Hanapepe Café & Bakery

restaurants / Cafe

Lonely Planet review

This is your one must-visit Westside restaurant. At once creative and old-fashioned, it is located in a former pharmacy, with a dozen ceiling fans, walls covered in local art and oodles of charm. Breakfasts such as frittata with red potatoes ($12) or quiche and croissant pair well with spicy espresso, while ‘ahi (Hawaiian tuna) makes a great $14 lunch. The Friday specials-only dinner menu takes the cake, with items such as Hungarian mushroom soup, Creole-inspired mahimahi bouillabaisse and macadamia-nut spinach salad. Owner Helen Lacono also serves up a genuinely customer-driven attitude. Dedicated to keeping her patrons happy, her famous in-house baked focaccia, multigrain breads and aromatic cinnamon rolls make even North Shore recluses trek to the sleepy Westside.