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Check out the 5 most popular spots in Honolulu's Kaimuki neighborhood

Koko Head Cafe | Photo: Melissa Jean A./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on August 07, 2019.

Looking to uncover all that Kaimuki has to offer? Get to know this Honolulu neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a gelato and sorbetto shop to a brunch spot.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Kaimuki, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Koko Head Cafe

Photo: melissa jean a./Yelp

Topping the list is cafe and breakfast and brunch spot Koko Head Cafe. Located at 1145 C 12th Ave., it's the most popular business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,668 reviews on Yelp.

For brunch, you'll find authentic island treats like Auntie Alohi Cakes (keona, bananas, sour cream and guava jam), breakfast Congee (bacon, Portuguese sausage, heritage ham, soft poached egg, cheddar cheese, scallions and cinnamon-bacon croutons) and volcano eggs (baked eggs, spicy tomato-based sauce, cheddar cheese, choice of daily north shore vegetables or diced Portugese sausage).

Click here to view the menu.

2. Saigon's Restaurant

Photo: dani s./Yelp

Next up is Vietnamese spot Saigon's Restaurant, situated at 3624 Waialae Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 237 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

Try the sauteed beef and onions sandwich, which includes lettuce, cucumber, pickles, carrots, daikon, parsley and mayo; curry with chicken, tofu, shrimp or beef; or the fried rice, grilled barbecue, spicy lemongrass plates with a protein of your choice. 

3. Earl Kaimuki

Photo: earl kaimuki/Yelp

Earl Kaimuki, a spot to score sandwiches and salads, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 1137 11th Ave., Suite 102, 4.5 stars out of 733 reviews.

Earl Kaimuki serves signature sandwiches with housemade spreads and unique flavor combinations. On the menu, anticipate options like the Fun Goat (goat cheese, sauteéd mushrooms, fennel onion marmalade, cherry tomato, cucumber, basil pesto and spinach), avocado banh mi (tomato, cucumber, avocado, spicy basil mayo, pickled carrot and daikon and cilantro on a Bale baguette) and The Drew (pastrami, tomato jam, horseradish mayo, Swiss cheese, whole grain mustard, house-made pickle and tomato).

View the full menu here. 

4. Via Gelato

Photo: tia m./Yelp

Via Gelato, a spot to score sweet treats, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 775 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1142 12th Ave. to see for yourself.

Choose from 14 flavors of gelato, sorbetto and creamy vegan treats with flavors that range from banana cream pie and cookies and cream to green tea and dark chocolate. See the full list of flavors here. 

5. The Surfing Pig Hawaii

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Check out The Surfing Pig Hawaii, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 458 reviews on Yelp. You can find the cocktail bar, Hawaiian restaurant and breakfast and brunch spot at 3605 Waialae Ave.

Voted recently the No. 1 Plate Lunch, No. 1 Breakfast, No. 1 Restaurant Under $29 and No. 1 Cheap Eats by Reader's Choice Awards in Hawaii Magazine, according to its website, The Surfing Pig Hawaii features a menu of slow-roasted pork, dijon salmon, truffle butter rib eye and more.


This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.

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