Brunching at The Nook

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DSC01991All of a sudden, Honolulu became big on breakfast. Just this year so far, seven new breakfast/brunch restaurants have opened in the city, and they all command chic-looking weekend crowds. When did breakfast become the most stylish meal of the day?

Whatever the case, The Nook Neighborhood Bistro (in Puck’s Alley, where Kiss My Grits used to be) is one of those new morning hotspots. You’ll find your usual breakfast/brunch favorites, like benedicts, waffles and pancakes, but with a contemporary local twist. Chicken and waffles gets a local touch with mochiko flour instead of regular flour; the breakfast sandwich uses a malasada for a bun instead of regular bread. (Click here to see the full menu and more photos.)

If you go, try to do it on a weekday so you can avoid the crowds (that is, unless you want to see and be seen). And since it’s open in the morning, Puck’s Alley parking is wide open. One last tip: you’ll probably want to order the haupia oatmeal, as we did, but plan ahead and order it while you decide on other things to eat — it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to make since it’s done from scratch. Here are some things we did eat:

The Nook

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Overall, we enjoyed The Nook and the flavors of home cooking. We'll be back, especially since we heard great things about the home made hot sauce — we'll have to order something to go with that next time.

 

The Nook Neighborhood Bistro
1035 University Ave.
808-942-2222

10 comments
OlenaHeu
OlenaHeu

The irony is these two created the nook cause they were tired of waiting in lines to get a good breakfast/brunch. But this is for sure one of my favorite places right now!!!

crysmy
crysmy

That grilled cheese and pear sammitch actually looked good! And you know how I don't like fruit with my savory... :) 

jlieu
jlieu

So awesome. I went there and love everything so cute and love how all the pastries and jam are homemade 


Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  as advertised...went during an off hour so it was not crowded.  Can imagine if this place gets really busy.  Attentive staff.

Myong
Myong

I went there for breakfast last weekend. Service was very nice, but a little spotty. I absolutely loved their scone. The chicken and waffles was just okay at best. The pork belly benedict was pretty good. Good enough to go back and try again.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@OlenaHeu No such thing in this town. I feel like I've been waiting in line all my life!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@Myong yeah, I went on a weekday and weekend, so service on the busy weekend is a little frazzled. I hope I get to try that haupia oatmeal one of these days!