Following the Ketogenic Diet with a Hawaiian Palate

What Get For Eat at Moena Cafe Kapolei

When I work on a project lately, such as a blog or a social media campaign or whatnot, I tend to plan better when I can group things into a series, and a bunch of “what keto-friendly things get” at restaurants posts seemed like a good place to start. This first series will be titled What Get For Eat, which is the pidgin version of saying “what is there to eat?”

Being a former frequent breakfaster at the many popular places in Honolulu such as Koko Head Cafe, Cafe Kaila, the nook neighborhood bistro, Eggs n Things, Koa Cafe, and Bread and Butter, it can be tough eating keto and going to these places. I’ll be honest: I haven’t been back to any of them in the last month.

Even though I don’t technically have cravings for Cafe Kaila’s waffles or the nook’s liliko’i cheesecake pancakes or Koko Head Cafe’s ricotta pancakes, thinking about the fact that I can’t have them is a big mental bummer. However, I did think it was time I faced the breakfast cafe epicness, so when me and my friend Tracy had to figure out where we were going to have our farewell breakfast, she suggested Moena Cafe in Kapolei. A quick look at their menu online (THANK YOU to restaurants that do this!) told me I’d be able to eat meaty/eggy things, so I agreed.

One hot-mess morning later, I arrived just after 10 a.m. It’s located at Ka Makana Ali’i, a shopping center that looks pretty brand spanking new.

What Get For Eat at Moena Cafe

The place is pretty adorable, inside and out. They were pretty busy when we got there, so we agreed to sit at the bar. We didn’t use it, but their drink menus are super cute.

Keto-friendly menu options:

For the record, you can’t substitute anything for any of the starches. I tried to get a “slice” of avocado in place of toast or rice, and no go.

As you can see, their sides are crazy expensive, so while they’re available, I’d probably just order a regular dish.

They have the coolest coffee cups. And very foamy coffee! I was assured it was just straight-up coffee. They had stevia and Equal.

Tracy got the short rib loco moco, which looked amazing. She let me try some of the short ribs, and they were very tender.

I got the kalua pig omelette because it sounded pretty amazing. It was huge! There’s kalua, onions, and cheese inside. Perfect for a keto breakfast.

Here’s the inside. And look at what’s in the back! They brought me toast anyway! I ignored it, took the butter, and spread it on the omelette. Yay!

This thing was super ono, and all I could think was that I had to make my own at home. Overall, somewhat keto-friendly, though some of their options come at a high cost. Still, it made my first breakfast out since I started eating keto relatively painless.

Crystal is a 38-year-old wife and mom to three. She is a freelance editor for independent fiction authors and the co-author of the Yum-Yum Bento Box cookbooks. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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