as the restaurant is located where the original Kapiolani Drive Inn once stood — another legendary spot founded by his father, Francis Tom, during the 1950s.
Following in the footsteps of the classic Drive Inn, Wailana presents locals and tourists alike with a selection of their favorite comfort foods offered at a great price. And since the coffee house is open 24 hours a day (except 10 p.m. Tuesday-6 a.m. Wednesday), patrons can satisfy their cravings whenever they choose. All the pancakes you can eat ($6.35) is a good place to start, since it’s offered ’round the clock. This stack of buttermilk pancakes becomes the stuff of dreams with a nice dollop of butter and drizzle of maple, boysenberry or coconut syrup. Enjoy the fluffy creations alongside two eggs any style and a choice of bacon, Portuguese sausage, Vienna sausage, link sausage or Spam.
The eatery also whips up an indulgent Eggs Benedict ($9.85), made with smoked ham, turkey breast, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce on top of a toasted English muffin. A pile of hashed browns seal the delicious deal.
And for meat-loaf lovers, Wailana cooks up Meat-Loaf Extraordinaire ($12.75), a feast of freshly made meat-loaf that is crusty on the outside and moist on the inside. Its hearty flavor comes together with a touch of sweetness from pineapple, as well as a savory bite of garlic, pepper, carrots, onion, Worcestershire sauce and a rich gravy. Then, a baked potato, loaf of sourdough, chocolate sundae with macadamia nuts and whipped topping, and a beverage complete the meal.
With one of the friendliest wait staffs in town, experience the charming, diner-like feel and undoubtably local flair that makes Wailana Coffee House one-of-a-kind.
Wailana Coffee House
1860 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
Open daily 24 hours except 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday