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It’s a Fine Line: Maui Breakfast Worth the Wait

The Gazebo trio

It sounds crazy to wait in line for an hour for breakfast, doesn’t it? What if I told you that it would be worth it?

Admittedly, I am not the most patient person, and I find it frustrating to wait in a long line for a meal when I’m hungry. Yet, even I’ve (willingly) stood in line for hours at the little Gazebo Restaurant in Napili, Maui, waiting to savor their mouth-watering breakfast items.

The Gazebo is literally a tiny, oceanfront gazebo at the Napili Shores Resort. It was turned into a sit-down restaurant for a most memorable, casual dining experience. It offers limited seating and an extensive line, since advanced reservations are not accepted.

Don’t let that deter you. If you like to eat and appreciate a tasty, hearty breakfast, this place is for you. The Gazebo’s breakfast specialties are the best of the best.

Here is a list of my Gazebo breakfast favorites (what I refer to as the “Gazebo trio”):

  • White chocolate chip macadamia nut pancakes.

Three huge, fluffy pancakes loaded with chopped, roasted macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips, and smothered in a sweet, buttery, whipped topping that can only be compared to ambrosia, the nectar of the gods. They are the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten. And, I’ve eaten a ton of pancakes in my life (did I just admit that?). Cost: $9.25.

  • Breakfast fried rice plate.

An enormous plate of food that can feed a small army. The plate is stacked high with tasty fried white rice, Portuguese sausage, bacon (who doesn’t like bacon?), purple cabbage, carrots, yellow onion, green onion and scrambled eggs. I know it seems odd to eat fried rice for breakfast, but trust me, you will not be disappointed. Cost: $11.25

  • “Big Kahuna” omelet.

Bacon, Portuguese sausage, mushrooms, onions and avocado wrapped in a fluffy egg blanket and smothered in pepper jack cheese. Comes with a side of country potatoes (or rice) and toast. This is simply a taste of heaven. Cost: $11.25

The Gazebo trio is easily enough food to share between three to four people. Serving sizes are huge, so unless you have mastered the art of portion control, you will probably leave the restaurant stuffed beyond belief. The last time I was there, I wished that I had a bigger stomach. I settled for a doggie bag instead.

The Gazebo Restaurant serves breakfast daily from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm. (808) 669-5621.

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