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Bogart's Café

Everybody leaves Bogart's Café in Honolulu with a smiling belly and a new habit they won't want to kick. Every weekend, regulars and newcomers pack into this hole-the-wall at the bottom of Diamond Head for morning java and fluffy omelets and waffles. Ocean-inspired art for sale hangs on the walls. Tanned and toned surfers fill the tables and fuel up before paddling to nearby south shore breaks. The young ladies behind the counter crank out espresso drinks and food orders so fast, they practically sprint through work. It's no surprise their tip jar brims with dollar bills.

Starting this month, Bogart's is serving breakfast all day. This means that sweet bread French toast, omelets chock-full of fresh veggies, and award-winning breakfast bagel sandwiches await to satisfy your cravings from sunup to sundown. If none of that sounds appetizing, the gargantuan waffles and pancakes served with fresh fruit and nutella may knock you out of your seat and into a happy food coma. Or, if you're in the mood to splurge, the $20 crab cake eggs benedict may be enough to fill you up for the rest of the day. My personal favorite: the breakfast bagel on an "everything" bagel, which includes fresh egg, spinach, cheese, and tomato.

Bogart's lunches are also an island favorite. From the carnivore to the herbivore, the sandwich and salad menu has something for everyone. The avocado and roasted chicken salad is a popular choice. Fruit fanatics will savor every last bite of the acai bowl. Pronounced "ah-sigh-ee," acai is a berry from the Amazon region loaded with antioxidants and amino acids. The acai craze has hit Hawaii almost as hard as organic food. At Bogarts the acai puree is blended with soy milk, strawberries, bananas, and blueberries to form a thick purple substance less creamy than frozen yogurt, but thicker than a smoothie. It comes in a bowl with heaps of granola, honey, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. Fruit never tasted so good.

After a big, nutritious meal, coffee is in order. Special coffees change daily, but numerous espresso drinks are always available. These come piping hot in over-sized mugs. Mixing caffeine with delectable Bogart's cuisine leaves everyone craving more.

Bogart's is conveniently located a block from Kapiolani Park and a scenic stroll away from Waikiki hotels and beaches. Many folks stop here en-route to the beach, park, and Diamond Head Crater hike.

My one criticism is that they only accept cash.

Price range: $6-$20
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 am – 6 pm, Saturday-Sunday 6 am – 6 pm
3045 Monsarrat Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815-4400
(808) 739-0999

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