With everything that has been going on, I just haven’t felt like finishing this post. If you don’t know already, it’s very hard to get to Hawaii right now (as it should be). Flights have been reduced drastically, and the state is requiring all visitors to quarantine. Many hotels and restaurants have even closed too. It’s just tough right now for everyone.
I think we all need a distraction though, so I’m sharing our budget friendly dining options with you today from our most recent trip to Oahu. I hope you enjoy! I also hope we can all take a vacation after this is over.
Koa Pancake House
Koa Pancake House is a small franchise on Oahu. We decided to give it try after seeing it on Trip Advisor, and I’m so glad we did. Ryan ordered the macadamia nut pancakes, and I ordered fried rice with an egg. We spent $17 total for the two of us, and we couldn’t even finish it all. The pancakes were large and delicious. The small plate I had was also good, but I would order the pancakes in the future. Great breakfast options overall.
Kona Brewing Company at Koko Marina
We decided to split an appetizer and the beer cheese soup (which is served in a bread bowl). We chose the guacamole and chips to start, but the guacamole wasn’t fresh. It tasted like it was bought at a store if that makes sense. The beer cheese soup was absolutely delicious. We would go back just for that. Our meal was $20 plus tip. I highly recommend requesting to sit outside.
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
Teddy’s Bigger Burger is another popular chain on Oahu. We thought we’d give their burgers try. We split the Hawaiian burger (1/2 pound patty) and fries, which was plenty of food for us. Each burger is about $7, so still affordable if you don’t split. Our meal, with a drink, was $16. The food was pretty good, but I’m obsessed with Seven Brothers.
This was our second time visiting Seven Brothers, and it was just as delicious as before. Best burger I’ve ever had! We like to order the Paniolo Burger and Paniolo Fries. Both are smothered in bacon, teriyaki, and special sauce. It’s so good! Everything is freshly prepared, and you can taste the difference.
Again, we split this since it’s pretty large. This meal is about $20 or so before tip. I highly recommend stopping by for lunch if you’re visiting the North Shore. They have two locations on the North Shore and we prefer the one located in the shopping center in Laie.
Leonard’s Bakery is famous for their malasadas. They offer a variety of flavors, including options with filling. Each malasada, also known as a donut, is $1.30 or more depending on the flavor ($1.60 for filling). We ordered six and could only eat four. They are super delicious warm. I do wish they sold sauce to go with them. They might…I just missed it if that was an option. You can grab a coffee from your hotel or Starbucks then head over to Leonard’s for a treat. They open at 5:30 AM, which is great if you’re from the east coast.
Ted’s Bakery is one of my favorite places on the island. They offer a variety of delectable pastries and cakes in addition to meals. This is an affordable breakfast and lunch option. We recommend the Loco Moco for breakfast. We haven’t had an opportunity to eat there for lunch, but we’ve seen the lunch options others have ordered. Everything is great and affordable. I think we spent less than $15 on breakfast.
I highly recommend the macadamia nut danishes. Heaven in your mouth. Don’t blame me if you get addicted. Do note that parking can be difficult at times.
I highly recommend visting Monkeypod for lunch or dinner. If you want to save money, go during Happy Hour. Happy Hour is from 3:30 to 5:00 and 9:00 to 11:00 PM daily. Pizzas are only $10 and appetizers are half off. Ryan and I enjoyed a pizza and brussel sprouts as an early dinner. We also ordered dessert, so I think we spent about $40 with tip (which included a beer). They also offer drink specials as well. This is another great place to eat outside and enjoy the ocean air.
Hawaiians generally like larger portions. Many restaurants (especially the more authentic places) are going to give you a lot of food. Ryan and I often split meals so that we don’t waste food. It also saves us money. Depending on how much you eat really determines whether you should split.
If you have dining questions, please leave a comment below. I would be happy to offer recommendations. Until next time, Mahalo! Stay safe!