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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Goofy Cafe: A New All-Day Brunch Spot


Left: Goofy Cafe interior; right: acai bowl with papaya, pineapple and banana

Sometimes it takes a visitor to find the gems in our city. Especially when it's in Waikiki.

A friend came to Honolulu for a week recently and discovered a new cafe and restaurant near the Hilton Hawaiian Village, in the former Fat Greek space. He loved it so much, he ate there almost every day.

The restaurant has been redone in a cozy, beachy vibe with reclaimed wood and accented with surfboards that, from the looks of them, are actually used, waxed and ready to go. Goofy Cafe, it turns out, is not named after the Disney character but for the right-foot forward surfing stance. It’s also conveniently located near the surf spot Bowls. (The public parking lot for that beach is also the best place to park for Goofy Cafe.)


From left to right: eggs Benedict, French toast, loco moco

Breakfast is served all day, till 11 p.m., though Goofy also offers a lunch and dinner menu. For breakfast, healthy eaters will delight in huge acai bowls piled high with fresh fruit and green smoothies poured over chia seeds. For more substantial post-surf fare, there are eggs Benedict, available with slices of Shinsato pork and a side of sweet potatoes and raw kale (a little hard to choke down—they could use a quick saute or shredded salad treatment); and a Big Island beef loco moco blanketed in a dark gravy with a hint of tomato.

The French toast is drizzled with creamy Big Island honey and served with fresh whipped cream so thick and delicious it’s like eating ice cream. It’s available with fresh fruit or berries, cinnamon and pineapple, or a dark chocolate sauce. (Spotted hanging on the wall: a Manoa Chocolate trucker hat.)

Goofy Cafe is so into local, it has a “traceability report” on the menu, indicating which farm its eggs, butter, kale, coffee and more are from (if you’re curious: Ka Lei, Naked Cow Dairy, Otsuji, Maui Coffee). Come later, for dinner or to sit at the bar, and you can get a shochu sour, shaken with Hawaiian Shochu Co.'s unique Haleiwa-made spirit.

The new spot shares the same owners as Aloha Table in Waikiki, where local foods are tweaked for a mostly Japanese clientele. At Goofy, though, the appeal for both locals and visitors is much more obvious.

Breakfast entrees from $9 to $14
Goofy Cafe and Dine
1831 Ala Moana Blvd., second floor, 943-0077, goofy-honolulu.com

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in Permalink

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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.



 

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