Since opening a third location in November, Eggs ‘n Things (established in Hawaii in 1974) has extended the tourist hotspot from the heart of Waikiki to international shopping destination Ala Moana Center, all while preserving what makes the restaurant chain popular.
With creamy yellow walls adorned with vintage photographs of Hawaii and light fixtures hanging above booths and tables, the Ala Moana location of Eggs ‘n Things is the type of diner you might not expect to find near a fast-paced urban shopping center. It’s busy, yet quiet–between Payless and Nijiya Market outside the main bustle–and fast, but friendly. When I went with a friend for lunch, we were seated in a matter of minutes by attentive and caring staff.
The servers take your order on iTouches and send it in electronically; they speak (albeit sometimes imperfect) Japanese to tourists, extending the aloha spirit to Eggs ‘n Things’s most advertised-to clientele. The spinach, bacon and cheese omelet, one of their most popular items, with pepper jack cheese and a side of three chocolate chip pancakes topped with a mountain of whipped cream and chopped macadamia nuts ($15.90), was delicious and none too sweet. It, with sweet bread French toast ($11.55) and a side order of bacon (four strips for $5.95) for my dining buddy, came fairly quickly, the only complaint being the price of some items (the bacon was rather thin, and $3.45 is a bit high for chocolate milk).
The Ala Moana restaurant has the same menu as the other locations (Saratoga Flagship Store on Saratoga Road and Waikiki Beach Eggspress on Kalakaua Avenue) and offers a 10 percent discount for kamaaina. It’s another perfect place to have your eggs and eat them, too.Eggs ‘n Things, 451 Piikoi St., open Sun.–Thu., 6am–10pm and Fri.–Sat., 6am–midnight, [eggsnthings.com], 538-3447