Hawaii, and America in general, serve up massive portion sizes. After almost a week of eating to excess and paying the price I wanted a healthier lunch option. As usual, I turned to my trusty friend Trip Advisor to check out my options and Goofy Cafe & Dine Waikiki was near the top of the list. Read on for the details …
Goofy Cafe & Dine Waikiki Overview
Goofy Cafe & Dine Waikiki is half way between the Sheraton Waikiki where we stayed and The Ala Moana shopping centre (read more on Waikiki shopping here). Their mantra is “local first; organic wherever possible”. Goofy’s is incredibly popular and on the day we visited there as a line out the door so we had to wait almost an hour for a table, all the while thinking this better be worth it! The dining area is simple, light filled and cooled by large overhead fans. Situated upstairs on a main road, there are no views but that is not what draws people to Goofy’s. Mains start at around $10 so Goofy’s won’t break the bank.
Goofy Cafe & Dine Waikiki offers an all day breakfast menu and well as more substantial fare. I chose the local fruits acai bowl (pronounced ah-sah-ee). As usual I asked for a change to the menu and switched the blueberries for my preferred strawberries. This caused much commotion and consultation with the kitchen ensued. They finally agreed with a $2 surcharge. I have never had an acai bowl before but was certainly aware of the “superfood” hype and it fit my healthy eating agenda to a T. I wasn’t sure what to expect and for the uninitiated, an acai bowl is basically a thick smoothie made from acai berries topped with whatever you like, usually fruit, oatmeal or yoghurt. Brimming with antioxidants, acai berry tastes a bit like a cross between a raspberry and chocolate. I had my first tentative bite and wasn’t revolted so I went back for a few more. It was perfectly edible but not really for me. I think this is just a matter of personal taste though as plenty of other diners were tucking in with relish. Read more glowing reviews on Trip Advisor here.
The Hubs clearly wasn’t on board with my health mission and he opted for the Big Island Beef Loco Moco. After not being particularly thrilled with my meal I was eyeing The Hubs’ plate across the table with envy. Being a nice guy he offered to share and even made sure the egg didn’t touch anything I was eating. Loco Moco is a typical Hawaiian dish consisting of rice, gravy, hamburger patties and fried egg which was created when the inventor had nothing else in the fridge. I love gravy and often find restaurants skimp on the serving size but not so at Goofy Cafe & Dine Waikiki. It seemed a strange combination to me initially, but it was truly a match made in heaven. Very moorish!
Location: Suite 201 1831 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu Hawaii 96815 USA
Opening Hours: Daily from 7am – 11pm.
Average Cost: I paid approx AUD $30 for two courses for two people with drinks before tipping.
Contact Details: Phone +1 808 943 0077 or visit online.
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Until Next Time …
Disclaimer: This post is NOT SPONSORED. I paid for my meal at Goofy Cafe & Dine Waikiki in full and as always, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for which a small commission may be paid.
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