KOKO HEAD CAFÉ (O‘AHU)
The newest of this brunch bunch, Koko Head Café exists for the foodies at heart. Founded by chef Lee Anne Wong of Top Chef fame, who can occasionally be spotted cooking as well as waiting tables, this spot is located on a humble corner in Kaimuki, an eclectic neighborhood known for its top-notch dining. Dig into savory dishes served in hefty cast-iron skillets or the sweetest brunch dish you may ever introduce your tastebuds to: a cornflake-crusted French toast with brown-sugar bacon, blackpepper maple syrup, and a dollop of Frosted Flakes gelato made by Via Gelato, just across the street. Get more than just sugar buzzed by way of the drink menu, which includes the Queen’s Mimosa, made with sparkling cava, elderflower, and a splash of guava, or the Morning Milkshake, a frothy blend of Maker’s Mark bourbon, vanilla gelato, honey maple, granola, and bacon.