Boots & Kimo’s in Kailua on Oahu

Just wanted to share a couple of pics of one of my favorite things to eat in the world. that would be anything with the Macadamia nut sauce from Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen in Kailua. Below is an excerpt from my “Oahu Like A Local” guide.

folks waiting in the sunshine at Kimo & Boot's in Kailua

     waiting in the sunshine at Kimo & Boots in Kailua

Two eggs, Hawaiian smoked sausage, rice and banana pancakes with mac nut sauce!

  Two eggs, Hawaiian smoked sausage, rice and banana pancakes with mac nut sauce!

Two eggs, Hawaiian smoked sausage, rice and banana pancakes with mac nut sauce!

 

Whenever we’re on Oahu, we try to stop at a couple of places on the Windward side of the island. One of them is Lanikai Beach, and the other is Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen in Kailua. Are either of these worth a trip all the way to Kailua? Yes, and yes. To find out why, read on. To get to the Kailua area,  hop on Hwy 61, or the Pali Highway. You can get on H1 West by going up Punahou Street near South King Street, then head West on H1 until you see the Pali Highway turnoff. You’ll be on the Pali Highway about 8 miles. You’ll head past the Queen Emma Summer Palace, over the mountains and down towards Kailua. Once the road flattens out and you see the signs for Kailua town, turn right on Hamakua Street. You’ll pass the Foodland shopping center. The first left will be Hekili Street. Turn left, pass the paint store on the right, and you’ll see the tiny Boots & Kimo’s on the right, just opposite the Bowling alley. It’s a small neighborhood place that seats maybe 20 people. The décor is great, if you are a fan of the Denver Broncos. If not, just try the pancakes with mac nut sauce and you’ll forget about the décor. I promise. When you are here, you MUST order the pancakes with Macadamia nut sauce. The banana pancakes are very good with the Macadamia nut sauce, but then again, I’d probably eat an old sneaker with this Macadamia nut sauce on it. I can’t figure out what’s in the sauce, but it is a creamy, sweet, dessert quality sauce, and I bet it would be great on ice cream. My favorite breakfast here is 2 eggs over easy,  Hawaiian smoked sausage, steamed rice and a side of banana pancakes with the Macadamia nut sauce. Delicious! Add a glass of guava juice and a cup of coffee and you’ve got a perfect breakfast for me. I’ve tried the fried rice and ribs, but I’d say you can get better fried rice at Side Street and better ribs at Helena’s.  On busy days, like on the weekend, they’ll give you a menu as you are waiting outside. Before you are seated, they will take yourorder, so when you actually sit down, you won’t have to wait for your food. Genius! One tip: there is no restroom here, so before you leave for the beach, stop down the street at the Foodland shopping center. Go into Foodland, and on the right side as you enter, you’ll find a restroom behind the produce section. Clean, easy access, and a lifesaver if you have to go right after breakfast!

 

 

 

 

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