Over Easy in Kailua (Oahu) is a local breakfast spot. They make crispy edge pancakes, kalua pork, a fancy version of Portuguese sausage and rice…and much more! Also can get kim chee on the side ^_^
Brunch bowl with local eggs, avocado, tomato jam, and lots more.
Ready to dig in?
What Is Over Easy?
Over Easy is one of my favorite breakfast spots in Oahu. Open from 7-1pm (1:30pm on weekends), this place is frequented by locals and the many, many visitors to Kailua town (usually on their way to Lanikai Beach). There are lots of great breakfast places in Kailua but Over Easy is the one we visit the most.
Entrance to Over Easy (Oahu)
Where Is Over Easy
Over Easy is located in the heart of Kailua on Oahu island. Kailua is about a 30-40 minute drive from Waikiki, so if you’re staying in Waikiki, you might want to set aside that whole day for exploring Kailua, Kaneohe, Waimanalo, etc.
There’s a ton of stuff near Over Easy including Whole Foods (check out the special Hawaii items at Whole Foods), the Kailua Town Farmers’ Market (a must visit, Sundays from 8am-12pm), and other popular Kailua restaurants including Cinnamon’s, Moke’s Bread and Breakfast, Lanikai Juice, Kalapawai Café & Deli, Leahi Health, Casablanca, and Island Snow (where Obama gets shave ice).
Crispy Edge Pancakes
What Makes Over Easy Special
Over Easy is a family business owned by a husband and wife team (they met while working at Alan Wong’s in Honolulu). It’s an inviting, happy place that feels “so Hawaii.” The food is great, the prices are fair…many things to love ^_^
Pumpkin Crunch Pancakes, a seasonal special
What To Get At Over Easy
I’ve tried nearly all the items on the Over Easy menu over the past few years (everything sounds so good!), and these are my favorites:
Crispy Edge (and Seasonal) Pancakes
These classic/plain pancakes are always on the menu, simply dusted with powdered sugar. The edges are delicate and crisp (as the name promises). These are VERY beautiful, polished pancakes. They’re my favorite pancakes in Hawaii. They come with butter and maple syrup on the side. For $2 more you can add fruit and a brush of cream cheese.
If you’re lucky, you might come on a day when they have a special pancake on the menu! On a recent visit, they had Pumpkin Crunch Pancakes!! Of course we had to get it. We love pumpkin crunch everything in Hawaii (here’s a whole post about pumpkin crunch). These pancakes were sandwiched together with a pumpkin crunch filling, complete with homemade “crunch.” The classic pancakes are light, but this was a rich affair.
Brunch Bowl (also pictured at top of this post) is a big, bright and cheerful bowl with many good things going on:
- local avocado
- pair of soft-boiled eggs
- housemade yogurt
- tomato jam
- sourdough toast
- candied bacon
The idea is to get a little bit of everything in one bite, and then eat the rest as you please. I love the tomato jam smeared on the hot toast and then dipped into the eggs. The candied bacon with avocado (always perfectly ripe, so buttery) is wowowow.
kalua pig / kalua pork, with eggs and roasted potatoes
Egg and Meat Dishes
As with every good breakfast spot, Over Easy offers a classic egg-meat-starch combo on the menu…but with local options. Pick between roasted potatoes or rice (rice is a standard breakfast starch at all Hawaii restaurants). For the meat, chose from bacon, housemade sausage, kalua pig / kalua pork (pictured above), or Portuguese sausage.
P.S. This dish goes extra good with a side order of housemade kim chee.
The Potato N’ Eggs dish
Potato N’ Eggs
Toasted bread stuffed with tomato jam, a soft-boiled egg on each slice and potato puree (so silky!) poured over the top. Bacon dotted all over. It’s almost like a lighter version of eggs benedict.
This dish is complete tableside. You get a bowl with rice, sunny side eggs, and Portuguese sausage (this is a classic Hawaii breakfast trio). They pour hot bacon-cabbage broth over the bowl at the table. It’s warm and comforting and just makes you really happy. Lucky we live Hawaii ^_^
Kalua Pig Hash
Kalua pig / kalua pork makes another appearance in this dish. It’s a kalua pig hash with Okinawan and fingerling potatoes. Topped with a pair of OK Poultry eggs and lomi lomi tomatoes. Ring of green goddess and cilantro.
Over Easy: Insider Tips
- Street parking only, you can usually find a metered spot along Kuulei Road.
- No reservations, short waits on the weekdays, and pretty long waits on the weekends.
- If you like Over Easy, the owners also have a local barbecue spot called Easy ‘Que – they head there right after Over Easy closes at 1/1:30pm. One of the barbecue sauce options is made with li hing!